To some within the black community, joining a white fraternity can be considered taboo.
Sisters of Color, an affinity group for women of color in the Panhellenic Greek community, and Lambda Q, a group which advocates for LGBTQIA* students in fraternities and sororities, co-hosted a panel on the experiences of marginalized identities within the Greek system at Washington University Saturday.
When an attention-grabbing event happens, such as a fraternity being placed on social probation, a natural increase in discussion follows. With more awareness of accessible information, however, a more consistent discussion can be fostered within and between chapters. The goal is clear: Fraternity parties, and our campus as a whole, need to be safer for students.
Women in Washington University sororities reported sexual harassment or assault by members of every Greek fraternity chapter in an independent survey commissioned by the Women’s Panhellenic Association.
Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Austin Sandoval-Sweeney and Executive Director for Campus Life Leslie Heusted hosted the forum to serve as a space to provide reasoning for new policy changes in addition to encouraging feedback on how they could best improve the policy to suit the needs of Greek members on campus.
It is close to impossible to please everyone involved when the policies themselves have the potential to affect everyone on campus. So, with all of the changes announced by both WUPD and Campus Life, it is of the utmost importance that students continue to offer their input.
Two members of Chi Omega established Sisters of Color, an affinity group for women of color in Washington University Greek life organizations, which held its first meeting last week.
After Phi Delta Theta’s permanent suspension from campus last month, Washington University accepted black students’ bid for their former house on Upper Row for fall 2018.
Washington University announced Tuesday morning that the former Phi Delta Theta fraternity house will be designated as a communal living space for black students for the 2018-2019 school year.
After the permanent suspension of PhiDelt, Wash. U. is considering re-assigning fraternity House 5 to one of two groups on campus—black students or the Women’s Panhellenic Association.