Tiffany Thomas has had a full-circle journey in Tri Delta! As a collegian, Tiffany was in the first group of residents to live in the brand-new Beta Xi chapter house at Stephen F. Austin State University. Today, she serves as the house director at the same chapter where her Tri Delta story began!
Tiffany remembers the thrill of being among the first group of sisters to call the new house their home. She said that she never saw herself as a potential member of any organization other than Tri Delta, because the women in the chapter had strong values and high academic standards.
How have you stayed connected to Tri Delta?
Tiffany focused many years on her sales career—and the long hours and travel it required. She stayed connected as an alumna through positions she could take on remotely in service to Beta Xi Chapter members, such as mentoring the recruitment advisor and serving as a “Pansy Pal.” Social media platforms played a significant role in helping her renew friendships, reignite plans for future reunions and mentor from a distance.
Why did you decide to become a house director?
Guided by finding a true sense of purpose, Tiffany found herself at a crossroads in her career. Scrolling social media, she saw an opening for interim house director at our chapter at Kansas State University and Tiffany didn’t hesitate to apply. It was her “ah-ha” moment, realizing that the opportunity to more personally mentor young women was her calling. She was thrilled when Tri Delta contacted her to continue her journey as a house director at Stephen F. Austin.
Leaving behind a life of constant travel, Tiffany embraced her role as a house director, rekindling her connection with sorority life and young women eager to make a difference. “These sororities are building the future women of tomorrow—the leaders, the doctors—and I am so honored to have a small part in their lives,” she says.
How do you see your role as house director?
Tiffany’s role involves more than managing a house; it’s about offering support and mentorship while allowing chapter members to flourish independently. She emphasizes the importance of fostering connections with sisters, stating, “My job is to make sure the house is clean and maintained and to also walk through the house and see if everyone is okay, encourage, cheerlead and be there for the women without intruding.”
“The purpose of being an alumna is to give back, ensuring that current chapter members have the same opportunities and experiences I had. My role has brought me back to Tri Delta where I am able to witness traditions continuing and friendships rekindling and hear the songs that still resonate with me, even after all these years.”
What advice can you give others who may consider becoming a house director?
“There’s no stereotype for who is a house director and it’s so great to see so much diversity!” Tiffany advises others to embrace the opportunities presented by Tri Delta, “You’ll get out of it what you put in. If you have the desire to work with young women and mentor; you’ve got what it takes.”
How has this role contributed to your life both personally and professionally?
While she initially gravitated towards Tri Delta due to our values and educational commitment, Tiffany’s leadership potential was soon recognized when her peers slated her for the role of recruitment chair. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of her leadership journey within Tri Delta, leading to a successful career in sales.
“Now, as a house director, I nurture connections, foster chapter growth and instill Tri Delta’s values in young women. Generational changes within the sorority have taught me valuable personal lessons. Today’s women possess a unique perspective, perceiving the world with empathy. The women and the way they see the world has taught me so much!”
In Tiffany’s eyes, Tri Delta is not just an organization; it’s a lifelong commitment. “Tri Delta is forever,” she says, reminding us that you never know when you’ll need your sisters. Tiffany even got ordained to officiate a friend’s wedding in the mountains of North Carolina because her sister needed her!
If you are interested in learning more about our house director careers, we encourage you to visit the Tri Delta Housing Career Page, Tri Delta Housing Job Board or email email@example.com for more information.