A Letter from our President, Catherine Parnell
My name is Catherine Parnell. This year, I have the honor of serving as the Chapter President for the Iota Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi at Dartmouth College. Aside from Alpha Phi, I am a Computer Science major interested in history and sustainability. I am a software developer & researcher at Thayer School of Engineering’s Empower Lab, software engineer at Dartmouth’s DALI Lab, writing tutor at the Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, and Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science Department. When I’m not coding, you’ll find me on the field with the club lacrosse team or bouldering at the climbing gym.
As Chapter President, I am assuming leadership of this house during a pivotal moment in time. As we transition out of the worst of COVID and into a ‘new normal’, it is more important than ever to foster an environment of inclusion, ensuring that our sisters feel welcome and supported in both our physical space and virtual space.
I have spent more terms in a virtual sorority than I have in a physical one. I have realized that despite this, Alpha Phi has brought me many amazing memories, and more importantly, amazing women. The beauty of my experience lays in its commitment to Alpha Phi’s mission: “a sisterhood of women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.” We don’t need to be physically beside each other to be close; both near and far, Alpha Phis support Alpha Phis.
It is an honor to lead the Iota Kappa chapter at Dartmouth, as I am continually surrounded by strong, passionate women who are pioneers and trailblazers. In fact, it is thanks to incredibly hardworking sisters in our chapter that the position of VP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is now officially recognized on Alpha Phi’s Executive Board. It is inspiring to be part of a community that celebrates diversity and empowers women from all walks of life.
To my sisters reading this, I thank you for trusting me with the wellbeing of our sisterhood. And to those considering joining, we are ready and eager to welcome you with open arms. I hope it one day Alpha Phi can be your home too.