Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative Update

Alpha Sigma Tau’s next steps of ensuring a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Sisterhood are underway.

On August 11, 2020, the National Council appointed the next iteration of the Sorority Advisory Committee. Comprised of collegians, alumnae, and friends of Alpha Sigma Tau, the Committee’s charge is to:

  • Understand the experiences and needs of our Sisters who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Identify opportunities for growth in educating members on cultural bias, intersectionality, underrepresented communities, inclusion, and equity
  • Research experts in diversity, inclusion, equity, and access to engage with Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Identify ways to recognize chapters and Sisters contributing their share to the progress of mankind
  • Conduct research on AΣT’s racial history

The Sorority Advisory Committee:

  1. Lauren Bolden (Alpha Phi 2009/West Chester) – Co-Chair
  2. Kate Wehby (Gamma Xi 2009/Grand Valley) – Co-Chair
  3. Melissa Chavez (Epsilon Omicron 2013/Southern Indiana)
  4. Francie Grasso (Epsilon Sigma 2019/Bridgewater)
  5. Brenae Leary (Delta Phi 2006/NYU)
  6. Julia Mann (Beta Mu 2017/Salisbury)
  7. Jabaubi Nash (Gamma Gamma 2019/UWA)
  8. Nina Quist (Epsilon Phi 2016/Winona)
  9. Savannah Summerlin (Delta Phi 2016/NYU)
  10. Tsai-Ann Yawching (Gamma Tau 2013/Lebanon Valley)
  11. Addie Beckham (Beta Rho 2017/Arkansas Tech), National Council – Vice President, Ex-officio
  12. Cassidy Nulty (Alpha Psi 2016/Northern Iowa), National Council – Vice President, Ex-officio
  13. Angie Bong, Headquarters Staff – Associate Executive Director of Member Services
  14. Erin Snyder, Headquarters Staff – Chapter Services Coordinator

As of August 26, 2020, the Sorority Advisory Committee has met once to set expectations and group norms and determine their plan of action. 

Collaboration with Dr. Henry

In addition, Alpha Sigma Tau is pleased to share that Dr. Grace E. Henry will work with the National Council on strategic initiatives related to diversity and inclusion and with the Sorority Advisory Committee as it completes its charge. 

Dr. 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.

Dr. Henry has been an active participant in diversity activities in her time at GW, most recently as a member of the President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion’s Research and Evaluation workgroup. Dr. Henry now serves as the Lead Process Manager of the GW Anti-Racism Coalition, an initiative that seeks to develop an antiracist academic community within and across the GW four-organization medical enterprise. Dr. Henry was appointed as the inaugural Director of Diversity and Inclusion in September 2013.

An accomplished author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur, Dr. Henry is a fierce advocate for ‘Living Relentlessly.’ 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. 

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

Alpha Sigma Tau is grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Henry on this important work.