I’m thankful you have found this letter, and I hope you hear the words of my letter to the fullest extent as you continue reading. Over the past few months, the Black Lives Matter movement has surged into greater light than ever before. This movement has been around since 2013, after the trial of George Zimmerman who unrightfully and maliciously shot Trayvon Martin under racist motives. However, in spite of these efforts, human beings are still being brutally treated due to the color of their skin. Some organizations are scared to speak out against these injustices and fear the repercussions of becoming politically involved. I’m here to tell you that we are speaking out. We are here to advocate and we are here to fight for you. We are holding our organization and its members accountable because despite our efforts to be inclusive in the modern day, Greek Life was built on systemic racism. If we do not do our part to change that, it will remain a community that is tolerant of these actions.
Here in Tri Delta, we acknowledge these issues. Like many Greek fraternities, ours was founded in the late 19th century, during a period in which slavery and racial segregation were everpresent in society. These social structures acted as barriers in Greek Life membership requirements, such as needing recommendation letters and banning natural hair, which all contributed to the general lack of inclusion. Tri Delta has come a long way since this beginning, and it stems from our commitment to Bringing You. We recognize the value of an individual regardless of appearance, background, finances, or other superficial aspects. We only care about what makes you, you. You’ll hear again and again from our members that we don’t want you to come here and be one of us, we want you to be you.
If you join our chapter as a woman of color, you will not be a token member. As a local chapter, we actively work to integrate different cultures, ideas, and traditions in a way our entire chapter can appreciate and understand. Currently, we are actively working to provide workshops, webinars, and events that will continue to educate our members and the community around us. We take any sort of discrimination very seriously and will take the actions necessary, including termination of membership, to ensure this type of behavior doesn’t persist. I promise our commitment to this issue is not a one time act.
As a national organization, we have rewritten the bylaw policies that have been found to suggest systemic racism, and we have eradicated those policies. We are constantly speaking about these issues and bringing attention to them. We are donating, protesting, and petitioning. Here in Tri Delta, we encourage you to be your authentic self, and we will be waiting to celebrate you.
Though I personally will never fully understand your struggle, I want to encourage an open line of communication about these topics. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collegiate Chapter President
Delta Delta Delta – Epsilon Theta