This means that our sisterhood needs to become …
This means seeking more potential Delta Gammas who are from different backgrounds and walks of life. You can take part in this by expanding your circle and exploring new areas of your campus and community. For some, this may be uncomfortable at first but it’s important to build relationships by identifying shared and differing experiences with the individuals you meet.
This means ensuring that our day-to-day actions are customized to fit each individual so all members have the opportunity to experience the benefits of Delta Gamma membership equally. It requires all members, not just officers, to call attention to policies, procedures and events within the chapter and alumnae group experience and in everyday life when you see a lack of equity.
More actively inclusive.
This means celebrating and embracing the differences within all Delta Gamma members. We need to move beyond saying “we don’t discriminate” and seek opportunities to acknowledge and amplify the differences that Delta Gammas bring to the table. You should authentically value experiences that are unlike your own. As individuals, we all have so much to gain and learn from other people and how they see the world.
Find resources and engage in dialogue with your sisters and community.
This can be within your collegiate chapter, alumnae group or group of friends!
We have hosted several webinar-style learning sessions for members and non-members within the past three months. These talks are grounded in the pillars of Article II of our Constitution: high ideals of friendship, educational and cultural interests, social responsibility and the best qualities of character.
Join four sisters as they talk about their experiences as beneficiaries of white privilege while fostering a space for judgement-free learning and growth. We believe it is important to note that all guest hosts identify as white. Although it is incredibly important to listen to and amplify the voices of people of color, the hosts acknowledge that it is not the responsibility of people of color to educate white individuals on the topic of white privilege.
The impacts that microaggressions have are anything but small. And as sisters who come together in the name of "Doing Good" and social responsibility, it's on us to talk about them.
Implicit biases exist within all of us - what’s important is what we do with that information. According to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, implicit biases are attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner and are a better predictor of behavior than our explicit beliefs. Challenging our implicit biases allows us to align our good intentions with desired outcomes
DG Dialogues, launched in 2018, is part of Delta Gamma’s collegiate member education programming. During DG Dialogues, chapters complete four programs over the academic year, corresponding to each value of Article II. Programs are completed in small groups of 10-15 to allow for deep discussion and meaningful learning.
A portion of the program options for our ‘educational and cultural interests’ value center around diversity, inclusion and equity, including “Social Identities 101,” “The Importance of Language” and “Social Justice Issues: Race and Ethnicity.”
Chapter management team (CMT) officers who want to improve their chapter members’ commitment to equity and inclusion should implement one of these programs, whether virtually or in person. Though four are required for each chapter, that does not mean your chapter can only do four programs. If you think your chapter needs more opportunities for DG Dialogues or would like to see different topics, tell your CMT officers what you would find valuable for your chapter.
As a collegiate chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity, you and your fellow chapter members have a unique ability to impact change on your campus. The values listed in Article II of our Constitution are a good place to begin when you are considering ways to impact change within our sisterhood and larger community. While the International Fraternity Council and Executive Offices drive organizational policies/procedures and provide a framework for all chapters to thrive, you are empowered to enact change and make decisions for your chapter. This includes:
Collegiate chapters are encouraged to embrace this freedom to shape your sorority experience to what works best for your members and your campus. Your chapter advisers, regional team and Executive Offices staff are available to support chapters in finding ways to individualize their chapter experience through the Delta Gamma chapter framework. What are we missing? Tell us what you’d like to see from us as we work toward becoming an intentionally inclusive organization, by emailing us at EquityandInclusion@deltagamma.org.
Delta Gamma is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all members. Racism and discrimination have no place in our sisterhood. If you are aware of an individual or chapter (both collegians and alumnae) who have not upheld this commitment, we want to hear about it. Please use the following avenues to report incidents of racism, discrimination and/or inequality:
How to file a report if you're a member:
How to file a report if you're not a member:
Start with this guide to learn how to support a fellow Delta Gamma who has experienced covert or overt racism, whether at the hands of a sister or a non-member.
Delta Gamma is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all members—one that supports women and gives them the resources they need to support someone who may have experienced covert or overt racism. Grounded in Article II of the Fraternity Constitution and Delta Gamma’s Positional Statement on Inclusivity, members are honor-bound to uphold the high ideals of sisterhood throughout all aspects of life. Know that there is no one way to support someone who has experienced racism. There is no one set formula for dealing with racism or helping a friend who has experienced it. As each of us are made up of many intersecting social identities, members' experiences with racism and oppression are similarly going to be distinct and unique. However, there are tools we all can use to support a sister, friend or family member who has experienced racial harm.
As a predominately white organization, we must recognize the role we have played in institutional racism. Delta Gamma is focused on the process of examining aspects of our history using the framework of contextualization, which argues it is better to educate and contextualize than to ignore or erase. Our goal is to engage the issues as experts and explore “what actually happened” when evaluating aspects of our history that have caused harm and conflict with our values.
This Restorative Practices video provides a brief introduction to the Restorative Practices method. Restorative practices is a technique used to restore and rebuild relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities and place folks who have been harmed at the center of the restoration. The is the preventative side of restorative justice.