Diversity, equity and inclusion have become hugely popular and prevalent topics in our society – from higher education to workplace environments and everything in between.
According to the Census Bureau, minorities (those classified as of any race other than non-Hispanic, single-race whites)
will make up a majority of the U.S. population by 2042. As the campuses that host our collegiate chapters admit a more diverse student body, they are also calling on campus organizations to create inclusive environments.
They know that our organizations can be home to women of all backgrounds and experiences, and they are challenging us to respond.
WHY HAVE WE MADE THIS But we respond not just because we are asked to.
We know the value that an inclusive membership experience brings to Alpha Chi Omega.
For a sisterhood founded on trailblazing ideals and a willingness to push the envelope, we know we can only improve when we bring in diverse voices and create an environment where those voices are welcomed and honored.
Our current collegians are part of Generation Z, the most racially diverse generation in history.
Research shows that these women care about diversity to a greater degree than previous generations,
choosing to engage with diverse groups of friends and supporting efforts to specifically include those who differ from them.
They believe that the problems of this world can only be solved when diverse voices come together to the table. And they are looking for an Alpha Chi Omega that reflects this.
And a quick note: While race is a key part of how we look at diversity,
Alpha Chi Omega’s DE&I work also includes a variety of other areas – ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender identity,
WHY HAVE WE MADE THIS sexual orientation, opinion, and mental or physical ability, to name just a few. National President Angela Costley Harris points out,
“Diversity of thought and idea is one of the most powerful tools we have to advance Alpha Chi Omega forward in a way that is relevant for all current and future members.”
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