Greek women will promote self-confidence this Wednesday through an event called In Her Skin that focuses on inner-beauty rather than outer-beauty.
Recruitment chairs from every sorority will take turns sitting at a table in the CUB from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where they will take pictures of Greek women participating in the event.
These women will come to campus without make-up to create unity among women in the WSU student body.
"This is a day that we are taking to promote unity among Greek women," said Sarah Manix, a junior psychology and communication major, and membership recruitment chair on the Panhellenic Council. "By not wearing any make-up we are saying, ‘Look, whether you are Greek or not Greek, an Alpha Gamma Delta or a Kappa Delta, we are all the same and we can be confident in our own skin.'"
In addition to not wearing make-up, sororities will be covering every mirror in their houses and replacing each one with an inspirational quote that focuses on inner beauty, Manix said.
The pictures taken at the CUB table will later be made into a collage for formal recruitment in the fall.
“During recruitment we are formally dressed because we want to make a good impression on our new members,"said Emily Williams, a sophomore apparel merchandising major and recruitment chair on the executive board of Alpha Chi Omega."By using this collage of women with no make-up in all of these sororities, I think this is a great way to show these potential new members that we are very much about unity and promoting confidence from within ourselves.”
Women will also have the opportunity at this table to write what they are confident about on a banner to go along with the collage.
At a workshop that every sorority executive board attends, a company called Something of Value came to help discuss major issues in the Greek and college community, Williams said.
“Some of the issues discussed were excessive drinking and provocative dressing which we think women do sometimes to feel confident or included in their environment,"Williams said."By doing this event, we want to show the community that we are strong women and we don’t need to do those things to fit in.”
Recruitment chairs are hoping that this is a successful event so that they can expand it to the entire community of WSU women as an act of unity, sophomore communication major Stephanie Ebreo said.
“Self esteem is something that seems so small but its such a huge step in the right direction,"she said."By showing the community that we are promoting confidence, I expect that these women will realize people don’t look at them differently without make-up because we are the same without it, in our own skin.”