On April 21, members of Delta Delta
Delta will travel to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of issues affecting
the Greek community.
The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) gives equal tax rights to non-profit organizations providing student housing, including 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 CHIA will allow non-profit student entities to use charitable contributions to build and maintain housing for these students.
Read the official Delta Delta Delta press release here.
Meet the 2013 representatives:
A senior at the University of Arizona, Danielle will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and gender and women's studies. Throughout her collegiate career, she has dedicated herself to public service through her role as senator for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona and through her internship with the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Danielle is also a current fellow for Young People For, a national fellowship that serves to empower young progressive leaders. Over the past year, she has had the privilege of serving as vice president/chapter development for Phi Beta Chapter of Delta Delta Delta. "Tri Delta has truly defined my collegiate years and has helped to shape me as both a woman and a leader," says Danielle. "I am honored to have the opportunity to utilize my passion for politics as a means of advocating for my Tri Delta sisters."
Stamana Ivanov is a political science major at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During her time there, she has had the privilege of serving as vice president/administration of Mu Chapter, and she currently sits on the Panhellenic Judicial Board. "This trip will serve as the perfect opportunity for me to gain valuable political lobbying experience and be able to give back to the Greek community, which has given me so much," says Stamana. "I already know that the experience of working alongside fellow Greek women and men on Capitol Hill to benefit Greek life is one I will cherish forever."
Liesle is from Boise, Idaho, and has a passion for the Idaho outdoors, including rafting, hiking and backpacking. A senior at the University of Idaho, Liesle is pursuing a bachelor's degree in public relations. While she dedicates most of her time to academics and her Tri Delta chapter, she also enjoys volunteering and advocating for the League of Women's Voters. Her involvement with the League along with her campus leadership positions has motivated her interests in politics and has allowed her to become an active voice in politics in her state. "I look forward to this experience and feel honored to represent the Greek system as well as my chapter," says Liesle.
Victoria Tran, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, is an active member of Theta Gamma Chapter of Tri Delta in Norman, Okla. Throughout her years as a member, Victoria previously held positions as chapter correspondence, Fat Talk Free coordinator and peer leader facilitator, vice president/public Relations and academic development chairman. On campus, she is a member and serves as an officer for the president's student ambassador society known as the University of Oklahoma's Crimson Club. She is also a member of the Political Science Club and College Republicans.
Victoria is majoring in political science and international area studies with a minor in French. She takes great interest in politics, especially in international affairs. During her years at the University of Oklahoma, Victoria has lived in various types of housing including her sorority house and has served as a member of Tri Delta standards. From her personal experiences of living in her sorority house and seeing the process and benefits of Greek housing, she is determined to endorse better, safer and more affordable housing at Capitol Hill. Victoria is very honored and excited to be one of the four collegiate members chosen to represent Tri Delta in Washington, D.C., in April.