Iota Phi challenges its members to live their philanthropy everyday. The fight against domestic violence is one taken to heart by each member of the chapter as one of our own sisters, Elizabeth Pernel, who tragically passed in 1998. She was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time and fell victim to a shooting from another couple's violent relationship. Her memory lives on not only in our chapter, but also at our University. A tree dedicated in Liz's memory stands outside of the dormitory room Liz lived in freshman year. We hold an annual candlelight vigil to honor Liz’s memory.
Iota Phi also holds its annual Frisbee Fest in memory of Liz. Each year we donate the proceeds from Frisbee Fest to Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven. This fun-filled event is something we all look forward to, year after year. Sisters participate throughout the day's activities, including "Pie and Alpha Chi" and, of course, the frisbee tournament! The Greek Community is actively supportive, with many sororities and fraternities coming together for this amazing cause.
Our chapter is also international in fighting domestic violence. Since 2010, we have been able to continue our relationship with a women’s shelter in Bridgetown, Barbados that was established by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Barbados. Through the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, we have planned annual trips to Barbados to educate women about domestic violence and assist women in need. The women selected for this trip do amazing things, including meeting with the Chargé d'Affaires to discuss the role and status of women in Barbados. Our sisters were able to spend time with the families that reside in the island's only shelter, which our donations have helped greatly improve. This truly was an amazing experience and opportunity for Iota Phi to be able to provide our services to victims of domestic violence on an international level!
Iota Phi not only values our philanthropy, but also is involved within the Greek Community and on campus. You can always find Alpha Chi’s at the Big Event, Relay for Life, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and other on-campus events!