Diversity & Inclusion

A message from our International President

 
Friday, September 18th, 2020

 

Since our inception in 2009, it has been Alpha Pi Phi’s goal to create an environment where young women could come together, bound by shared values, virtues, and friendships. We have always tried to foster a sisterhood where all could feel welcome and valued for what unique qualities they brought to the table. However, while this has always been our goal, it is important to acknowledge that we have not always lived up to these standards. 

 

This summer, Nozizwe Buthelezi (A-049), Venika Christophe (A-062), Lauren Crosby (A-000), and Jessica Troyanovsky (A-000) brought forward a proposal to the International Council of Alpha Pi Phi to implement a Diversity and Inclusion initiative within the organization. 

 

I believe they said it best in their initial letter:

 

When the founding mothers of Alpha Pi Phi came together, one of our main objectives was to be as inclusive as possible. Unfortunately, as this sorority grew, we did not fully consider what it meant to support our sisters of colour or acknowledge their experience as members of marginalized groups. We welcomed all young women to join us, no matter their ethnicity or race, but we failed to consciously consider or account for the specific experiences of our sisters of colour. We offered love, loyalty and friendship from a position of privilege; we failed to adequately consider how this would be achieved, or that each sister would have needs unique to her person, her race and culture, and her experiences. There were gaps we did not recognize which persist today and need to be filled to provide a truly supportive sisterhood. 

 

As Alpha Pi Phi continues to grow and evolve, we must do so in a way that ensures each and every sister within Alpha Pi Phi feels as though she is seen, heard, and valued. We must create and provide support systems on both a chapter and organizational level so that our sisters have the necessary resources to thrive. As such, we have worked together over the last few months to develop and adopt a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

 

The purpose of creating a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative within Alpha Pi Phi is to give our sisters of colour a safe space in our organization, and also create a space where sisters who are not people of colour (POC) can learn to become better allies. This will be done by creating positions and support systems on both an organizational and a chapter level. The systems and resources made available by and through this initiative will allow sisters to support women of colour’s experiences through activism and to create a positive and lasting change in their lives as they move on from university life. They will teach our sisters to put our values into practice and help them understand that this is a constant day-to-day fight against racism, bigotry, and hatred. Not only should our sisters of colour feel supported, they should also feel our empathy and love - especially all those who are suffering from injustice in so many ways.

 
 
Maddie Staruch
Our Diversity and Inclusion Chair

Alpha Pi Phi Beta Chapter

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Gabby Corriveau

Upsilon Class

My role as the diversity and inclusion chair is one of great importance as it entails creating a safe space within Alpha Pi Phi and in the community for people of all social identity groups. It is important to understand that no two people are the same and every person comes from different backgrounds and have had different experiences throughout their lives. Within this role I will promote equity and will advocate for a better environment where we all as individuals can become better allies. Throughout this year, I will strive to achieve my main goals and ensure that the sisters of Alpha Pi Phi are educated on all areas of discrimination and conscious of the effects of their actions. 

My main goals are:

1. Alpha Pi Phi must be educated on Canada’s history of discrimination and attend diversity and inclusion presentations and trainings

2. Sisters must actively participate in discussions concerning diversity and inclusion and reflect on how they as individuals can promote and practice equity within Alpha Pi Phi and in their communities.

3. To ensure that Alpha Pi Phi as an organization is a safe space for sisters of all races/ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious beliefs, disabilities, ages, parental status, nationalities, and all other social identity groups.