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History of Greek Life at the UO

Since 1776, Greek-letter organizations have been an integral part of student life at colleges and universities across the nation. Founded under the principles of scholarship, leadership, community service and the development of lifelong relationships, fraternity and sorority members today still practice these fundamental principles in their daily pursuit of collegiate excellence. The fraternity and sorority community at the University of Oregon can trace its roots to 1900. Today, there are over 30 recognized fraternities and sororities at UO for students to choose from, some having over a century of history here on campus. This is a proud heritage that students can become part of by becoming a member of one of our recognized organizations.

History of Greek Life - Retro
National Panhellenic Conference

What is Panhellenic?

The University of Oregon College Panhellenic Association is chartered by National Panhellenic Conference. The National Panhellenic Conference, one of the largest organizations advocating for women, is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities that are autonomous social organizations.

UO Panhellenic is represented by 12 distinguished chapters. Each sorority is unique; however, our community is founded on five core values: Scholarship and Learning; Community Service and Philanthropy; Brotherhood and Sisterhood; Leadership and Engagement; and Community Awareness. We strive to integrate these values into our everyday lives.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of student life at the University of Oregon by empowering members of the Greek community through advising with a developmental approach, educating with a purpose, collaborating with stakeholders, promoting academic success, encouraging civic responsibility, advocating for healthy lifestyles, creating lifelong connections, and advancing values-based leadership and decision making.


We, as undergraduate members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. We, as fraternity women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.

Executive Council

Emma Roensch

Emma is a Junior from Portland, Oregon and is double majoring in Psychology and Sociology here at the UO! In her spare time she always participates in intramural sports such as volleyball, she loves to paint, find new music and go on hikes with family and friends. Something that Emma loves about PHC is the mix of unique personalities that you can find within the community and learning new things everyday from the people you are surrounded with.

Alicia Santiago
Vice President of Accountability

Alicia is a junior studying Journalism and Public Relations. She is from Virginia and is also a writer for The Daily Emerald! What she loves most about PHC is that it gives her the opportunity to believe in and support women in the community so that we can empower female success at the UO! Something fun about her is that she used to be on the competitive jumprope team.

Jane Napier
Vice President of Recruitment

Jane could not be more excited for this year and is looking forward to all of the opportunities and challenges it will bring. “Recruitment brought me a community and friends that feel like family, and it is my absolute pleasure and delight to help organize recruitment recruitment this year in order for a new group of wonderful people to find their home away from home.” She looks forward to working with everyone!

Maggie Darst
Vice President of Civic Engagement

Maggie is a junior here at UO and is earning her degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. She’s from Dallas, Texas and loves to ski. She loves being apart of PHC because “you get to meet people from so many other chapters and get to help plan service events to bring the Panhellenic community together.” Besides PHC, Maggie is also involved in the Student Sustainability Center and has an internship with the Student Alumni Association.

Penny Perini
Vice President of Membership Experience

Penny is from Southern California and is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Media Studies. She is a member of Tri Delta and is super excited to be apart of PHC “I have already met so many amazing people and I’m so excited to create more relationships within the FSL community.” A fun fact about Penny is that she loves music festivals and went skydiving this past summer!

Ava Propstra
Director of Educational Programming

Ava is working towards earning her Global Studies and Spanish double major with a minor in Science Communications. She is from Scottsdale, Arizona, is a UO Ambassador and has also studied abroad with the Universidad de Oviedo located in Spain! She is super excited for this year and loves PHC because she has “found the most loving, fruitful, supportive community through it.”

Eleanor Yi
Director of DEI

Eleanor is a junior and is currently studying Business Administration. She is from Robbinsville, New Jersey and is also apart of the UO Sales Club, Eating Disorder Awareness and Support and is also a member of Order of Omega. She loves PHC because she feels “surrounded by women who want to support each other!!” A fun fact about Eleanor is that she loves working out and is currently training for a half marathon!

Taylor Fargo
Vice President of Administration

Taylor is a sophomore and is currently studying Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. She’s from Beaverton, Oregon and loved growing up in the Pacific Northwest and in her free times loves to hike, read and work out at the Rec. She is super excited to grow closer to the Panhellenic community this year and meet so many amazing and unique women. A fun fact about Taylor is that she is has rewatched Friends at least 10 times and is a diehard fan.

Kayla Chang
Director of Recruitment Operations

Kayla is a sophomore here at UO and is currently studying Advertising. She is from Singapore and along with being on Panhellenic Council, she is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Ethos magazine. Kayla is super excited for all of the leadership potential and opportunities that come with being a member of PHC. A fun fact about her is that she grew up moving around the world!

Jordan Low
Co-Director of Recruitment Counselors

Jordan is a member of Chi Omega and is currently studying Psychology and Sociology. She loves being apart of PHC because it “is made up of some of the most amazing, intelligent and beautiful women”. She can’t wait to see what this team does over the next year!

Corinne Eilat
Co-Director of Recruitment Counselors

Corinne is from Los Angeles, California and is a Psychology major here at UO. She is so excited to “work with such amazing women and to be part of such an amazing community.” She is also super excited to work her with amazing partner Jordan to make their positions as Directors of Recruitment Counselors flourish.

Zoe Brown
Director of PHC, Safety and Wellness Board

Zoe is a junior from Helena, Montana studying General Social Sciences with a minor in Food Studies. She’s an outreach chair for Women in Creative Industries, manager of the coffee shop below the library and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She loves “how PHC brings everyone together and really brings a sense of sisterhood to the University of Oregon.” A fun fact about her is that she is currently training for the Eugene half marathon!.

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