Parents Information

Dear Tri Sigma Parents/Guardians:

Tri Sigma has enriched the lives of its members for more than a century, and provides opportunities for personal growth, academic achievement, leadership development, service to others, and a lifetime of friendship.

This is such an exciting time! We realize that meeting academic demands and achieving scholastic success while honoring her commitment to the sorority will be a balancing act—and we are here to assist in navigating the way.

Rest assured, there are limitless opportunities awaiting your daughter within Tri Sigma. Comprehensive chapter support services, educational programs, publications, leadership conferences and membership development are also benefits available to your daughter as a member of Tri Sigma. Whether she participates in campus activities, intramural athletics, service projects or assumes a leadership role within her chapter, the national organization will be right alongside her to provide resources, mentors, and educational opportunities designed to promote personal development.

Please know that safety, harm reduction and prevention are extremely important—and Tri Sigma understands the value of guiding our members in responsible decision-making. Chapter activities should meet the social and developmental needs of college students, while also complying with state and federal laws and in accordance with Tri Sigma’s zero-tolerance hazing policy.

Sorority life is an enjoyable and rewarding journey and we invite you, as parents, to join in the fun. Take some time to learn a bit about this wonderful sisterhood. Congratulations to you and your daughter—and best wishes during these college years and beyond!




Tri Sigma National President, Joyce Newcom O’Daniel  

If you have questions about your daughter's experience, she can be your first resource followed by the local chapter advisor, then either the campus or National Support systems (

Glossary of Terms

Sister: A term used in a women's sorority when referring to another initiated member.

Bid: A formal invitation to join a sorority.

Badge: Formal pin worn by Initiated Members.

Chapter: A local group of of a National sorority. 

Values: The ideals or principles of a sorority.

Ritual: The actions or expressions of behavior using the values, the hidden message behind the ceremony. 

Initiation: A way of of committing members to these values so they understand Ritual and out values, this is when a new member formally becomes an active sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma. 

Legacy: A potential new member has a close relative that is a member of a sorority.

Philanthropy: Community service and fundraising efforts done by a sorority.

Dues: Fees a sorority member pays. 

New Member: A formal term given to a woman from the time she accepts her bid to the time she is initiated. 

New Member Education: Time spent before a new member is initiated where she learns about Sigma Sigma Sigma and sorority life in general. 

National Panhellenic Council: The governing body for women's sororities.