The Drake IFC has exemplified its commitment to DEI in many ways, including hosting an event before recruitment with One Iowa to give chapter members a better understanding of intentional and educated decisions regarding recruitment processes and language in order to create a more welcoming space for any students who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum; working with multiple campus groups to assist with bringing soul Flores to campus as part of Hispanic Heritage Month; creating a VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to emphasize the importance of providing a welcoming community to all; and more.
Iowa State University
This year, the Iowa State IFC introduced the Vice President of Social Education to their board. This new position was created to promote a culture of inclusion where all individuals of the interfraternity community are welcomed, able to thrive, and full engage in the fraternity and sorority experience. In addition to other activities, the VPSE provided chapter DEI chairs with educational opportunities for fraternities to hold conversations regarding social justice and mental health at chapter meetings. To continue advocacy and awareness, the chapters were also provided resources for their members regarding topics including but not limited to: men’s mental health, suicide prevention awareness and inclusivity.
University of Idaho
In addition to bringing presenters and DEI-related programming to campus, a hallmark of U of I’s commitment to DEI comes in the form of leading the IFC community through the implementation of their Gender-Based Violence Prevention Plan. The plan includes action items like requiring all chapters to complete sexual assault prevention programming within the first eight weeks of the fall semester, requiring all potential new members participating in fall recruitment to complete an online program related to issues such as sexual assault prevention and requiring the IFC to support/cosponsor a campus safety month hosted by the Office of Violence Prevention.
University of Tennessee Knoxville
With education, cross-council collaboration, recruitment and scholarship guiding the way, the IFC’s creation of the DEI Commitment Plan is working to transform the fraternity and student experience at UTK; the Interfraternity Council is intentionally paving the way for its current members and those looking to join it in the future. The DEI Commitment Purpose Statement reads, “With more than 7,000 active members in Greek life – 2,000 of which are members of IFC chapters – we want to work towards fostering an inclusive, equitable, and accessible interfraternal community. By committing to goals that are actionable, attainable, and measurable, we commit to transform the culture of our council on this campus.”
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