National Council Update – June/July 2020

May 14, 2020
The National Council finalized plans for Standing Committee Evaluations.

The National Council finalized plans for Convention Town Halls.

The National Council appointed a Ritual Task Force to develop recommendations for conducting Ritual amidst social-distancing guidelines and scenarios for virtual Ritual.

May 26, 2020
The National Council adopted the 2020-2021 Operating Budget.

The National Council approved the final evaluation for the 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders program.

May 31, 2020
The National Council convened a special meeting to discuss national events and their impact on Alpha Sigma Tau.

June 3, 2020
The National Council received updates on the Ritual Task Force work.

The National Council discussed details of how the Convention will be conducted virtually.

June 11, 2020
The National Council adopted the Convention Standing Rules.

The National Council adopted a revision to the Standing Rules to accommodate changes for a virtual Convention.

The National Council adopted revisions to the Badge Attire Policy.

The National Council provided direction to the CEO related to supporting collegiate chapters through responses related to the current climate in the country.

The National Council received an update from the Sorority Advisory Committee.

June 28, 2020
The National Council briefly met the day following their election to conduct some administrative business.

Jamie Jones Miller (Psi 1995/James Madison), National President, outlined goals and expectations for the National Council.

The National Council discussed group expectations and shared resources in advance of the planned August National Council Orientation.

In accordance with the Bylaws, a National Vice President was selected to serve in the temporary absence of the National President.

The National Council discussed the direction of the organization as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

July 8, 2020
The National Council adopted the charge for the next iteration of the Sorority Advisory Committee related to work on enhancing Alpha Sigma Tau’s diversity, equity, and inclusion knowledge, awareness, and actions. 

The National Council appointed a Minutes Approval Committee. 

The National Council adopted their Meeting and Operating Norms.

The National Council revised National Council Competencies, and added to all Standing Committee, Volunteer, and Staff Competencies the competency of “Inclusive.” 

Inclusive Definition: Values and actively promotes diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and belonging in all aspects of Alpha Sigma Tau. 

Demonstrated by: 

  • Has an anti-racist mindset: does not tolerate racism in any form 
  • Prioritizes diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in their work 
  • Acknowledges that all humans have an unconscious bias and actively works to reduce personal and group bias 
  • Strives to create a culture of belonging 
  • Seeks out underrepresented perspectives when gathering input 
  • Engages in learning opportunities to broaden perspectives 

The National Council provided direction to the CEO to launch a call for National Service Partners that focus service of Women’s Wellness to underrepresented populations, including women of color.

July 21, 2020
The National Council invited the National Foundation Board to join them in a discussion with Dr. Grace Henry. Dr. Grace Henry facilitated discussion with the National Council and guests regarding increasing cultural competence and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. Grace E. Henry has worked for The George Washington University for more than 20 years in the areas of student activities, freshman orientation, student leadership, residential life, and multicultural services.

She holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Howard University and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from The George Washington University.

Dr. Henry has been an active participant in diversity activities in her time here at the institution, most recently as a member of the President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion’s Research and Evaluation workgroup. Dr. Henry was appointed as director of Diversity and Inclusion in September 2013.

Of note, Dr. Henry’s dissertation addressed the African American male student experience in Black Greek Letter Organizations at selected predominantly White institutions.

The National Council accepted the report of the Ritual Task Force.