Fall Primary Recruitment 2020
FALL CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member in our community! Throughout the Fall 2020 semester, some of our chapters will be participating in Continuous Open Bidding.
You are eligible to participate in Fall COB if:
you did not sign a MRABA and accept a bid from a chapter
you single intention preferenced (SIPed) a chapter, and did not receive a bid
We encourage you to reach out directly to the following chapters via email to receive information about their COB process:
Alpha Chi Omega
Gamma Phi Beta
Contact: Alissa De Leon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pi Beta Phi
Contact: Anna Miller (email@example.com)
Zeta Tau Alpha
Sara Kopunova (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recruitment Dates 2020:
Orientation/Recruitment Application Due Date: Wednesday, August 26th 6pm-9pm
Go Greek Day 1: Thursday, August 27th 6pm-9:20pm
Go Greek Day 2: Friday, August 28th 5pm-8:55pm
Sisterhood Day 1: Saturday, August 29th 10am-3pm
Sisterhood Day 2: Sunday, August 30th 10am-2:20pm
Philanthropy Day 1: Monday, August 31st 6pm-8:50pm
Philanthropy Day 2: Tuesday, September 1st 6pm-8:50pm
Preference Night: Wednesday, September 2nd 6pm-9:45pm
Bid Day: Thursday, September 3rd 6:30pm
Hello Potential New Members!
Thank you for your patience as Panhellenic has been diligently finalizing our recruitment plans for the upcoming semester. Panhellenic has collaborated with chapter leadership to ensure that we are prioritizing the health and safety of active and potential new members. In response to COVID-19, Fall primary Recruitment is transitioning to be entirely virtual. There will be no in person events hosted. Potential new members and active members are required to use Zoom throughout the nine-day recruitment period. As a UC Berkeley undergraduate, all students have access to Zoom pro accounts which can be found here. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the format of Zoom prior to the beginning of recruitment.
We understand that this is not the recruitment format that many of us were anticipating. However, we highly advise you to still go through Fall Primary Recruitment. Potential new members will not have the opportunity to go through the formal process until Fall of 2021. In a typical year, only about half of our chapters participate in the spring recruitment process, Continuous Open Bidding (COB). Fall Primary Recruitment is the only opportunity to meet all thirteen chapters and find the chapter that is the best fit for you.
Your time at UC Berkeley is fleeting and this semester may prove to be difficult for new students to formulate connections due to the lack of in person exposure. Panhellenic will immediately provide you with meaningful connections and virtual community that you can depend on.
The entirety of Panhellenic events for the Fall semester will be hosted online. This applies to all UC Berkeley student run organizations. Greek life is no exemption. We encourage you to check out our community guidelines that Panhellenic and chapter leadership have developed here. Panhellenic has already had half a semester of experience with online membership, and we are continuously developing fun and new ways to connect virtually. Regardless of whether or not you will be in the Bay Area this Fall, Panhellenic is a strong community of womxn that are here to support you during these difficult times. Please watch our Panhellenic info sessions here to learn about our in person and virtual membership experience.
We look forward to having you as a member of our community.
All recruitment events will be on Pacific Standard Time.
If you are an international student that will be in a different time zone, please reach out to Panhellenic directly for us to best accommodate you throughout the Recruitment process.
Panhellenic Vice President of Membership
Fast Facts About Virtual Recruitment
Will recruitment be in person?
No, the entire process will be virtual and no events will be in person. PNMs are not allowed to be on chapter property.
How will I get to know a chapter through Zoom?
Chapters are emulating the in person recruitment experience through videos, presentations, etc. You will still learn about chapter’s sisterhood, philanthropy, mentorship programs, scholarships, and general information. In addition, you will be meeting the same number of active members as you would in person.
What is the structure of virtual recruitment?
Virtual recruitment will be very similar to in person recruitment. Potential new members will still be going through four rounds of recruitment. The process is two days longer than a normal recruitment cycle to account for Zoom fatigue.
Is there an in-person make-up recruitment?
No, recruitment for Panhellenic will be virtual for the unforeseeable future. Our next formal recruitment cycle is not until Fall 2021, and the status of whether or not it will be in person is to be determined.
Will there be a formal recruitment process in the Spring of 2021?
No, there will only be Continuous Open Bidding (COB) and no formal recruitment process. In a typical year, only about half of our chapters participate in Spring COB. We highly encourage you to go through Fall Primary Recruitment in order to meet all thirteen chapters.
What is the fee to go through recruitment?
There is no fee to participate in recruitment this year!
Will any Panhellenic events be in person this fall?
No, all Panhellenic events will be virtual. All UC Berkeley clubs and organizations are required to be online this semester, to be in accordance with university and city guidelines.
Will there be any on campus requirements to be a member of Panhellenic this semester?
No, there is no disadvantage if you are not in the city of Berkeley, since all events will be virtual. We encourage you to review the Greek community guidelines and University guidelines.
What type of events will be hosted online this Fall by chapters and Panhellenic?
Sisterhood events, Philanthropy events, New member meetings and events, Panhellenic academic events, sister mixers, Big/little events, Panhellenic work out sessions, and initiation. As a community, we are continuing to develop ways to engage our members.
Will I be able to live in my sorority this Fall?
Most likely no, priority is given to active members. Due to COVID-19, capacity of chapter houses is at 50% or less. Chapter homes are social distancing groups of Panhellenic womxn, and access to chapter houses will be extremely limited this semester.
EXTRA ADDITIONAL RESOURCES/ACCOMMODATIONS/NEEDS:
We encourage everyone to participate in the recruitment process. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact the disability services.
The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and University policy, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized). This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.
ACADEMIC RECORD RELEASE:
I understand that to register for recruitment, I must be a regularly enrolled full-time UC Berkeley or UC Berkeley Fall Program for Freshmen student in good standing with the University of California, Berkeley. I authorize the University of California, Berkeley Center for Student Leadership and Panhellenic Association to verify my academic eligibility.