Former Sorority Council President, Chelsea Ostebo, has been selected as the only representative of the University of South Carolina to travel to Washington D.C. this April as a student lobbyist with an all-Greek delegation. The North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference sponsor the congressional visit that brings together other chosen participants from across the country April 21st-25th.
Leading up to the trip, Chelsea will be working with University Administration and Student Government to garner support for the CHIA as well as partake in training sessions that will aid her while there. The trip allows the group to lobby on behalf of issues affecting Greek-letter collegiate members including the Collegiate Housing Infrastructure Act. Commonly known as CHIA, this act advocates for fraternity and sorority housing to receive tax deductible donations. According to the North-American Interfraternity Conference, “[Greek organizations] own and manage $3 billion in student housing at no cost to the American taxpayers. [Greek organizations] house 250,000 students a year in 8,000 facilities with a replacement cost and capacity that universities cannot afford to bear. [Greek] houses operate almost exclusively on student rents and…do not have the ability to raise tax-deductible funding for important life-safety capital improvements.”