Texas Delta Gamma's Diversity and Inclusion Committee: A Break Down
We created the committee to get the chapter more involved in conversations about diversity and inclusion and create a platform for members to share their thoughts. Change within the Beta Eta chapter of Delta Gamma will require the involvement of the entire chapter. This committee was created to help facilitate this change and lead the chapter and CMT in decisions regarding diversity and inclusion.
The goal of the committee:
The overall goal of the committee is to foster diversity and inclusion in DG through fundraising, education and awareness. Right now our short term goals really have to do with recruitment and making sure we educate our members on implicit biases and how to talk to women of different backgrounds (WOC, LGBTQ+, religion, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc.).
Sorority life and Delta Gamma were created on a system of exclusion. Over the long term, this committee is working to remove those systems from DG so that we can truly continue to foster an even more inclusive environment.
How we've prepared to educate the chapter:
This semester we will educate the chapter through biweekly educational modules over various D&I topics, including race issues, LGBTQ+ rights, and the history of greek life. These modules will be prepared by both the UPC D&I Task force and the Beta Eta D&I committee.
In response to the death of George Floyd, the chapter was educated on systemic racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement. They were also provided a list of resources to better the cause.
During the month of June, we had a book club and read Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to Be An Anti-Racist. The book club helped us motivate each other to educate ourselves and hold our sisters accountable.
What we've learned:
We have learned so much about our chapter and ourselves over the past couple of weeks. Doing research for presentations, reading books, and talking with members of our chapter has made both of us more educated on discrimination inside and outside of DG. We have learned about how we have contributed to racism and how we can change for the better. Acknowledging instances in which we aided a racist system allowed us to reflect on DG and talking with our peers has helped us see different perspectives on these issues. We hope the committee will facilitate the same self reflection and conversation in the chapter.
How we want the position to expand in the future:
In the future, we hope this committee expands to encompass larger diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as a yearly activism/fundraising event. In October of 2020 we will be holding our first Black Lives Matter Fundraising event, which will include various activities to increase awareness on racial equity and raise money for the movement. We also hope to collaborate with different UT organizations outside of UPC to help Beta Eta members interact with groups outside of greek life.
In terms of internal member education, our hope is to create a lasting and impactful change within Beta Eta to be more welcoming and inclusive to underrepresented women. We want our members to feel empowered enough to use their privilege to push for change and uplift the voices of those who are often silenced.