Written by Addison Hoard
“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.”
What is Diversity?
Ferris State University defines diversity as, "a range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs." We in modern day times make sure to include everyone in everyone's conversation and situations as to show them support and that they are equal. Inclusion is important as it can make someone feel confident and show others who they really are instead of masking it into something else.
Why is Diversity and Inclusion important in sorority life?
It is notable to say that within the past sororities, and Greek life, have not been inclusive to those who did not fit into the classic sorority women look. The normally white, blond hair, thin waist was the ideal type in the beginning but as the years have gone by and the world has changed sororities have made it a fair way from the old ideals they once had. Now we see a more diverse and open environment within the many chapters that are located all around the US and in Canada. Sororities want what is best for their members and one of the many things these organizations strive for is a welcoming place where anyone can feel their best and not have to hide who they are.
Most, if not all chapters, have a designated person to help with creating diverse and loving chapters within sororities. Some sororities call their diversity chairs BEDI (Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and normally have diversity or inclusion in their title to make sure their members know who to come to with any concerns about the topic. Chapters want to be sure their members feel their best and feel welcomed in their new home.
Sororities Statements on Diversity and Inclusion
Almost, if not all, sororities have made statements on their actions to help diversify their chapters and make sure everyone is treated equally amongst each other. You can find these statements by visiting the respected organizations website and looking for tabs that have keywords, diversity, inclusion, or belonging.
What does Kennesaw State University offer to help with Diversity and Inclusion?
Kennesaw State University offers many amenities on campus and online to help those who may have questions about the incentives the university has taken to help diversity and inclusion across campus. For those that identify with the LGBTQIA+ community the Kennesaw and Marietta campus offer in person offices for you to talk to someone or get to know others that are like you. Online they have more information located on the LGBTQ Resource Center website under Kennesaw State.
There are many organizations on campus, and online, that help with cultural aspects that students may be a part of. A great resource to learn about these many groups is visiting the Cultural and Community Center online via the Kennesaw State website. There you can find the many clubs, advisors, and activities the campus holds to help represent those whose cultures may not be presented.
To contact the campus about anything race, gender, and culture issues you can contact any of the emails or numbers on the websites listed above. And if there is a bigger issue it is recommended to call the campus police to make a statement and make sure your voice is heard.
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