In the months leading up to my arrival at Stanford, I began asking questions about the nature of Greek life on campus, attempting to ascertain whether this should be a part of my Stanford experience.
At least some members of a working group on financial aid to Greek life fees has been announced.
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.
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.
If Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Inter-Sorority Council are committed to making the ISC sororities more socioeconomically inclusive in general, minimizing recruitment costs is the best solution. I can tell you from experience that it will take more than one person to accomplish this, and will definitely require compassionate and unyielding allyship.
In a letter to the Presidents of the Inter-Fraternity Council and Inter-Sorority Council, Provost John Etchemendy outlined a new policy regulating housed fraternal organizations on campus, stating that an organization will lose its eligibility for on-campus housing if there is one major violation or three minor violations of University policy or law during any one school year.
Approximately 38 percent of freshman girls took part in this year’s sorority recruitment process, according to University administrators. Of the 332 women who registered, 234 received bids and 65 withdrew.