Vique Martinez, Miami, was raised with a strong sense of community in a small town. As a young Latina girl, Vique was unaware of the subtle prejudices and biases that existed in the United States. A natural writer, one negative experience with a racist teacher caused her to stop writing. In high school, she skipped AP Literature in favor of the photography room, where she discovered a passion for visual storytelling. This passion was further fueled by a supportive teacher who recognized her potential and encouraged her to follow her dreams.
Vique pursued communications (video/film production) and theater arts at the University of Miami and currently works in media and entertainment as a national social media manager for SBS and as an editor for experimentation, lifestyle, and Spanish national news at McClatchy.
Vique joined Tri Delta because “it was home.” She was drawn to our rich history, our Ritual, and our long line of powerful women. Despite her nontraditional college experience, including giving birth to her son while in school, Vique received unconditional love and support from her sorority sisters. Her son was essentially raised by Tri Delta. “I didn’t live on campus so I went to the suite whenever I could and it truly made my college experience.”
As a volunteer, Vique currently serves as the alumnae specialist for Region 4, where she facilitates and works with alumnae chapters to keep them informed on announcements, dues paid, bylaws, and other important updates. She checks in regularly to ensure the chapters are running smoothly and keeps tabs on their progress. Vique finds joy in producing and sees this role as an extension of her love for production. Her passion and enthusiasm fit perfectly with the personality of Tri Delta.
What made you decide to volunteer for Tri Delta?
“Because life is short. It has been a hard year for me. My brother, who was my biggest cheerleader, supporter, and best friend, passed away. I was angry at his death. I didn’t want to be angry anymore and was ready to do something positive. I decided to focus my energy on good and do something I loved and something that connected me with my brother. He loved Tri Delta and my sisters and even married one! Volunteering with Tri Delta connected me with who I was and grounded me to release anger with his passing.”
What do you get most out of volunteering?
Volunteering for Tri Delta brings Vique a sense of fulfillment. She is passionate about dispelling the negative misconceptions often associated with Greek life. Vique truly believes in the women’s empowerment that Tri Delta promotes and the values the organization instills in our members.
“Volunteering for Tri Delta is a way to do something I love for the sake of love,” she shares.
What is your most memorable experience as a volunteer?
“Connecting with my Tri Delta sisters is like going home. I love seeing and working with the new group of alumnae. It brings back memories and although [college] seems distant, it’s not. I cherish the experience and the sense of wholesomeness, goodness and community it brings.”
What advice do you have for other Tri Deltas who are thinking about volunteering?
Vique’s advice is don’t hesitate to volunteer and get involved.
“Many people miss out on these opportunities simply because they don’t explore them. Volunteering with Tri Delta truly make you feel like you’re part of something bigger. This helps to maintain the lifelong bond of sisterhood.
“Volunteering can also improve your work skills, as I initially struggled with shyness, but eventually found my voice and learned when to speak up. This is particularly important in the cut-throat world of media and entertainment, where it’s crucial to not be afraid to voice your concerns.”