To Our Community,
In light of the recent increase in anti-racist discourse and the Black Lives Matter movement, we as the UCSB Panhellenic chapters wish to recognize our history and privilege, as well as our dedication to continued learning and improvement. Panhellenic sororities across the nation were founded on ideas surrounding exclusion and white supremacy since they were initially created for white women. Regardless of intention, we recognize that there are traces of bias and racist practices present at the root of our organizations. We as the UCSB Panhellenic chapters take a strong stance against racism, and recognize that there is work to be done. We have engaged in important conversations to identify where racism is present in our organizations and are committing to initiatives to make our sororities, and community, more inclusive. We are continuing to educate ourselves on our privilege and issues of race, while taking steps to combat racism in our organizations. We hope to recruit new members who are eager to take these steps with us, and are passionate about continuing this conversation and educating themselves. This discussion will not end anytime soon and will continue to be a priority for our chapters for many years to come. We hope for a future in which systemic racism and oppression have been eradicated from our organizations.
We as the UCSB Panhellenic chapters wish to affirm our support for the following:
In addition to the areas we addressed above, we wish to address Recruitment specifically. Recruitment is a large part of our organizations as it is the way we grow and advance our chapters. We as the Panhellenic sorority chapters at UCSB wish to affirm our support for the following:
In addition to the items outlined above, each respective chapter has engaged in their own initiatives to promote inclusivity. For more information, see the respective chapters' social media accounts.
Lastly, we wish to acknowledge that this letter is not exhaustive and there is more work to be done. Fostering inclusivity and fighting against racism in our organizations will remain an ongoing discussion and a priority for our organizations. We commit to continuing this conversation to work to become better than we were.
With Panhellenic Love,
Madison Tilner, Collegiate Panhellenic Council President
Sara Bredice, Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΩ) Outgoing Chapter President
Vanessa Hill, Alpha Chi Omega (ΑΧΩ) Incoming Chapter President
Wendy Zanker, Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ) Chapter President
Tabatha Stevens, Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) Chapter President
Molly deBoisblanc, Delta Gamma (ΔΓ) Chapter President
Sarah Bluman, Gamma Phi Beta (ΓΦΒ) Chapter President
Fiona Dolan, Kappa Alpha Theta (ΚΑΘ) Chapter President
Sammi Knotts, Kappa Kappa Gamma (ΚΚΓ) Chapter President
Jennifer Nyugen, Phi Sigma Rho (ΦΣΡ) Chapter President
Maggie Alves, Pi Beta Phi (ΠΒΦ) Chapter President
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