Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion web page provides updates on Kappa Alpha Theta's actions regarding our efforts on inclusion and diversity within our organization.
Kappa Alpha Theta headquarters is staffed by approximately 50 women and men who manage administrative aspects of the Fraternity, Theta Foundation and Fraternity Housing Corporation.
The first salaried position established by Kappa Alpha Theta was that of the editor in 1891. In 1909, the editor and grand secretary positions combined. L. Pearle Green, Grand Secretary from 1909 to 1939 and editor from 1911 to 1949, worked out of her sister's home in Ithaca, New York, and for many years this early home office served as the defacto central office of Kappa Alpha Theta. In 1922, Grand Council allocated funds for a central executive office with a secretary, clerical assistant, office rent, and equipment.
As early as 1974, Grand Council discussed the possibility of the Fraternity having its own building. Discussion centered on Indianapolis as the possible location for such an office. In 1979, a committee and funds were dedicated to the process. In 1982, ground was broken for the new home, and it was dedicated in 1983. Since coming to Indianapolis, there have been two executive directors, Marcia Bond, 1983 to 1997 and Elizabeth Sierk Corridan, 1997-2015. Corridan was named chief executive officer in December 2015. Headquarters expanded into a second building, next door to the 8740 building, in 2015. The CEO, Theta Foundation, and several other departments along with expanded meeting spaces are housed in the building at 3330 Founders Rd.
The Heritage Museum at Theta headquarters reflects sorority and fraternity history in the US and Canada as demonstrated by resources and artifacts from our archives. Visitors’ exploration begins with a timeline that shows how groups like Theta are created within the context of North American history.
Other exhibits illustrate how women’s groups like Theta aided the development of women in higher education and shaped members’ experiences on college campuses.
Examples of clothing from our archives reflect women’s changing experience over the years, while photos and documents show how philanthropic activities by Theta Foundation and individual collegians and alumnae have been a part of the Greek life experience.
The museum is open to the public and Thetas alike on Thursdays by appointment only. At this time, we require that masks be worn and visitors use the available hand-sanitizing stations. Some access may be limited to protect our visitors’ health.
The Heritage Museum is funded by a grant from Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.