Removal of Legacy Question from Recruitment Sign-ups

Truman's Panhellenic community strives to be as inclusive as possible and we do not tolerate discrimination. We stand firmly by this and emphisize a values-based recruitment. Nationwide, many have started to question some of the practices implemented during recruitment, most importantly that legacy bidding within sororities can perpetuate systemic racism.

Most of our inter/nationals require that a woman who is considered a legacy to your specific sorority is expected to be automatically invited back to a minimum of certain events (depending on each individual sorority). This becomes an issue because most, if not all sororities are predominately white. As a result, the legacy system gives an unfair advantage to white potential new members.

At Truman we recognizes the potential issues with legacy definitions and decided to take action that is within our scope of control. We have done this by removing the legacy question from our recruitment sign-up form. This means sororities will not know in advance if a potential new member has legacy affiliation with any organization. We hope doing so will promote a more positive and inclusive recruitment!

If you have any questions about what what this means or why we feel this was an important decision to make, contact our Events Coordinator, Kari Thompson at


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Fall Recruitment 2020

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Due to Covid-19 our 2020 fall recruitment will look slightly different than usual. A major difference will be incorporating virtual events, including our first round of recruitment. For this particular event, you will receive videos from each sorority with information regarding their values and sisterhoods. Since you will not be able to have conversations with girls during this first round, we have added the option for you to upload a video answering a couple questions. This will not be required but is an option if you choose to do so. If you would like to upload a video, see below for more details.


While shooting your video, please keep in mind these guidelines:

  • Videos should be a maximum of 90 seconds.

  • Record videos using a smartphone or similar device. You should not use professional/third-party videos/services to record or edit videos.

  • Backgrounds of videos should be neutral.

  • Videos should only include you and should not include the use of props.

  • Videos should begin with your name and hometown, and then responses to only one or two questions from the list below:

  1. What are you looking to gain from joining a sorority?

  2. What qualities do you possess that would be beneficial to our Panhellenic community?

  3. If you can start a philanthropy/charity, what would it be and why?


Still feeling confused? Our wonderful recruitment counselors have created example videos for you as a starting point. Although the recruitment counselor’s questions are slightly different from yours, some of your answers may be similar. Feel free to watch these videos and make it your own. 








The final step, once you have created your video, is to upload it to the recruitment application in ICS. Here is a pdf with more information on how to do so –

Please follow these instructions and post your video to youtube and then to the application. If you have any questions regarding these videos, please contact our VP of Recruitment at


The second round of recruitment will allow you to virtually connect with sorority members. The final, preference, event will be in person with caution taken in order to uphold social distancing. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us! We look forward to seeing you soon!