Can you believe it’s almost recruitment season?! As we look forward to the start of a new year and welcoming new members to our sisterhood, some of us may know an outstanding young woman who embodies our values and will be going through recruitment on a campus with DPhiE. You might find yourself busy writing references for these women! Below is a quick guide to answer some of your questions about references during the recruitment process.
Is this form important?
References allow our chapters to get a little more information about women going through recruitment. If you know a great woman but do not have a connection to the DPhiE chapter on her campus, this is a great way to introduce her to them! Providing this form does not guarantee a bid, but it does provide additional information and context for a chapter’s recruitment team.
Are references required?
They are not. Since our founding, Delta Phi Epsilon has encouraged chapters to use references as a bonus and to prohibit making them a mandatory requirement for recruitment. Some campuses rely heavily on references, while others receive very few. This process will vary by Panhellenic community.
“We met with a completely honest approach- there was no false values or suspicions, no need to produce letters of recommendation or financial statements…” – Eve Effron Robin, Founder
Who can write a reference?
Any alumna sister of Delta Phi Epsilon in good standing may submit a form on behalf of a young woman going through recruitment. Collegiate sisters in good standing may also do so for a young woman going through recruitment at another school, not her own.
Where can I find the form?
In 2016, Delta Phi Epsilon developed the PNM Introduction Form that is available digitally and in print format. Our goal is to make this process easy for our members filling out the form AND for our members who receive the information. Both of these forms can be accessed by visiting our website, www.dphie.org/join.
Where do I mail the printed reference form?
Depending on the school’s recruitment rules, you may be asked to do the following:
- Mail the form directly to the chapter address with attention to the VP of Recruitment.
- To the alumnae association in the area so that they may send it to the collegiate chapter
If you are unsure, you can always reach out to the Director of Collegiate Services, Emily Olivares ([email protected])
Did you know…
- Since there is no checklist for what is required on a reference form, you can submit a basic letter recommending a young woman, use the DPhiE form or even verbally provide a reference…basically whatever suits you best!
- There are no National Panhellenic Conference regulations for references; it is up to each organization to set their own requirements.
- Membership selection is ultimately the privilege and responsibility of each collegiate chapter. A reference form, a letter of recommendation or potential new member’s legacy status does not guarantee an invitation into membership.
- Deadlines for submission vary between our chapters. Reach out to the collegiate reference chapter chairman, ask the potential new member or visit the Panhellenic Council’s website for any additional information.
- Each chapter uses references differently. If the chapter wants more information, they may contact the person who submitted the reference. Alumnae are asked to refrain from contacting the chapter regarding the status of any PNM.