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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kappa Delta Sorority is committed to building confidence and inspiring action. As part of our mission, Kappa Delta strives to create an equitable, inclusive sisterhood that appreciates our diversity. To make good on this commitment and elevate its priority, Kappa Delta is focusing on ways to identify biases and barriers that impact members’ opportunities and experiences.

Additionally, while there is much “in progress” – and this work, in its nature, will never be “done” – you can explore this page to learn more about our commitment, principles, updates and more.

Expanded the National Vice President's responsibilities to include integrating diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization.

Hosted listening sessions across the organization to develop the initial strategy for change.

Conducted chapter climate studies to gather information about each chapter’s current state and individual needs on issues related to DE&I.

Worked with experts and the DE&I Committee to further educate our national leaders, local volunteers, members and staff on the issues related to diversity, equity, racial justice, inclusion, implicit bias and privilege.

Created the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair position for each chapter to appoint.

Developed additional educational programming for chapters and local advisors:

- Identity Exploration workshops to help engage undergraduates in conversation about diversity, social identities and privilege.

- CAMPUSPEAK workshops by Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton, a respected campus professional and counselor, to provide foundational diversity, equity and inclusion training to headquarters staff, national volunteers, chapter leaders and local advisors.

- Inclusive Practices online courses through Plaid, LLC for collegiate members alumnae, volunteers and headquarters staff.

- Provided local chapter advisors and collegians with additional online trainings related to risk management and safety based on their role.

Established the Bias Response and Intervention Team (BRIT), a group that supplements a chapter’s standards board to help collegiate chapters address incidences of bias that may occur in the chapter and provide and additional layer of support for our collegiate members.

Implemented Sisterhood Community Conversations to provide alumnae who identify as Black, Sisters of Color, LGBTQ+, and Sisters with Disabilities with affinity spaces to connect. (See Community Conversations below.)

Facilitated a biweekly book club with headquarters staff on Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility and provided online training called, “Seeing the Racial Water” with the author.

Re-evaluated the financial impact of sorority membership on members, including creation of an updated payment plan.

Updated the sorority’s legacy practices giving chapters greater autonomy.

Revised our Ritual to create a greater sense of belonging for our diverse membership while retaining the core tenets envisioned by our founders of a sisterhood based on true friendship.

Established multiple need-based scholarships through the Kappa Delta Foundation.

Enhanced the appointment process for the National Leadership Team for greater inclusivity and to draw a more diverse team to serve Kappa Delta.

Piloted a new chapter elections and slating process.

Updated the Norman Shield to create a more inclusive learning space for our new members.

Identifying an experienced DEI consultant that can support the sorority's DE&I vision development, review and refine volunteer appointment and election processes, reprioritize strategic communication, provide best practices for ongoing improvements and inclusion of all stakeholders.

Continuously work with the Bias Response and Intervention Team (BRIT) to create an inclusive and safe environment for our collegiate members.

Evaluating the current collegiate council structure and proposing adjustments to ensure our structure aligns with the renewed commitment to creating inclusive spaces for all members and investing in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Empowering headquarters staff to participate in “Coffee and Conversations” monthly discussions to engage in meaningful dialogue to celebrate diverse cultures, groups and identities.

Facilitating monthly small group discussions with headquarters staff focused on topics such as identity exploration, power and privilege, inclusive language and practices, implicit bias (including Harvard University’s Project Implicit assessment), intervention strategies and more.

Developing additional resources to support each chapter's appointed DE&I officer and long-term growth.

Continue to revise and update policies, including the Member Handbook.

Assessing and evaluating financial accessibility and equity in Kappa Delta chapters for all members through budgeting adjustments and continued integration of scholarships opportunities.

Scheduling guest speakers Q&A discussion who attend staff meeting on a monthly basis to share his/her/their identity.

Regularly looking at Kappa Delta’s publications and communication channels to ensure they continue to represent members of all races and backgrounds.

Evaluating Emergency Financial Member Status (EFMS) and Inactive Member Status (IMS) member statuses.

Will continue to work to foster a safe place for open and authentic conversations on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Will continue to inspire our members to take action in their communities and speak out.

Join the Conversation. Sisterhood Community Conversations (SCC) provide opportunities for members who share identities and similar experiences to connect. Current groups include Black Sisters, Sisters of Color, LGBTQ+ Sisters and Sisters with Disabilities. By providing members with a dedicated space to network and connect, we hope all sisters can find a space of support and care.

If you are interested in joining the conversation, let us know which SCC is of interest to you! Fill out this form to be connected to a SCC group facilitator.

You can also help ensure your voice is heard and your experience and communities are represented in our communications and social media by sending us story ideas, photos, and general feedback to KDnews@kappadelta.org, as well as responding to calls for stories. To learn more about our SCC groups, click here.

To help reach all areas of the organization, empower sisters and lead by doing, National Council established the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee. Twelve members were appointed by the National Council to serve on Kappa Delta's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee from more than 150 collegiate and alumnae applicants.

The DEI committee works alongside National Council under direction of the national vice president to provide input, develop and implement educational programming initiatives, survey and address areas of membership that impact members' opportunities and experiences.  

Michelle Robinson McNulty, chair of the committee and 2006 initiate of Beta Mu-Bowling Green State, served on Kappa Delta’s National Leadership Team for seven years, most recently as a division director. She has worked in higher education for nearly 10 years and currently holds the position of assistant director of New Student Connections at the University of South Florida where she is pursuing her doctorate. As a 14-year member of Kappa Delta, Michelle brings a valuable perspective to lead these efforts.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee members include:

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Jackie Bruce, Ph.D., a 1994 initiate of Phi Epsilon-Colorado State

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Susan M. Drange, Ph.D., a 1979 initiate of Omega Chi-Cornell

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Carly Griffith Hotvedt, a 2002 initiate of Nu-Oklahoma State

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Kim Lewis, a 2008 initiate of Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky

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Brianna Blackshire Miller, a 2010 initiate of Eta Beta-Bradley

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Samantha Mosby, a 2005 initiate of Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky

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Lindsey White Peterson, a 2005 initiate of Lambda-Northwestern

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Lakeisha Phillips, a 2019 initiate of Eta Epsilon-South/Sewanee

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Alivia Roberts, a 2014 initiate of Delta Omega-Mississippi State

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Natalie Rooney, a 2009 initiate of Epsilon Iota-Missouri

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Grace Tabor, a 2018 initiate of Beta Alpha-Virginia

National President Susan Stockton and National Vice President Emily Ulmer Feinstein serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Read the full press release. 

We are proud of our members, collegians and alumnae, who are taking action to recognize and address institutional, structural, and individual and systemic racism in their communities. For those who are looking for a place to start or want to take additional action, we encourage you to consider these steps:

Reach out. Listen. Seek opportunities to listen, start the conversation and provide a safe space for others to speak about their experiences and perspectives.

- Review The 8 R’s of Talking About Race: How to Have Meaningful Conversations.

- Read Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice, by Michelle R. Nario-Redmond.

- Read Eight Lessons for Talking about Race, Racism and Racial Injustice.

- Review PFLAG’s Guide to Being a Straight Ally.

- Read So you Want to Talk about Race?, by Ijeoma Oluo.

Educate Yourself. Take steps to acknowledge experiences are different and learn about your biases and behaviors that support systemic racism.

- Read White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, or How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.

- Learn more about self-identifying terminology.

- Watch the documentary, 13th (available on Netflix).

- Read Anti-racism resources to support Asian American, Pacific Islander community.

- Practice using People-First Language with the Disability Awareness: People-First Language Activity.

- Watch the PBS documentary series Asian Americans and the YouTube series #AsianAmCovidStories.

- Take the Harvard Implicit Association Test, Project Implicit: Social Attitudes.

- Watch the documentary series, Pride (available on Hulu).

- Learn how to help children learn and take action against racism with this guide from our philanthropic partner Girl Scouts of the USA.

Take Action. Make an impact in your community.

- Participate in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.

- Read Coming Out as a Supporter by the Human Rights Campaign.

- Support businesses owned by members of marginalized communities in your local community.

- Amplify diverse voices through your social media and communication channels.

- Be considerate and practice Disability Etiquette.

- Consider volunteering your time to an organization in need of support.

- Take an active role in your community through joining an organization or advocating for change to local officials.

- Donate to an organization of your choosing that addresses racial injustice.

- Call out or report racism or bias when you see it.

 

Share your thoughts and ideas with National Council.

We encourage you to complete this form or email yourexperience@kappadelta.org to offer your perspective. Please note that all member experiences, comments and suggestions have been documented and will be referenced as we develop the near- and long-term plans.

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