Alpha Delta Pi is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive sisterhood that celebrates the identities and lived experiences of our members. We want to ensure we are truly embodying our motto, We Live For Each Other, in our words and actions.
On June 3, 2020, Grand Council shared the sorority’s 2020 Strategic Plan for the biennium which includes the prioritization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Developed over the course of the last few months, this new plan identifies inclusivity as one of the core values of our organization.
Areas of focus include:
- Ensuring a multi-level and multi-faceted approach in addressing the needs of all organization members and integrating inclusive practices into Alpha Delta Pi.
- Understanding the sorority experience through the lens of identity using assessment and evaluation.
- Completing an education, resource, and policy audit to address shifting campus and chapter demographics.
- Researching informed programs, policy, and operations to maintain a standard of excellence.
- Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion resources for members.
- Determining appropriate preventative practices and restorative response process to ensure inclusive sisterhood.
- Consistently reviewing methods to ensure relevancy to student and host institution expectations.
These steps are only a starting point in our efforts to be actively anti-racist and fulfill our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They are the beginning of a multi-year plan developed by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee with the support of Sorority leadership.
- In 2017, Alpha Delta Pi formed the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group and this group transitioned to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2019. This committee has developed education and resources, facilitated training for chapters and volunteers, provided chapter and alumnae volunteer support, and collaborated with Sorority leadership to support DEI strategic planning.
- Alpha Delta Pi’s membership policy language was updated in 2017 to include membership eligibility to individuals identifying as women, including trans women.
- Educational sessions were held at Grand Convention 2017; in 2018 at Adelphean Compass, District Leadership Conference, and Leadership Seminar; and at Grand Convention 2019. These sessions were designed for collegiate officers and alumnae volunteers on topics relating to inclusive leadership, cultivating an inclusive sisterhood, understanding our history, and support the identities and lived experiences of members. DEI concepts continue to be infused into facilitator training and sessions for in-person experiences.
- Launched Talk About It Tuesdays, an educational series consisting of both webinars, educational posts on social media, and an online community, for members to learn and engage with one another on various topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion; health and safety; and other topics impact our members today.
- Provided education and resources for members to understand Alpha Delta Pi History, its impact today, and how we move forward to be a more inclusive organization. This item includes the Summer 2020 issues of The Adelphean, training, education, and resource development.
- Built out support and resources for already existing Diversity & Inclusion Officers in our collegiate chapters, whether at chapter-level or on the campus Panhellenic.
- Established Director of Inclusion position in the chapter officer strucutre.
- Developed a bias incident reporting form and support procedures laid out, disseminated, and assessed for continuous improvement.
- Created affinity spaces on Facebook for LGBTQ+ identified members, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) members, and Interfaith discussion.
The following action items have been identified for the 2020-2021 year, with several already in progress as of Summer 2020:
- Develop a diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy statement.
- Design and facilitate team training and education at the International Officer and Strategic Leadership Team level beyond IO Leadership Seminar in order to allow teams to apply DEI principles to their areas. This training would be adapted for advisors and staff.
- Partner with stakeholders, beginning with recruitment, membership experience, and Panhellenic, to evaluate current procedures and resources, identify priority areas for improvement from a DEI lens, and implement timeline for related updates and changes.
- Develop chapter education focusing on “critical” chapters first while exploring the development of an Inclusion Index to assess chapter performance in the area of creating inclusive spaces. This would result in better understanding of what conversations and education chapters are developmentally ready
Engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts is a collective responsibility that requires both individual and organizational efforts. Here are some ways we invite our members to engage in these efforts:
- Educate yourself. Participate in the Talk About It Tuesdays webinar series. Read, view, and listen to some of the recommended resources shared by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
- Invite others into the conversation with grace. Each individual comes into this discussion at a different place in their learning journey and holding each other accountable to do better is key to growth and change.
- Be an active bystander. Address acts of racism and oppression. Actively engage your sisters, family, friends, fraternity, and sorority communities in conversations about the need to educate and advocate against racism and oppression.
- Don’t tokenize others. Be careful not to lean on our sisters of color, especially our Black sisters, to educate you about these topics. There is emotional labor in their being the ones to educate while also managing their feelings – it is not their job to educate the whole.
- Advocate for and amplify the voices of those oppressed. This will look different depending upon our stage of life. It could involve peacefully protesting in support of addressing these issues, holding our sisters, including Sorority leadership, accountable for change, speaking up to ensure there is representation at the decision-making tables of your chapter, campus, or workplace, or inquiring about the diversity and inclusion strategic plan for your campus or workplace.
Understanding Our History
As the first secret society for college women, Alpha Delta Pi has existed for over 169 years. While we have a long history and legacy, we recognize our responsibility to acknowledge our contributions to the racist and oppressive systems still in existence today. We are long overdue in taking responsibility to be better for all of our members, especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and other marginalized identity groups.
The summer 2020 issue of The Adelphean includes a report on a year’s worth of research into our exclusionary past. This was not written in reaction to recent events. Our commitment to transparency and owning our history goes back long before this summer.
Part of the rollout of this report includes the development of tools and resources for our chapters, volunteers, and members to have at the ready to assist in understanding Alpha Delta Pi’s history, learning from it, and moving forward to ensure ADPi is an inclusive space for all members.
Reading Guide and History Resources
The Adelphean reading guide can be found at this link along with additional resources as they become available.
We invite to you view a recording of our Talk About It Tuesday Webinar, Owning Our History with Eyes on the Future, as a starting point to examining and exploring Alpha Delta Pi History.
Meet the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is comprised of alumnae volunteers who drive the vision and initiatives of Alpha Delta Pi as they relate to identity and equity for the sorority. Their roles include developing resources, facilitating educational experiences, advising sorority leadership, and supporting chapters.
Vision: To encourage a membership that represents and supports a diverse population by celebrating our common values and appreciating the differences we each bring to create a sisterhood that is a welcoming space for all members.
This committee is comprised of members representing a variety of both invisible and visible identities, professions, and lived experiences. This committee is appointed each biennium with the current committee serving through 2021. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.