Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi
|Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi|
|Founded||October 1, 1998
University of California, Davis
|Motto||Spirit, Strength, Sisterhood (open)|
|Philanthropy||American Jewish World Service|
In the early 1990s with the closing of a national Jewish sorority, the University of California, Davis was left without a Jewish women's social organization. Alpha Epsilon Pi, a national Jewish fraternity, urged the women of Davis to start a Jewish women's social organization of their own. With positive response from the campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi was formed.
The "Sigma" is meant to represent "sisters of" in honor of Alpha Epsilon Pi's contributions towards the formation of the sorority. Sigma is also the 18th letter of the Greek alphabet in Jewish tradition, the number 18 means chai (life).
The six women who founded the sorority; Alycia Seaman, Erin Glick, Leah Dansker, Rachel Rothfarb, Erin Barker, and Dana Miller are considered the eternal mothers of the sorority.
"The purpose of this organization shall be to promote unity, support, and a Jewish awareness, as well as to provide a Jewish experience for ourselves, our members, and the community as a whole. This organization is devoted to friendship, motivation, opportunity, leadership, and well-being."
The first season of MTV’s “Sorority Life” was filmed in the spring of 2002 on the UC Davis campus featuring members and pledges of ΣΑΕΠ. Through the airing of the show, ΣΑΕΠ began to expand across the country.
A national board was started in the summer of 2002 to oversee the expansion and growth of ΣΑΕΠ as a nationwide sorority. Currently, there are eight alumnae members from different chapters voluntarily serving as the directors on the National Board, and four alumnae members serving as assistant directors.
2016-2017 National Board members are:
- Director of Operations: Adi Hanein (Charter)
- Director of Membership: Rachel Allen (Mu)
- Director of Expansion: Jessica Levy (Mu)
- Director of Finance: Emmy Bajayo (Lambda)
- Director of Alumnae Relations: Emily Wasson (Charter)
- Director of Programming: Dawn Savage (Mu)
- Director of Public Relations: Ashley Nahin (Mu)
- Director of Protocol: Adi Hanein (Charter)
- Assistant Director of Operations and Protocol: Hilary Stein (Charter)
- Assistant Director of Public Relations and Membership: Liva Jostad-Laswell (Nu)
- Assistant Director of Expansion - East: Vacant
- Assistant Director of Expansion - West: Mimi Premo (Pi)
- Assistant Director of Programming and Alumnae Relations: Lisa Goldberg (Omicron)
At the 2008 national convention, Cancer Schmancer was selected as the sorority's national philanthropy.
In 2011 the National Board re-evaluated the national philanthropy and decided to move on to an organization that encompasses all of the philosophies of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. American Jewish World Service was chosen. In addition to the national philanthropy, some chapters also support local philanthropies.
- "About Us". Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi National Website. Retrieved February 3, 2010.