Serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The DEI Committee focuses on high-level tasks in the DEI space, collaborates with the National Council to execute the strategic direction of the organization, and offers expertise in the DEI space to support implementation.
The DEI Committee is a result of the work of the most recent Sorority Advisory Committee, a think-tank and research body. The most recent iteration of the Sorority Advisory Committee was focused on the research of BIPOC members’ experiences and examination of the Sorority’s opportunities for growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The DEI Committee is focused on implementation.
Meet the Committee
A founding member of her chapter, Melissa Chavez (Epsilon Omicron 2013/Southern Indiana) spent much of her time as an undergraduate helping her majority-Caucasian university address diversity.
Ashley Colwell (Alpha Epsilon 2003/Western Illinois) graduated from Western Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and Benedictine University with a master’s in organizational behavior.
Providence, Rhode Island resident Kelly Gately (Epsilon Sigma 2017/Bridgewater State) earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education biology in 2019 and works as a sixth-grade science and social studies teacher. She is also working towards her M.Ed. at UMass Amherst.
Dr. Grace Henry, Committee Consultant
Dr. Grace Henry, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has worked for The George Washington University (GW) for more than 20 years in the areas of student activities, freshman orientation, student leadership, residential life, and multicultural services.
A founding member of her collegiate chapter, Cassidy Nulty (Alpha Psi 2016/Northern Iowa) was originally elected to the National Council to serve as the National Vice President (Collegian). In 2020, she was re-elected to the National Council to serve in the role as an alumna member.
In 2019, Kristi Olson (Epsilon Xi 2018/Gustavus) graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with degrees in geography and peace justice and conflict studies.
A Troy, Illinois, native, Hannah Sheahan (Beta Eta 2020/SIUE) is a sophomore studying accounting. She joined Alpha Sigma Tau in 2020 and is involved with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within her chapter.
Kendall Tallmadge (Delta Nu 2006/Beloit) is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College in 2009. During her collegiate years, she held various positions for her local chapter including Recruitment Director, Collegiate Alumnae Liaison, and Fundraising Chair.
Tiffany Vasconcellos (Delta Phi 2012/NYU) earned her B.A. in Psychology and continued her studies at NYU, earning an M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness and an Advanced Certificate in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services.
A 2020 graduate, Alissa Wade (Alpha Psi 2016/Northern Iowa) moved to Des Moines, Iowa, for a professional position at Dentons Davis Brown PC, an international law firm. Alissa also serves on their DEI Committee.
Not pictured: Jasmine Gonzalez (Epsilon Eta 2019/Incarnate Word)
- July 21, 2021 – Committee Applications Launched
- July 27, 2021 – Information Session Hosted
- August 6, 2021– Applications Due
- August 17, 2021 – DEI Committee Appointed
- September 1, 2021 – Kick-off Meeting Hosted
Learn more about service on this committee
DEI Committee Informational Webinar
Tuesday, July 27, at 8 p.m. ET
Any member considering applying to volunteer on the DEI Committee is strongly encouraged to attend this informational webinar. You’ll gain insight into the committee’s responsibilities, the scope of work, and the timeline. You’ll also learn more about the qualities and competencies of a successful candidate.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
DEI Committee Charge Description
The charge of the DEI committee will focus on programming, trends, and initiatives, and AΣΤ operational items:
1. Recommend programming and resources and support integration of DEI practices into the organization:
- Support Headquarters Staff in identifying and vetting DEI programs and training opportunities. When applicable, serve as facilitators in the vetting and early implementation of programs and training.
- Review and make recommendations for integrating DEI concepts into existing resources and programming
- Identify, vet and recommend resources for the DEI Resource Library, programs, and speakers/educators
- Assist in identifying gaps and opportunities for additional DEI resources and programming
- Identify areas, programs, and roles across Alpha Sigma Tau to incorporate DEI, ensuring the work is horizontally and vertically integrated and permeates the organization.
2. Advise the National Council with respect to trends and initiatives in the DEI space:
- Make recommendations for common language/terminology in AΣΤ (i.e. “DEI” vs “IDE” vs “DEI + Access, Belonging, etc.”; Definition of “cultural competence”)
- Make recommendations for more inclusive policies, practices, and procedures
- Make recommendations for future areas of study/emphasis
- Track and analyze DEI efforts in Higher Education
3. Complete AΣΤ chapter operational items:
- Define and develop best practices for collegiate chapter distribution of DEI responsibility.
- Partner with the National Headquarters Staff to collect and analyze demographic information to better understand the makeup of chapters and the organization overall
Competencies of a Successful DEI Committee Member
These are the competencies that a successful DEI Committee member possesses and actively practices:
Expand for list of DEI Committee competencies
Inclusion is defined as valuing and actively promoting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of Alpha Sigma Tau.
Objective is defined as being aware of personal bias, how bias may impact perspective, and the ability to represent fact without the influence of independent opinion.
Analytical is defined as having the ability to use details when examining research and using methodical reasoning to create an evident truth of meaning.
Curiosity is defined as having the desire to gain new knowledge and being inquisitive about how ideas evolve and are related to the mission and goals.
Intrapersonal is defined as treating others with graciousness and respect, actively listening, and considering and responding appropriately to the needs and feelings of committee members at all times.
Resourceful is defined as having the ability to find efficient ways to overcome difficulties and having a sense of independence in order to see a task through to completion.
Ambitious is defined as having a desire to achieve a particular goal and having pride in your work and accomplishments.
Application deadline is August 6, 2021.