The lessons this history teaches are that houses are imperfect and divided, and do change. I hope that you and the Stanford community–including the active SAE brethren–will take these to heart.
I am the student who was subjected to “intimidating and retaliatory conduct” based on a “false belief that [I] had reported Title IX concerns” whose experience was cited by the University in its recent decision regarding SAE. My story is a story of sexual harassment and retaliation against a Title IX witness. And unfortunately, it is a story shared by many people on this campus and beyond.
If we want to make serious changes to the composition of our Greek organizations, it will require more than empty statements of encouragement and occasional critiques of the rush process. In order for minorities to want to be apart of Greek organizations, we must make them welcome, which may require a drastic alteration of Greek practices.
On Wednesday Stanford’s campus was filled with all varieties of denim from skinny jeans to decorated vests. However, the event was more than just a fashion statement; it was an international social protest in solitude with victims of sexual violence.
An ISC sorority has great potential for those who find acceptance and love within the organization. Especially with its feminist notions. But as I navigate the world has a Black feminist, an ISC organization was not for me. These organization can be home for many, or alienating for some, although the people may not intentionally try to be.
Low-income women, and even middle-class women, might be hanging by their fingers to the mainstream Greek community. I hope the mainstream Greek community has the courage to be honest with itself about the disconnect it has with Stanford’s ever more inclusive goals.
Something needs to be done to correct the harmful gender relations ongoing in Greek organizations. The very fact that Greek life, by definition, is based on a system of segregation of the sexes creates an us-them mentality that allows for sexual objectification, violence, and acceptance of set gendered roles. As a result, a dismantling or, at least, integration of the Greek system may be necessary to overcome the problems in gender relations.
In the wake of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s losing an appeal of the University’s decision to revoke its housing, The Daily took a look at the recent history of fraternity evictions.