The Augusta Fraternity and Sorority Life community (Interfraternity council, Panhellenic Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council) stands with those within BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) community. The time for change has been here for far too long, and we must rise to the occasion to be the voice that leads to a positive impact. In Fraternity and Sorority life we lead by our values; brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership, scholarship, and service. Now, more then ever, we must follow these values with action.
Our Council Presidents have put together an action plan, along with the help of our Assistant Director, Kerry McCarthy, that focuses on: Learning the History, Standard of Excellence, Collaboration, Membership Development, and Greek Ambassadors. We stand together united, and know that no matter our council or letters, We Are All Greek.
“As a Panhellenic woman and a student at Augusta University I’ve seen how important diversity and inclusion is, but I’ve also seen how easily it is to forget about diversity and inclusion. The time is up for “forgetting” about diversity and inclusion. It’s now important more than ever to have these conversations, no matter how hard or uncomfortable it may be for some people. This is affecting people on our campus and our members in our organizations. We’ve all taken a vow to be there for our brothers and sister, now it’s time to practice what we preach. I’ve been taught that you treat others the way you want to be treated. What I’ve seen in the past couple of months is not how I would want to be treated and not in any way how I would want to see one of my classmates or sisters treated. It’s important for us to take a stand now because we’ve been referred to as “the generation to make a change” and I think it’s time we start living up to that.”
Paige Mays, National Panhellenic Conference President
“I believe that this is an awesome way to shine light on the things that are happening in the world today . This is also a way for all of us to bond and learn more about each other. I believe that our voice have strong power behind it, so the more we unite in peace the better change we can create on campus. This overall plan is to help bring clarity and awareness to all Greek life on campus.”
KJ O’Neal, President of Tau Phi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and NPHC President.
“Being Greek is more than just letters and colors; it's the assertion of a creed built upon pillars of scholarship, community enrichment, and friendship. Though we vary from organization to organization, we all share the same goals and dreams, and because of that our roads are all connected, revealing that we are much more similar than not. We stand strong with all of our brothers and sisters with open hands and open hearts. We pick those up that fall and stand tall for those who can't. Without our unity we cannot succeed, for it is the strength of our community that we can continue our duties to the pillars we all vowed to uphold. Because we are all Greek, and we are all Human."
Hagen Owens, Interfraternity Council President