about us.

WELCOME!
The Distinguished Sisters of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Incorporated at the University of Michigan - Tau Chapter welcome you to our website. Thank you for taking the time to join us in our journey.
"Sisterhood is what we work for, Society is whom we give to, and Remembrance is what lies in our hearts."

Our website provides a wide range of information about Sigma Sigma Rho and our values. Sigma Sigma Rho embodies unity among women of South Asian descent, strives to serve society both on a small and large scale, and holds fast in instilling a sense of pride in the background of each individual sister. Sigma Sigma Rho is a sisterhood of women who have chosen this affiliation to achieve their desired personal development and to act for the betterment of local, regional, national and global communities through the efforts of a network of sisters nationwide.

 

Within our website, you will discover the commitment our organization maintains to our National Philanthropy, Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention and our mission to develop strong, professional, progressive young women on every campus we are established at.

University of Michigan Tau Chapter History

 

In the spring of 2014 FOUR women came together to establish Sigma Sigma Rho at the University of Michigan.
  • Tonia Elengikal: Sister Reverence

  • Kavita Raval: Sister Jinx

  • Tanvi Gangal: Sister Infamous

  • Ashna Khanna: Sister Trademark.
 
On December 10th, 2017, Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Incorporated at the University of Michigan was granted chapter status by our current National Executive Board, exactly 19 years after our sisterhood was founded. 
 
Our Vision
Our mission is to represent Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority Inc’s mission at the University of Michigan. We want to brand ourselves as a professional organization providing its members with national networking opportunities, academic resources, and a life-long support system. As a non-profit organization, we are committed to Domestic Violence awareness and prevention and providing support to our philanthropy organization. As individuals, we hold ourselves as advocates for the empowerment of South Asian women.

Symbols and Traditions

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Mascot: Black Mare

Flower: White Rose

National Crest

National History

     On December 10, 1998, at St. Johns University in New York ten astounding women came together to form Sigma Sigma Rho, making it the first South Asian Interest Sorority.

     On this date, our founding mothers established the humble beginnings of an organization that many sisters have since come to embrace and love. These women instilled the organization a sense of strength and purity.

They are the voice with a successful entrepreneurial endeavor that sisters will never cease to hear. They echo in Sigma Sigma Rho’s past and help to shape the organization’s future.

     The vision of the founders remains in effect, as sisters build on their dreams and principles to create everlasting sisterhood and perpetual organization that is strong enough to test time.

 

Ten Founding Members

Mrs. Tejal Kundaiker: Froggy #1

Mrs. Payal (Suchdev) Walsh: Precious #2

Mrs Rinku (Sachdeva) Thomas: Princess #3

Mrs. Priya Sahani Sood: Energizer #4

Mrs. Vandana Kakwani-Pathak: Chatterbox #5

Mrs. Sonia (Sharma) Wadhwa: Pebbles #6

Dr. Nisha (Rana) Diler: Pinky #7

Mrs. Minna (John) Lam: Iman #8

Dr. Lovleen (Kandhari) Sharma : Diesel #9

Mrs. Eshna (Firoz) Kalam: Bugs #10

sisters.

Alpha Addixion

Tonia Elengikal
Sister Reverence

Year: Alumna
Major: Computer Science
Line: Alpha AddiXion -Spring 2014
Big: Meghna Cheruvatath - Sister Relentless
Little: Aashna Patel-Sister RespirA

Reanna John- Sister ReTaliA
PM: Farah Syed - Sister Xile

Kavita Raval 
 Sister Jinx 

Year: Alumna
Major: Political Science and Communications
Minor: American Culture
Line: Alpha AddiXion -Spring 2014
Big: Priya Adusumilli - Sister iXia
Little: Malvika Sharma - Sister calyX
Anu Nandi - Sister pyXis
PM: Farah Syed - Sister Xile

Tanvi Gangal
 Sister Infamous 

Year: Alumna
Major: Biochemistry 
Minor: Business
Line: Alpha AddiXion -Spring 2014 
Big: Hemali Patel - Sister Deception
PM: Farah Syed - Sister Xile

Ashna Khanna
 Sister Trademark.

Year: Alumna
Major: Communications 
Minor: CASC
Line: Alpha AddiXion -Spring 2014
Big: Kiran Wadhwa - Sister Vesta
PM: Farah Syed - Sister Xile

Beta Blaze.

Jessica Maharaj Sister FaLsEtto

Year: Alumna
Major: Political Science, English, and History 
Minor: Community Action and Social Change
Line: Beta Blaze. - Fall 2014 
Big: Nikita Bhosale - Sister Jolie 
Littles: Youshra Ahmed - Sister REvitaLize
Emily Brune- Sister REconcile
PM: Ashna Khanna - Sister Trademark.

Rishika Polasani
Sister Aasmani

Year: Alumna 
Major: Neuroscience 
Line: Beta Blaze. - Fall 2014 
Big: Arathi Arumanla - Sister Zaffre 
Little: Mahima Daniel - Sister Céleste
PM: Ashna Khanna - Sister Trademark.

Supreet Kaur Sister Dutchess

Year: Alumna
Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience 
Line: Beta Blaze. - Fall 2014 
Big: Jasleen Kaur Singh - Sister Empress 

Little: Roniya Rojan- Sister Keilani 
PM: Ashna Khanna - Sister Trademark.

Puja Patel 
 Sister Astris

Year: Alumna
Major: Political Science and Applied Statistics
Line: Beta Blaze. - Fall 2014 
Big: Akshaya Raghu - Sister Obsidian 
Little: Suhita Sekhar - Sister Ourania
PM: Ashna Khanna - Sister Trademark.

Saanya Sethi
Sister Czaarine

Year: Alumna
Major: Business Administration 
Line: Beta Blaze. - Fall 2014 
Big:  Ankita Arora - Sister Diamond 
Little: Nayna Rath - Sister  zyLtana
Ella Zhang - Sister zaHira
PM: Ashna Khanna, Sister Trademark.

Gamma gRandEur

Felicia Patel
Sister eXhilarate

Year: Alumna
Major: Microbiology
Line: Gramma gRandEur- Fall 2015
Big: Deepa Chander -Sister Implicit
Little: Sierra Mullins - Sister Inspirit
Anisha Konkipudi - Sister Inspire
PM: Tonia Elengikal - Sister Reverence

Nayna Rath
Sister zyLtana

Year: Alumna
Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
Minor: Gender and Health
Line: Gamma gRandEur- Fall 2015
Big: Saanya Sethi - Sister Czaarine
Little: Manasvini Rao - Sister zyraDa
PM: Tonia Elengikal - Sister Reverence

Suhita Sekhar
Sister Ourania

Year: Alumna
Major: Public Health
Line: Gamma gRandEur- Fall 2015
Big: Puja Patel - Sister Astris 
Little: Mallika Brar-Sister Pleioné

Jaskiran Randhawa- Sister Perséus
PM: Tonia Elengikal - Sister Reverence

Delta Deviant IXI

Malvika Sharma
Sister calyX

Year: Alumna
Major: Data Science and Statistics
Line: Delta Deviant IXI- Spring 2016
Big: Kavita Raval - Sister Jinx
Little: Nirja Dave - Sister eXona

Chandni Patel- Sister eXilia
PM: Akshaya Raghu - Sister Obsidian

Epsilon El3gance

Ella Zhang
Sister zaHira

Year: Senior
Major: Finance
Line: Epsilon El3gance - Fall 2016
Big: Saanya Sethi - Sister Czaarine
Little: Ruchi Wankhede - Sister zaDina
PM: Supreet Kaur - Sister Dutchess

Sierra Mullins
Sister Inspirit

Year: Alumna
Major: Political Science
Line: Epsilon El3gance - Fall 2016
Big: Felicia Patel - Sister Exhilarate

Little: Nadine Lubyansky- Sister Intermezzo
PM: Supreet Kaur - Sister Dutchess

Anu Nandi
Sister pyXis

Year: Alumna
Major: Political Science
Minor: Gender, Race and Nation
Line: Epsilon El3gance - Fall 2016
Big: Kavita Raval - Sister Jinx
Little: Tanvi Jagtap - Sister amarylliX
PM: Supreet Kaur - Sister Dutchess

Zeta Zélé 120/0

Anisha Konkipudi
Sister Inspire

Year: Senior
Major: Biology, Health, and Society
Line: Zeta Zélé 120/0 - Winter 2017
Big: Felicia Patel - Sister eXhilarate
Little: Arlette Hernandez-Sister Incandescent

Sowmya Satagopan- Sister Interstellar 
PM: Saanya Sethi - Sister Czaarine

Manasvini Rao
Sister zyraDa

Year: Alumna
Majors: Business and International Studies
Line: Zeta Zélé 120/0 - Winter 2017
Big: Nayna Rath - Sister zyLtana

Little: Sruthi Talluri- Sister cZoraya
PM: Saanya Sethi - Sister Czaarine

Eta Eminence 5.23

Mahima Daniel
Sister Céleste

Year: Alumna
Major: Biomolecular Science and Art History
Line: Eta Eminence 5.23 - Fall 2017
Big: Rishika Polasani - Sister Aasmani

Little: Riya Patel - Sister NéelAa
PM: Suhita Chandrasekharuni - PM Ourania

Nirja Dave
Sister eXona

Year: Senior
Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Gender & Health

Minor: Community Action and Social Change
Line: Eta Eminence 5.23 - Fall 2017
Big: Malvika Sharma - Sister calyX

Little: Afsana Shahid - Sister eXeelise
PM: Suhita Chandrasekharuni - PM Ourania

Ruchi Wankhede
Sister zaDina

Year: Senior
Major: International Studies and Asian Studies
Line: Eta Eminence 5.23 - Fall 2017
Big: Ella Zhang - Sister zaHira

Little: Jacquelyn Myers- Sister Czaleeka
PM: Suhita Chandrasekharuni - PM Ourania

Amanna Virk
Sister mA'ia

Year: Alumna
Major: Business 
Minor: Community Action and Social Change
Line: Eta Eminence 5.23 - Fall 2017
Big: Jeena George - Sister ma'at

Little: Janki Devdhara - Sister Na’eemah
PM: Suhita Chandrasekharuni - PM Ourania

Tanvi Jagtap
Sister amarylliX

Year: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Line: Eta Eminence 5.23 - Fall 2017
Big: Anu Nandi - Sister pyXis
PM: Suhita Chandrasekharuni - PM Ourania

Theta TerZetto

Aashna Patel
Sister RespirA

Year: Senior
Major: Statistics
Line: Theta TerZetto-Spring 2018
Big: Tonia Elengikal- Sister Reverence

Little: Subarna Bhattacharya- Sister RevoiaA
PM: Nayna Rath-PM zyLtana

Mallika Brar
Sister Pleioné

Year: Senior
Major: Undecided
Line: Theta TerZetto-Spring 2018
Big: Suhita Chandrasekharuni-Sister Ourania
PM: Nayna Rath-PM zyLtana

Sahithi Polisetty
Sister Ojén

Year: Senior
Major: Business
Line: Theta TerZetto-Spring 2018
Big: Natasha Dhannani- Sister Hennessy 
PM: Nayna Rath-PM zyLtana

Ignescent Iota XXVII

Riya Patel
Sister NéelAa

Year: Junior
Major: Undecided
Line: Ignescent Iota XXVII - Fall 2018
Big: Mahima Daniel - Sister Céleste

Little: Astha Gharia- Sister AamréeN
PM: Felicia Patel - Sister eXhilarate

Kappa Koalition X

Afsana Shahid
Sister eXeelise

Year: Senior

Major: Political Science 

Line: Kappa Koalition X - Spring 2019

Big: Nirja Dave - Sister eXona

PM: Malvika Sharma - Sister calyX

lambda lAazulés

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Subarna Bhattacharya
Sister RevoiaA

Year: Junior 

Major: Public Health

Minors: Writing and Applied Statistics 

Line: lambda LAazulés - Fall 2019

Big: Aashna Patel - Sister RespirA

PM: Mahima Daniel - Sister Céleste

 

leadership.

2020 Executive Board 

President

Sahithi Polisetty

Internal Vice President

Tanvi Jagtap

External Vice President

Ruchi Wankhede

 

Vice President of Finance

 

Riya Patel

Vice President of Operations

Nirja Dave

 

2020 Chair Positions

Academic Chair

 Riya Patel

Alumnae Chair

Riya Patel

Fundraising Chairs 

Tanvi Jagtap and Subarna Bhattacharya

MGC Representatives

Ruchi Wankhede and Tanvi Jagtap (Winter) 

Afsana Shahid and Subarna Bhattacharya (Fall)

Philanthropy Chairs

Ruchi Wankhede & Sahithi Polisetty

Public Relations Chair

Subarna Bhattacharya

Rush Chairs

Nirja Dave and Afsana Shahid

Sisterhood Chair

Afsana Shahid

Social Chair

Sahithi Polisetty 

Probate Chairs

Riya Patel (Winter) and Nirja Dave (Fall)

Diversity & Inclusion Representative

Ella Zhang

Risk Management Representative

Sahithi Polisetty

 
 

philanthropy.

Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention

Sigma for Society Week

We will be holding our annual "Sigma for Society" week dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence October 2018 by each chapter or colony at their respective universities. The funds we raise contribute to a non-profit organization dedicated to assist victims of domestic violence. In addition to raising funds, awareness is spread on all our campus communities through service projects, workshops, and informational events.

SIGMA FOR SOCIETY WEEK
October 2018

We will be holding our annual "Sigma for Society" week dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence October 2018 by each chapter or colony at their respective universities. The funds we raise contribute to a non-profit organization dedicated to assist victims of domestic violence. In addition to raising funds, awareness is spread on all our campus communities through service projects, workshops, and informational events.

NO MORE WEEK

During this week in October, the national domestic awareness month, we will be posting about domestic violence on all of our social media websites in order to spread awareness about the importance of the issue. No More is an organization that arose from the desire to unite the diverse array of groups working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  

October 2018
#SUPPORTFEMALE
JANITORS

All women deserve to feel safe in their workplace. Female janitors are at high risk when working the night shift alone and many survivors have come forward. Due to this, rallies in California have begun to advocate for a bill that gives greater protections against sexual assault to female janitors. Sigma Sigma Rho Umich Colony would like to raise awareness and fight for these women that do not feel safe working. Keep an eye out for our upcoming social media campaign in December #nomoreexcuses #SigSigSupportsFemaleJanitors

2017-2018
 

rush!

Questions about rushing in the Fall of 2020? 

Email Nirja at exona.sigmasigmarho@gmail.com or Afsana at exeelise.sigmasigmarho@gmail.com

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contact us.

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