NIC Position: The NIC values and finds strength in the diversity of people, approaches, and experiences. We believe that human diversity and our practice of embracing differing points of view allow innovation, and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment in our daily work of advocating for the advancement of men’s fraternities. Diversity, equity, and inclusion drive us forward, and we understand that these principles are not static, but rather take ongoing education and continually renewing commitment. The NIC’s dedication to that growth is and will be central to every facet of our operations.
- To guide our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the North American Interfraternity Conference has adopted the following definitions:
a. Diversity is the range of human identities and differences that comprise us as individuals, including but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic background, physical ability or attributes, cognitive abilities, religious or ethical values system, and political beliefs.
b. Equity is based on respect and dignity and centers around the fair access to resources for everyone. Addressing equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our organizations.
c. Inclusion is the intentional and active recognition where the inherent worth and dignity of all humans’ matter. Inclusivity promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and actively practices respect and appreciation for the differences in talents, beliefs, abilities, backgrounds, and ways of living of everyone.
- Consistent with longstanding NIC practice, the definition of a “men’s fraternity” is left to the discretion of the member organization.