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Letter from the President

Hello my name is Sammi Knotts and I am very privileged to say that I am the president of Kappa Kappa Gamma for the 2020-2021 year. Joining this chapter three years ago was one of the best decisions I have made in college. I was an out of state student when I first entered UCSB, and did not know a single person here. However, Kappa made me feel like I had a home away from home with the best support system I could ever even imagine. 

As a member of Kappa, each woman strives for sisterhood, scholarship, and philanthropy which are our three pillars. As a sister, each member has the responsibility to be there for each other. Through ritual and sisterhoods, we grow a close bond to one another that cannot be compared to any other type of relationship. Academically, we provide the help and support needed in order to strive in our scholarly ambitions. Whether that be helping one another in school with tutoring or providing the resources needed, each girl is set up for success. We are very passionate in our philanthropic endeavors in that we put on two events a year that we have raised over $30,000 for. Our first event is for our national philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental. Our second philanthropic event was created back in 2006 when one of our members passed away from ovarian cancer. This tragedy inspired us to put on a week of food fundraisers followed by capture the flag football games in which other chapters on campus participate in to raise money for ovarian cancer research.

When searching for new members, we seek diversity, individuality, and authenticity for girls who will contribute to our chapters goal to be womanly and true. We seek to mirror the strong noble women who founded this chapter 150 years ago. They created a space for women to rise above their challenges and overcome struggles that have been placed upon them for years. 

By joining Kappa Kappa Gamma, I have a become a better woman. The leadership, scholarly, and career opportunities this chapter has offered me is priceless. Some of my best and favorite memories while in college has all rooted from being in this chapter. I hope you too are able to find a home and place that you can call home here at UC Santa Barbara!

Sammi Knott

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