As a chapter, our mission is to support both our members and our broader community. Your courageous messages have shown us how we have failed. We are sorry. We recognize our complicity in upholding the racism, classism, and sexism inherent in the Greek system. Over the past months, we have been having thoughtful discussions about the current reality of our organization. We are taking the time to identify the norms, systems, and beliefs that need to be dismantled within our chapter and Stanford Greek Life in order to become a truly inclusive and supportive community. We realize that at this point, these are merely words. We have posted our plan of action on our website and we welcome your suggestions as we move forward with this work.
Stanford Pi Beta Phi
We have created an anonymous feedback form where members of the Stanford community can provide suggestions regarding the following plan of action.
- We have conducted an anonymous internal survey to gather data about the reality of our chapter’s demographic makeup. Categories of inquiry in this survey included racial identity, sexual orientation, religious background, U.S. citizenship, family income level, and Pi Phi legacy status.
- We are restructuring our budget for the upcoming academic year and are in the process of continually lowering financial barriers to Pi Phi membership in the future.
- We will establish an anonymous reporting system through an expanded Member Conduct Committee, whereby members of our community may report acts of discrimination. We will rework our standards board to respond to acts of bigotry in our chapter.
- The chapter leadership team will prioritize discussions about accountability, implicit biases, and antiracism. We will encourage Pi Beta Phi HQ to implement mandatory diversity and inclusion programming for both active and incoming members of Pi Phi.
- Antiracist ideals should be at the forefront of our membership recruitment process. We are restructuring our approach to recruitment and will strive to be as transparent as possible about this process with Potential New Members.
- We will continue to work with Stanford ISC to create positive and uplifting spaces for all femme-identifying students, dismantle chapter stereotypes, and identify collective goals. We hope to foster meaningful collaboration between all Greek chapters with the broader Stanford community in these efforts.
- We acknowledge the concerns about National Panhellenic Council sororities. We are actively engaged in discussions about the continued existence of our chapter as well as the future of our affiliation with Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.