CHI OMEGA AND DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

The Chi Omega Symphony charges our Sisters “to choose thoughtfully that course which occasion and conscience demand.” In that spirit, and to deepen the bonds of our Sisterhood, Chi Omega is furthering its work in relation to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion among our collegiate and alumnae members. As an organization of purposeful women, it’s imperative to challenge ourselves and each other by listening to and learning from those whose experiences differ from our own.

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Update sent via email Thursday, August 27, 2020

As the world continues to receive news reports of violence and tragedy, Chi Omega wants to provide another update on the work of our Special Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Special Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Supreme Governing Council, after a holistic review of the practices, policies, procedures and member feedback, to ensure a more inclusive and ever-evolving Chi Omega.

Progress thus far includes the following:

  • Over 100 Sisters answered our open call to serve on the Special Committee.
  • Twenty-seven Chi Omegas were selected based on our desire for a committee made up of women who bring different life experiences and perspectives to this important work.
  • Sister Joslyn McGriff was appointed as Chair.
  • One-third of the Chi Omegas on the committee are undergraduates or recent graduates under the age of 25.
  • Two subject matter experts have been engaged, including professional DEI Consultant Marlon Gibson.
  • A special DEI link has been added to the Chi Omega homepage that includes committee bios and recent updates on the committee’s work.

Members of the Special Committee leadership team recently met virtually to set a working agenda. As reflected in the charge, the first order of business will be to review practices, policies and procedures in a wide range areas, including campus and Panhellenic partnership opportunities for greater diversity; member experience and chapter operations including training of leaders and advisors; DEI education, training and support; financial transparency and affordability; and, recruitment practices. We expect this first phase will last several weeks.

If you would like to submit topics for discussion and consideration within these or additional areas, please email dei@chiomega.com. Your thoughts, suggestions, and opinions are all welcome and encouraged.

Special Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Over 100 Sisters responded to our all-call for volunteers to serve on Chi Omega’s Special Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Twenty-seven Sisters, as well as additional subject matter experts, have been selected for the initial meeting, and we expect work groups to develop within this committee in the very near future.

Joslyn McGriff, a 2002 initiate of our Psi Delta Chapter at the University of Wyoming, a long time national volunteer and respected student affairs professional, will chair the committee at the invitation of the newly installed Governing Council. Her experience, intelligence and commitment to organizational evolution will be invaluable as we embark on this vital work.

The committee’s charge is to make recommendations to the Supreme Governing Council, after a holistic review of the practices, policies and procedures and member feedback, to ensure an ever-evolving and more inclusive Chi Omega. 

The committee includes an incredible range of Sisters-in almost every way you can imagine. They live all over the United States and range in age from a college sophomore to a Sister whose sophomore year in college was many decades ago. The professional and personal expertise of the collective is inspiring! To learn more about the committee members, see below.

The first meeting will be team facilitated by Chair Joslyn McGriff and our consultant, Marlon Gibson, former university professional and member of the NPHC organization Kappa Alpha Psi along with Sarah Moore, an initiate of Zeta Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega at Wake Forest, and a change management professional. Marlon is a professional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant also concurrently serving as the Director of Community Engagement for Kappa Alpha Order. Marlon was chosen for his track record in successfully navigating conflict and dialogue in the DEI space. Being male, Marlon also contributes the level of neutrality we are seeking in terms of preconceived notion about sorority, Chi Omega, other NPC sororities or Sisterhood, in general. Sarah Moore is a national volunteer and serves on The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega Committee. The leadership of these three outstanding individuals, along with S.M. Gena Runnion and CEO Leslie Herington, is critical to the important work of this special committee.

Chi Omega is very fortunate to have a Symphony of perspective, ideas, and life experience at this table, and it is our hope that through this comprehensive endeavor, our Fraternity will emerge stronger and more relevant to each and every Sister today and tomorrow. Please check back on here for future updates on the committee’s work.

Chair, Joslyn McGriff

Psi Delta | Wyoming

Indianapolis, IN

Longtime Chi Omega National Volunteer and Interim Director of the Association of Fraternity /Sorority Advisors

Meeting Facilitator, Sarah Moore

Zeta Lambda | Wake Forest

Hickory, NC

Change management professional & member of The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega

DEI Professional, Marlon Gibson

University of Toledo

Atlanta, GA

Resource and Subject Matter Expert: Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and professional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant specializing in community engagement

Sara Ali-Amghaiab

Kappa Beta | Rhodes

Brentwood, TN

Collegiate member with recent service on the Rhodes College Senate DEI Committee

Eve Amanuel Abraha

Chi Alpha | Tufts

Medford, MA

Tufts rising senior serving as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader for her Chi Alpha Chapter

Paula Axford

Epsilon | SUNY

Marietta, GA

High school educator & advisor to organizations that teach/practice safe & healthy protesting

Gabriella Badmus

Sigma Epsilon | Vanderbilt

Tampa, FL

Rising pre-law senior and leader in Sigma Epsilon Chapter

Sonya Biswas

Epsilon Delta | Southern Mississippi

Brandon, MS

Diversity and Inclusion Director for Epsilon Delta Chapter

Marcie Booth

Xi Delta | Toledo

Inglewood, CA

Chi Omega advisor serving professionally as a leader for her corporate Diversity, Gender and Inclusion committee

Kasie Bratton

Sigma Zeta | Texas A&M – Commerce

Jacksonville, AR

Chi Omega advisor and anti-bias educator

Corinna Casey

Kappa Lambda | UC San Diego

San Diego, CA

Clinical Health Psychologist & current chapter advisor

Leia De La Garza

Omicron Theta | Midwestern State

Oklahoma City, OK

Law student and former Greek Woman of the Year

Mary Ann Frugé

Tau | Mississippi

Oxford, MS

Former Chi Omega National President and recent service on the University of Mississippi DEI Committee 

Jorja L. Kimball

Upsilon Theta | Texas A&I

College Station, TX

Higher education researcher with experience in underrepresented groups

Barbara L. Kornblau

Nu | Wisconsin – Madison

Arlington, VA

Researcher, attorney and higher education professional at a historically black university with experience in ADA implementation and other civil rights laws

Schafer Kowalchik

Sigma Epsilon | Vanderbilt

Lakewood, CO

Professional career development coordinator and former Chi Omega  National Leadership Consultant

Carrie Lee

Kappa Lambda | UC – San Diego

New York, NY

Finance professional who founded an investment firm focused on seeding women and minority owned hedge funds

Alisa Lemere

Mu | UC – Berkeley

Carpinteria, CA

Created the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for her Chi Omega chapter

Liana Louie

Eta Alpha | Oregon State

Daly City, CA

Professional with ongoing and previous community engagement and diversity experience in the corporate world

Noe Merfeld

Alpha | Washington

Seattle, WA

Former Chi Omega National Leadership Consultant, community activist and practicing attorney

Jade Sampson

Zeta Theta | Middle Tennessee State

Nashville, TN

Recently led the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Junior League of Nashville

Tiffany Sanchez

Pi Gamma | New Mexico

Baltimore, MD

College Student Personnel professional educating students about diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence and has served 15 years as a safe space facilitator for LGBTQ students and faculty

Amanda Kay Seals

Eta Gamma | South Carolina

Decatur, GA

Lawyer and law professor in civil and human rights serving on her firm’s diversity and inclusion task force

Tessa Solomon

Xi Beta | Maine

Houlton, ME

Collegiate author of this Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute essay

Gayle L. Spencer

Zeta Delta | Nebraska – Omaha

Manhattan, KS

Longtime Chi Omega volunteer and higher education professional for over 40 years with experience developing leadership and diversity, equity and inclusion

Bethany Stone

Beta Theta | South Alabama

New Orleans, LA

Higher education professional at a historically black college

Stevie Tran

Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ

Resource and Subject Matter Expert: Attorney specializing in transgender inclusion and Fraternal law, former National President of Sigma Phi Beta Fraternity

Sisterhood Chats Regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Beginning in the fall term of 2020, all members and new members will be required to participate in conversation curriculum focused on the topic of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. Conversations are student led, and there is facilitated content as well as open discussion. Each member and new member must select between the two topics available in the DEI portion of Chi Omega’s Membership Experience Guide (Exploring Social Identities or Understanding Implicit Bias).

It is our hope that, through these  small-group conversations, understanding and sensitivity surrounding these important topics will be fostered, and Sisters will make thoughtful choices throughout their lives, while standing together as advocates and allies for marginalized communities.