Community Works’ Communications Intern, Dylan Manderlink (Emerson College ’14) and the professional & philanthropic sorority she is President of, Kappa Gamma Chi, inducted Fran Froehlich as an honorary sister of one of Emerson’s oldest greek organizations. Kappa Gamma Chi has been at Emerson College since 1902 and stands for the ideals of female professional development in a still very-male dominated work force, female empowerment, community service and civic engagement, and the powerful notion of sisterhood. Dylan honored Fran with the following words:
“As a blogger for Community Works’ social justice blog last year and their Communications Intern this year, I have been so incredibly lucky to have met Fran. I think there is a common misconception that activism tends to be a passion of younger people, a ‘grassroots trend’ that the younger generation seems to be a part of, or something that happened in a certain decade. But, Fran proves that wrong. I am so impressed by her constant motivation to make a difference in the lives of others and her community at large. Despite the many challenges and difficulties that come with being an advocate, activist, and engaged global citizen, she always remains authentically herself and I am constantly in awe of her realness. Even when discussing hefty, emotional, and trying issues – her positivity seems effortless and I am so grateful to know someone who does not get bogged down or deterred by the social ills of our society. Her positive outlook helps me stay motivated and encouraged as someone who is passionate about activism, community development, social justice, and volunteerism.
One of the reasons I joined Kappa was to have the chance to be surrounded by driven, highly-motivated, passionate, and compassionate women who strive to make a difference in the lives of others, their own lives, our school, and their community at large. I’m so grateful that Kappa has this Honorary Sister ceremony so that we can welcome, celebrate, and support women like Fran whose dedication to making the world a better place does not go unnoticed. Fran’s commitment to social justice and the betterment of the lives of others is absolutely inspiring and it is such a privilege to have her as an honorary sister and have her represent our organization. After Fran came to speak to our sisters at one of our Sunday business meetings, sisters were in awe of how empowering, uplifting, and sisterly she was and there was no question that we’d invite her to be an honorary sister.
As Gloria Steinem said, “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.”
Fran’s zest for life, devotion to social justice, and loyalty to the power and strength of womanhood, is a testament to the spirit of sisterhood that she values and will provide us with as well. Welcome Fran!”