Choosing UCSB for my undergraduate education and choosing to join Pi Beta Phi have proven to be two of the best decisions I have made in my adult life. In high school, I found it a challenge to find my people - those friends that I knew would be in my life forever. I was amazed when, in the span of a week, it became evident that the members of Pi Phi were exactly the women I had spent the four previous years of my life trying to find. I learned very quickly that my Pi Phi sisters were some of the most remarkable, motivated, intelligent, and kind-hearted women I had ever met. I am so proud every day to call these women my sisters and feel so fortunate to get to witness their amazing successes. All of my best college memories, whether it be road trip adventures or late night finals library sessions, have one thing in common: I have been surrounded by my Pi Phi sisters through them all.
To say I am honored and proud to represent this group of women as their Chapter President is an understatement. I have witnessed the way our members continue to uphold the core values deeply rooted in our history, even in the face of a pandemic, and for that I could not be more proud. The past year has been packed full of challenges and change, and I am continuously impressed by this chapter’s ability to adapt to new developments and desire to civically engage in the community, the nation, and the world.
In addition to the endless love and support our sisterhood provides our members, our chapter prides itself on the good we do for our community. Our chapter’s national philanthropy is Read>Lead> Achieve, which promotes children’s literacy throughout the country. In addition to donating to this incredible cause, in the Spring, our chapter volunteers at a local Santa Barbara elementary school through a program called "Champions are Readers". This program allows Pi Phis to personally engage in promoting literacy in our community. Each member is paired with a first-grader for the course of the quarter with the aim of improving the students’ reading skills, ultimately boosting their desire to learn and their overall academic performance. Participating in Champions are Readers is one of the best parts of being a Pi Phi, as we get to see our students’ palpable excitement when we come to the classroom, as well as witness their growth into capable readers and exceptional students.
During the Fall we host Arrowjam, a philanthropic effort to both promote children's literacy in our community and raise funds for literacy efforts nationally. Arrowjam is a dance competition in which nearly every sorority and fraternity on campus participates. We raise money by selling tickets to our campus’ biggest lecture hall, which sells out over 850 seats in only minutes! Arrowjam very much embodies having good fun to benefit an amazing cause.
Upon joining a sorority my freshman year, I could not have anticipated the incredible impact Pi Beta Phi has as an organization, nor the incredible impact it would have on me, as it has shaped my college experience and has prepared me for success after that college experience comes to an end. I know that I would not be who I am today without the incredible opportunities Pi Phi has provided me with, nor without the love and encouragement from the 170 angels in this organization. They have been and continue to be my primary inspiration, my biggest cheerleaders, and my best friends.
I invite you to learn more about our Fraternity via our National Website: pibetaphi.org, and I encourage you to explore how you can make the most out of your collegiate experience as a UCSB Panhellenic woman.
California Zeta, Pi Beta Phi
The Pi Beta Phi Foundation and Literacy
House Capacity: 42
New Member: $1,559 for the first quarter. Once initiated, New Members pay for subsequent quarters in the year based on either their live-in or live-out status.
Live-in: Fall - $3,895, Winter - $3,864, Spring - $3,775
Live-out: Fall - $1,045, Winter - $1,014, Spring - $925
New Member Cost Includes: Pi Beta Phi dues encompass all costs. New Members pay the same chapter dues and receive the same benefits as live-out members described below. Additionally, new members pay for costs associated with new member benefits: new member education, new member retreat, local and international initiation fees, pins and a one-time payment for the house fund.
Live-in Cost Includes: Pi Beta Phi dues encompass all costs. Live-in members pay the same chapter dues and receive the same benefits as live-out members described below. Additionally, live-in members pay room and board, which covers rent, utilities, cable, internet, and cleaning services for common areas. Meals are also included for live-in members: weekday breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Monday – Thursday), brunch on Friday, and an open snack bar. Live-in members are also welcome to bring two dinner guests per week at no additional cost.
Live-out Cost Includes: Pi Beta Phi dues encompass all costs. All members receive the same benefits: member development programming, leadership training, sisterhood events, social events, philanthropic fundraisers, access to technology, one-time fees to the fraternity and Panhellenic, and 24-7 access to the common areas of the chapter house. Some meals are also included for Live-out and New Members: open snack bar, Monday night dinner, dinner one other night during each week of your choice, and Friday brunch.
Payment Methods: GreekBill (Check, eCheck, Credit/Debit Card)
Payment Plan: Quarterly or two-installments per quarter