To Delta Gamma’s Executive Offices
I spent all four of my undergraduate years at The College of William & Mary as a Delta Gamma, including three semesters living in the sorority house and a year as the Vice President of Finance for my chapter. As an active member who invested countless hours of time and energy into the Epsilon Mu chapter throughout my college years, and now as an alumna who still cares and is concerned about the future of my sorority, I am dismayed and disheartened to see Delta Gamma’s Executive Offices turning its back on the thousands of women who call themselves members through its support of the Safe Campus Act.
We are taught early on and often that Delta Gamma’s motto is “Do Good,” but it seems to me nothing in the Safe Campus Act will do any good. Almost 30 groups who work on behalf of rape victims have refused to endorse this bill because of harmful provisions such as requiring sexual assault victims to report the crime to the police before the school could take action. This could easily discourage victims from coming forward, and continue to keep rape and other sexual violence drastically under reported.
As a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, Delta Gamma has likely helped monetarily fund over $200,000 that has gone to lobbyists who are pushing for support of this bill on Capitol Hill. This is occurring even though Senators Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand have introduced a far better bill, that has not received the support of the National Panhellenic Conference.
As much as I loved being a member of Delta Gamma and be a supportive alumnae, it has become clear knowing that Delta Gamma continues to support such a harmful and detrimental bill that I can no longer continue with my own support of this sorority. Until Delta Gamma, like Alpha Phi, renounces any support, financial or otherwise, for the Safe Campus Act, I will refuse to :
- Pay Alumnae Dues
- Participate in any alumnae activities
- Fill out sponsorship forms for new members
- Encourage young women to join Delta Gamma
I don’t make this decision lightly, but it seems that Delta Gamma’s position on this issue is one I can not ignore. Sororities have a unique and important responsibility to protect their members, and Delta Gamma has failed to uphold this responsibility.
If you’d like to join me, as a Delta Gamma Alumna, in refusing to support Delta Gamma until they no longer endorse the Safe Campus Act, please feel free to contact me and I can add your name to the bottom of this post.
Hannah Basile, Epsilon Mu ‘14
Frances Armstrong, Epsilon Mu ‘11
Amanda Morrow, Epsilon Mu ‘14
Melissa Reynolds, Epsilon Mu ‘13
Sam Roth, Epsilon Mu ‘13
Caroline Wood, Epsilon Mu ‘12