Panhellenic at the University of Utah strives for equity among all members of our community and beyond. Sororities have historically excluded BIPOC and non-Christian women from joining their organizations. Our goal is to deconstruct the outdated bylaws and norms put in place to ensure a safer and more welcoming environment for those of all backgrounds and identities.
We condemn any and all discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexual orientation, or ability. We celebrate these differences and the unique identities of the individuals, both inside and outside of our community. As part of our EDI initiatives, we hope to support as much as we can through education and connections to help amplify voices, not override them.
With the assistance from professionals and our Panhellenic VP Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, we will promote individual and collective community knowledge, understanding, and application of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the University of Utah.
NPC Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is committed to creating a more welcoming, inclusive Panhellenic community, including addressing racism and racial injustice in our community. As part of that commitment, the NPC Board of Directors has outlined these considerations:
Our organizations do not reflect the diversity that our Panhellenic communities hope to achieve. As a community, we don’t make ourselves broadly attractive to women of color and we have too often fallen short in supporting our Black and Brown sisters.
We believe that we must consider—and change—the systems and norms within the Panhellenic community that have historically benefited and centered the experiences of white women and women of privilege, more generally.
As a Panhellenic community, we have an obligation and responsibility to empower our members and volunteers and to openly discuss race and racial injustice.
In the near term, addressing these considerations will likely mean difficult and meaningful conversations, the creation of new resources and a commitment to support and work with College Panhellenics. In the long term, it will require critical conversations with our Black and Brown sisters, as well as those who advocate for and support them, in order to develop and implement new approaches, policies, agreements and expectations.