My name is Lou-Lou Souza and have had the pleasure of serving as the President of Alpha Phi this past year. Before this, I was the Vice President of Risk Management and served on various committees where I was able to develop my leadership skills and meet some of my closest friends. Greek life has opened so many doors for me in the 3 short years I have been at UCSB not only because of the amazing people I have met in my own organization, but because of the networking opportunities that the Panhellenic community offers as a whole.
Some of my greatest memories have come from participating in the philanthropy events that each Panhellenic sorority hosts. From participating in basketball tournaments, to climbing rock walls, competing in kickball events, and even participating in my first color run, it is amazing to be a part of a community of women who provide so many opportunities to have fun while simultaneously giving back to a much larger cause.
Each year our chapter in particular hosts a volleyball tournament, “Phi Ball”, that other sorority women get to play in, as well as a “Red Dress Gala” that families, friends, and supportive members in the community are invited to attend. On average, we raise $50,000 as a chapter each year from the Gala and $7,000 from our Phi Week. All proceeds go to the Isla Vista Teen Center as well as the Alpha Phi Foundation, which is well known and respected as a prominent philanthropic leader in the Greek community. The foundation supports the Alpha Phi Fraternity, our members, and the communities in which our sisters reside in their pursuit of advancing women’s lives now and in the future through the power of philanthropy. Getting to be on the other side of this fundraising process and see all the behind the scenes work makes me appreciate the hard work and dedication that members of UCSB Greek organizations put in.
Being a part of Alpha Phi has been a vital part of my college experience; from meeting my lifelong friends who push me to be the best version of myself, to interacting with other empowering women who inspire me to chase after my goals no matter how large, everywhere I look I am learning from others and developing myself along the way. Coming into college can be scary, especially when it is your first time away from the place you have called home for so long, and Greek life serves as a warm welcome into a community that feels like family from the start. As you read these messages from the various women on this page, I hope you begin to get a taste for this place and this community we are proud to call home here at UCSB!
The Alpha Phi Foundation
House Capacity: 50
New Member: F/W/S: $1169.49/ $879.49/ $879.49
Live-in: F/W/S: $2702.82/ $3202.82/ $3202.82 ($500 Room reservation fee paid during winter quarter of previous year)
Live-out: F/W/S: $879.49/ $879.49/ $879.49
New Member Cost Includes: new member costs, pins/badges fee, initiation fee, local and national dues, building/maintenance fund, facility use fessa, Monday night dinners
Live-in Cost Includes: All live out costs plus room rent, board fee, and meal plan
Live-out Cost Includes: national and chapter dues, and Monday night dinners
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