Tri Delta Leaders Visit Capitol Hill

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Sorority members advocate for the Greek agenda in Washington, D.C.

Four Delta Delta Delta Fraternity student leaders will travel to Washington, D.C., on April 22 to act as advocates for the Greek agenda. Danielle Dobrusin, Arizona, Stamana Ivanov, Wisconsin, Liesle Jensen, Idaho, and Victoria Tran, Oklahoma, will represent Tri Delta’s 138 collegiate chapters.

“This lobbying effort is one of the highlights of Tri Delta's government relations work. It is an honor to work alongside these outstanding young women to articulate the significance of the sorority experience to our elected officials. Their commitment to assume the highest responsibilities of college women is inspiring,” says Phyllis Durbin Grissom, Tri Delta Fraternity President.

For more than 10 years, the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition, which includes the National Panhellenic Conference, North-American Interfraternity Conference and the Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee have met annually with congressional leaders to lobby for the passage of legislation affecting members of fraternities and sororities, such as the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). CHIA gives equal tax rights to non-profit organizations providing student housing. If adopted, the act would benefit fraternal entities like Delta Delta Delta’s National House Corporation. Fraternities and sororities provide housing for over 250,000 students each year, nearly one out of every eight students in America. The passing of this act will allow non-profit student entities to use charitable contributions to build and maintain housing for these students. Student participation is one of the biggest factors for helping to gain support in Congress for legislation important to the success of these Greek organizations.

“I’m honored and excited to be one of the four collegiate members chosen to represent Tri Delta in Washington, D.C.,” says Victoria Tran, a senior at the University of Oklahoma. Victoria takes great interest in politics, especially in international affairs, and has lived in various types of housing including her sorority house. From her personal experiences she sees the benefits of Greek housing and is determined to endorse better, safer and more affordable housing at Capitol Hill.

“Tri Delta has truly defined my collegiate years and has helped to shape me as both a woman and a leader,” says Danielle Dobrusin, a senior at the University of Arizona. “I am honored to have the opportunity to utilize my passion for politics as a means of advocating for my Tri Delta sisters.”

Accompanying Tri Deltas student leaders are: Phyllis Durbin Grissom, Tri Delta Fraternity President; Alison Ream Griffin, Tri Delta Executive Board member; Sarah Coons Lindsay, Former Fraternity President and Tri Delta’s National Panhellenic Conference Delegate; Jeanne McGuire Reese, president of The Center for Living, Learning & Leading Board; and Jennifer Kennedy Thomas, Tri Delta National House Corporation Senior Director of Operations.

The official hashtag used to follow the lobbying efforts of our student leaders is #passCHIA.

About Tri Delta
Founded in 1888, Tri Delta is a leader among social Greek organizations through its passion for progress and visionary thinking. Through partnerships with nationally recognized organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, award-winning publications like The Trident and innovative collegiate and alumnae initiatives, Tri Delta is committed to leveraging our timeless values to revitalize the sorority experience. For more information, please visit or call (817) 633-8001.


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