Tri Sigma sisters,
As we venture through these days of considerable uncertainty, be sure to know that the health, safety, and well-being of our sisters during this pandemic is our top priority. These are unprecedented times, and thankfully we have our sisterhood to navigate these difficulties together. Wisdom, power, faith, hope, and love have never been more important to give us strength and guide us through these troublesome times!
While your health is of utmost importance, your experiences still matter. Sadly, current events are impeding day-to-day life. Sorority activities are being impacted, thereby putting a damper on your overall Tri Sigma experience. Since the start of the new year, excitement has been building for Founders Day celebrations, chapter milestone anniversaries, graduation parties, upcoming sisterhood events, and commencement ceremonies. In an instant, circumstances have quickly and drastically changed. College campuses are desolate, many are shifting to online instruction, and events are being postponed or canceled. Ironically now, while belonging to a social sorority which values establishing perpetual bonds of friendship, we are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing for the sake of good health and minimizing the spread of the new coronavirus.
Staff and volunteers are working diligently to figure out how to make the best of circumstances that are beyond our control. Since the majority of Tri Sigma’s staff are remote employees, necessary adjustments due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 have been minimal, and the national headquarters staff can all be reached in the usual manner. Attention to our members has not been interrupted, and staff has been in continual contact with our collegiate and alumnae chapters regarding informational and procedural updates. Much of what has been provided may be found—and will continue to be documented—on the website at trisigma.org/covid19.
We understand that there are many questions about the status of upcoming events. We are receiving updates from campus and chapter leaders, and we are making decisions about how to proceed with chapter operations, celebrations, and national programming events, which all contribute to our shared Tri Sigma experiences. More information will be communicated in the coming days. Though we have no control over the devastating effects this virus is having in the world, we can still do everything in our power to create meaningful experiences for our sisters—to make our moments count and show how much we care for one another.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our sisters, family, and friends. We are so thankful for healthcare workers, community leaders, government officials, and many others who are doing their part to negate the impact of this catastrophic situation. During this time, we encourage you to reach out to your Tri Sigma sisters to remain connected and offer friendship, support, encouragement, and kindness. We are in this together.
With Sigma love,
Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta