Dear Lafayette Community,
The fraternity and sorority community strives to provide an inclusive environment for our members regardless of race, socioeconomic status, sexuality, class, and other distinctions. We recognize that our members have different intersecting identities including age, ability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status which helps generate a unified community dedicated to enhancing our cultural competency. While many of our members have been doing important work within the system to address the inequities that exist, we also acknowledge that we have a further journey to make the fraternity and sorority system more representative of the Lafayette community as a whole.
Lafayette fraternities and sororities strive to provide a safe community for men and women based on mutual respect and understanding. We are committed to promote an environment of inclusion across race, ethnicity, gender, identity, religion, and sexuality. Diversity and inclusivity are principles that allow all our voices to be represented on an individual, chapter, and communal level.
Moving forward, we will be taking the following actions to help build a more diverse and inclusive Greek system at Lafayette:
IFC and Panhellenic are always open to cosponsorship and increasing our education and awareness of important causes. We are participating in Student Government’s implementation of a school-wide fundraiser to support the families of those who lost their lives and to support those who are fighting for change. IFC and Panhellenic are donating directly to Black Lives Matter NY, Lehigh Valley Bail Fund, and the Homelessness Black Trans Women Fund. We will continue facilitating and seeking co-sponsorship opportunities with POC-run organizations in the future.
We recognize the history of elitism and discrimination that is tied to the Greek Life system and acknowledge how it has perpetuated various forms of oppression. Knowing this, we are diligent in continuing our work to dismantle these principles within our own system and seek to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the Lafayette community. This statement is the beginning of a larger discussion within our community, and we look forward to the work that lies ahead to create these necessary changes. We are an organization that loves feedback that can help us improve our community, so if you have any suggestions or input, please let us know!
Nicholas Davatzes ‘21 Sandra Manfreda ‘21
Interfraternity President Panhellenic President