The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is honored to be selected as the Inter-Sorority Council’s community service partner for the 2014-2015 school year. Based on fundraising efforts during the fall semester, the ISC plans to donate $1,000 to the Center.

The ISC is the largest organization of women on Grounds, with more than 2,400 members in 15 sororities in Spring 2015.

During last January’s ISC executive board meeting, ISC President Julia Pedrick said it was decided that their “efforts were best served by working with one organization for the whole year, as that would create a deeper bond with the organization and provide consistency to the council. The Women’s Center was already an organization we inherently had a relationship with, so it felt like a natural fit.”

Programs such as the Body Positive/Eating Disorders Education and Gender Violence and Social Change have offered events and services that help members in sororities, as well as fraternities, meet requirements for the Fraternal Organization Agreement (FOA). In addition, Pedrick serves on the Women’s Center Student Advisory Board, and many sorority members are either current or former interns at the Center.

“The Women’s Center has so many valuable resources that the women of the ISC can utilize, and the broader knowledge of the Center increases exposure to women at the university.”

At the beginning of the fall semester, spurred on by the disappearance of U.Va. student Hannah Graham, the ISC organized a collaborative bake sale among all sororities. Each chapter has a representative that attends a weekly ISC meeting where they discuss community projects and initiatives. Pedrick said the bake sale was an “easygoing, unifying event to take on as a council.”

Later in the fall semester, the benefit night at Zinburger and Cups in the Barracks Road Shopping Center was developed. When these businesses reached out to the council, the ISC thought “it would be a great opportunity to continue […] fundraising for the Women’s Center!” On that night, these businesses gave 20 percent of sales (made with the flyer advertising the event) to the Women’s Center.

With the start of spring semester, Pedrick says the ISC is looking forward to continuing to work with the Women’s Center. The next Women’s Center Student Advisory Board meeting is set for February. Pedrick said she was honored to have been asked to join the board, along with representatives of almost 15 different student groups on Grounds.

“I believe that we can provide valuable insight into women’s concerns and social safety, and it is useful to work with other invested student organizations. For improvements or issues that are cultural, I believe the best way to enable change is by having open conversations between stakeholders.”

By Agnes Filipowski