diversity equity and inclusion

The DEI 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.


 

Our Timeline

  • July 12, 2022 – Committee Applications Launched
  • July 24, 2022– Applications Due
  • Early August – DEI Committee Appointed
  • September 1, 2022 – Kick-off Meeting Hosted
 

Competencies of a Successful DEI Committee Member

These are the competencies that a successful DEI Committee member possesses and actively practices:

  • 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.

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Meet the Committee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Learn more about service on this committee

DEI Committee Informational Session
Sunday, July 10, 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.

The session, hosted on Zoom, is hosted by Cassidy Nulty, Past National Vice President, and Kendall Tallmadge Tryhane and Ashley Colwell, past co-chairs of the DEI Committee. 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