Pi Phi Recruitment Update

Changes to Legacy and Sponsorship Recruitment Practices

Grand Council has been carefully examining Pi Beta Phi’s legacy recruitment policies as well as other recruitment-related practices over the last 18 months. With feedback from members and the quickly evolving climate of higher education, Grand Council has made the decision to revise Fraternity policy and eliminate all courtesy invitations afforded to legacies during the membership recruitment process, effective Fall 2021.

In addition, at this summer’s convention, Grand Council will propose legislation which will revise the Constitution and Statutes to remove any reference to special consideration for legacies as well as eliminate sponsorship as a requirement for membership and the process by which alumnae offer recommendations for Potential New Members to chapters. This includes the elimination of the Recruitment Information Form (RIF), the form by which alumnae officer sponsorship and recommendations.

Simply put, a legacy recruitment policy, by nature, is inequitable. The requirement for sponsorship or necessity of an alumnae recommendation creates a barrier to joining Pi Beta Phi. Therefore, these practices are inconsistent with Pi Beta Phi’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Pi Beta Phi values the special lifelong connection a legacy presents. The legacy and legacy relationship will be celebrated through meaningful opportunities. However, celebrating a legacy and favoring a legacy are not the same.

An informative webpage has been developed to share more and answer frequently asked questions. On Tuesday, February 9, the Fraternity’s recruitment team hosted a webinar for alumnae specifically addressing this proposed legislation related to recruitment.

Grand Council wishes to assure all members that coming to this decision was not easy and it is not a decision made lightheartedly or in haste.

All members are encouraged to learn more about these decisions.


HAPA Scholarship Luncheon

Thursday, May 6 @ 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
at Memorial Church of Christ
Reservations required: [email protected].

Fraternity Day of Service

Due to the lack of traffic at the Childrens’ Museum of Houston, we are joining HISD and their food drive to also include a book drive!

On Saturday, February 27, HISD will be running a food distribution site at Butler Stadium, 13755 S. Main St. (77035) from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pi Phi will have Cat in the Hat and lots of people in hats to hand out book bags that also include a bookmark and a treat.

Click here to sign up, and please note: all volunteers must fill out this form prior to the service day.

Book Drive for the Harris Center

Please support our own Ruth Gotschall and the Harris Center!

“I have had the privilege of working at The Harris Center for the past two years. It is the largest mental health safety-net organization in Texas, and we provide services to individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Some individuals are there for their first visit and it can be a stressful and anxiety-provoking time.

We have an adult library where clients can read while at the clinic and take a book home. Many clients are experiencing severe isolation. The comfort of a good book provides a welcomed distraction and valuable coping mechanism for dealing with these uncertain times. Children and adults do not have the same access to books at libraries or schools as they did before the pandemic.

I created the children’s library nook for children waiting with their parents to engage them and to promote literacy at home. As we know, having books at home is an imperative part of encouraging lifelong readers and predictive of future academic success.

Pi Beta Phi instilled in me the value of targeted and efficacious philanthropy. Building this library is an observed need that I believe will have a ripple effect for families and individuals seeking mental health services in the Houston area. I thank you in advance for your help!”

View the Harris Center Library wish list here.

2020 Recuitment

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Chapter Support

Thanks to all who made chapter support donations. This money goes to help with recruitment and events – helping fill in with whatever the chapter needs. This year, we have provided popsicles, flowers, bid day food and Insomnia Cookies. Keep supporting your chapters!

To make a donation, Venmo @houstonpiphi and in the "what's this for" section, put chapter support for (your chapter). If there is a code request, it is 0966.  

This is what has been collected to-date:

  • LSU –$200
  • Ole Miss – $
  • SMU – $735
  • Texas Tech – $1,045
  • Baylor – $125
  • UT – $1,375
  • A&M – $765
  • OU – $185
  • University of Missouri – $50

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