About The Sapphires

Phi Rho Epsilon also know as The Sapphires Sisterhood was established on November 9, 1979 at the University of Western Michigan. Our Founding recognize the need for an alliance amongst like-minded women to achieve the objective of empowering our surrounding communities and encouraging the future success of our oft disenfranchised black youth.

In answer to this clarion call, a number of women stepped forward to be part of the inaugural line of this burgeoning sisterhood. Out of this process the first Ladies of Phire were born. The Founders of Phi Rho Epsilon envisioned that this sisterhood would be predicated on four essential pillars of Womanhood: Sisterhood, Devotion, Leadership and Service.

Habitat For

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit Christian organization that brings families, volunteers and resources together to build simple, decent, and affordable housing in low-income areas. Houses are sold at no profit and owners provide hard work, a down payment, and ongoing interest-free payments.

Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society explains that breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that may grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant…areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.




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    Oversees board and executive committee meetings
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    Oversees board and executive committee meetings
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    Oversees board and executive committee meetings


Committees Personnel support the organization in executing strategic initiatives based on core values of Sisterhood, Leadership, Devotion and Service. These core values guide the day-to-day operations and decisions of our organization. Our areas of focus for 2015-2020 are: Membership Growth, Capitalizing Financial Wherewithal, Graduation & Retention, Pomoting/Marketing of Our Core Values, and Strenghten our Foundations.

Volunteer Personnel

Volunteer personnel are integral to helping Phi Rho Epsilon to achieve its many objectives, and the Chairs of the various Committees appointed by the Board of Directors are always seeking assistance from interested members. Volunteer opportunities are quite flexible and can be both short-term and long-term endeavors depending on the time commitment that volunteers are willing to make.

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Scholarships and Awards

Sapphires provide the opportunities for its members to be recognized for their academic accomplishments and demonstrated commitment to serving their surrounding communities.

These recognitions are provided on an individual basis as well as on a chapter basis. Nominations for such awards and recognitions originate from initiated members, Chapters, Colonies, and or Alumni Chapters. Nominations are turned in to the Governing Council who in conjunction with the National Board of Directors of our brother Fraternity Phi Delta Psi Fraternity Inc., will present each award and or recognition.

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K-12 Advocacy

Though the high school graduation rate for public school students has increased in recent years, racial disparities still exist. According…

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