The Coronavirus Update web page offers answers to some frequently asked questions, and chapter advisors, district officers, and Theta staff are also resources for you.
Kappa Alpha Theta is committed to fighting racism, discrimination, and inequity—both within our sisterhood and within our world. This page will provide updates on Kappa Alpha Theta's actions regarding our efforts on inclusion and diversity within our organization. Please check back often to learn more about what steps we are taking.
Kappa Alpha Theta welcomes as members, in accordance with the laws of the Fraternity, college women, without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or other characteristics protected by applicable law. As some of the earliest women to attend college, Kappa Alpha Theta’s founders fought for inclusion in a frequently hostile educational and social environment. Our mission is to offer women lifelong opportunities for intellectual, and personal growth. Those who identify as women are eligible for membership in Kappa Alpha Theta.
Effective immediately, Kappa Alpha Theta has eliminated all preferential treatment given to legacies during the recruitment process. This means that there will no longer be an automatic invitation following the first round of recruitment or an automatic placement on the chapter’s bid list.
We acknowledge that many women are not legacies because their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers simply did not have the same access to higher education or the means to join Kappa Alpha Theta. By eliminating preferential treatment for legacies, Theta ensures that potential new members are not receiving additional credit for things beyond their control, such as hometown, race, family connections, etc.
Thank you to everyone who has written us or joined one of our townhall sessions to share their experiences and ideas for change.
The following changes are being implemented immediately.
Resources for scholarship, recruitment, social media and member development committee guidance may be found in your chapter portal.
Theta is hosting three town hall sessions for members with underrepresented identities to join staff and Grand Council members to share their membership experiences. Please click on the links to register.
Session 1: Wednesday, July 1 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Session 2: Thursday, July 2 at 5:00 pm Eastern
Session 3: Tuesday, July 7 at 2:00 pm Eastern
We are scheduling virtual listening sessions to help us build a more collective community for our sisters who are underrepresented or misrepresented in society because of the color of their skin, their culture, their gender identity, or their sexual orientation. More information about dates, times, and signing up will be announced soon.
Theta staff created a new Story Highlight on Theta’s Instagram page to share details about our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and provide regular progress updates.
Theta launched a social media initiative based on the Telling Your Theta Story campaign to amplify the experiences and perspectives of Black Thetas.
An email was sent to all members on Thursday, June 18, informing members that Kappa Alpha Theta denounces and condemns any form of racism on individual, societal, and systemic levels. The letter included steps that Theta is taking to support existing and future diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, notably as part of our new Plan of Aspirations, and what members can do to educate themselves and share their own personal stories. Read the letter.
Theta’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workgroup met on Wednesday, June 10. The workgroup is made up of educators and researchers whose work centers on diversity and inclusion. Over the past year, the group has been engaging in the first phase of an organization-wide audit to fully evaluate Kappa Alpha Theta’s structure, policies, practices and programs. The feedback collected in this first phase will include additional opportunities this month for all members. While the group is interested in feedback from all members, it will be centering on the stories, experiences, and change recommendations from Black members and members with marginalized identities. The second phase of this audit will include external reviewers who specialize in conducting DEI audits; the DEI workgroup is working to identify this team. Findings will be made available to the greater Kappa Alpha Theta community.
A followup statement was presented on Theta’s social media channels this past week that included actions being taken to denounce racism and to create a more inclusive membership. This statement also included that at the July Grand Council meeting, the creation of a diversity, equity and inclusion executive-level office will be discussed.
Stories from members have also been collected and shared on the Theta website and Theta’s social media channels.
Our new Plan of Aspirations includes diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts as a core component, and Theta has supported an inclusion workgroup since 2013. But these efforts simply must advance with more urgency, and we have heard your calls for Theta to do better and make real changes. Here is an update on what you can expect moving forward.
Here are resources that we’ve found helpful. They are very comprehensive with articles, books, films, podcasts, and more. Please review and share with your members.