DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

A message from our Director of DEI on behalf of Beta Psi:

My name is Bella Pasha, and I currently serve as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for our chapter here at the University of Alabama. As Greek organizations began to develop across the country hundreds of years ago, they were created to bring people together; however, they were founded on discriminatory practices. Although Delta Gamma has a far way to go, our organization has become a pioneer in embracing the differences within all its members. Regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, Alabama Delta Gamma continues to move forward each day in becoming a more inclusive and welcoming environment to all its members. In 2020, Delta Gamma Executive Offices released its Statement of Inclusivity stating: 

”Delta Gamma Fraternity is committed to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment and experience for our members, potential new members and communities. In our membership selection processes and in the lifelong membership experience, Delta Gamma Fraternity and its members do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, physical disability or other protected identities. Membership is open to all individuals who identify as women and who have a sincere desire to uphold our shared values, as outlined in Article II. We resolve to eliminate inequities and address behaviors that do not align with our values.”

Here at the Beta Psi chapter, we are committed to implementing action tasks to combat non-inclusive efforts that our organization was previously founded upon. This is just the beginning and we are extremely exciting to move forward creating long lasting change. Some of the initiatives we have started include:

  • Creating a DEI committee open and welcome to all members wanting to progress our chapter even more towards its DEI goals which includes releasing resources monthly and at chapter each week
  • Removing the legacy policy as an organization to combat the previous socioeconomic discrepancies that Greek organizations were previously founded upon
  • Changing wording on our Recruitment Guidelines from “nude heels” to “neutral/skin toned-heels” and keeping a policy of simplistic jewelry to prevent the display of wealth
  • Developing a DEI presentation to members participating in our campus-wide philanthropy events as well as a basis of new member meetings
  • Adding a tab to our public website to acknowledge the problematic history of PHC sororities and ways to move forward in the future

As we continue to learn and engage in conversation around unequitable practices, we will adjust and expand upon our commitments. Thank you for holding Beta Psi accountable and engaging in this dialogue.