Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

listening sessions

listening sessionsSisters: You’re invited to participate in a virtual listening session with the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Task Force to help us gather information to assess the future of DEIA in Theta Phi Alpha. Listening sessions are designed for you to share your experiences, and express your thoughts and ideas as they relate to DEIA with volunteers of the task force. The Task Force will use the information gathered during the sessions to inform a report for the Grand Council. 

In order to participate in one of the virtual sessions listed below, please register through EventBrite. Please note that you should sign up for one virtual session only. Please choose the virtual session that works best for you and is applicable to your status.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30,  8:30 - 9:45 p.m. (EDT) - open to all alumnae members only

  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. (EDT) - open to all collegiate members only

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 8:30 - 9:45 p.m. (EDT) - open to all sisters

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 8:30 - 9:45 p.m. (EDT) - open to all sisters who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) only

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 8:30 - 9:45 p.m. (EDT) - Session is for past and current Grand Council members, Foundation Directors, National Philanthropy officers, Board of Trustees members, and National Officers

What should you expect?

After signing up for a virtual listening session, you will receive an email confirmation with the questions that will be asked during the session and the Zoom information. We hope you will think about the questions before you join us for the call. 

Once you log into the Zoom session on your registered date, the DEIA Task Force will present information about the listening session via a PowerPoint presentation. Once the presentation is complete, sisters will divide into breakout sessions that will include 2 - 3 task force members and 8 - 15 sisters. Task force members will read each question, share the questions in chat and keep time for each sister as they speak. 

For equity purposes, sisters will be given a total of three minutes to share during their breakout session. Sisters can continue the conversation in the chat or, post the session, via email. Task force members will take notes during the session and ask clarifying questions (which will not count towards each speaker’s three minutes). Please note that your name and/or other identifying information will not be shared with the Grand Council or National Office following the listening session. If you have more to share after the session, we encourage you to email the task force

The work of the DEIA Task Force is in response to the recent social justice movements, and to better understand the reasons why a sister would no longer want to stay connected/engaged with Theta Phi (note, the I, inclusion, and A, access, in DEIA). We highly encourage you to forward this email, post in sister Facebook groups, send a group chat, or anything else to spread the word about this effort particularly with any sister who has been less involved over the years.

Questions? Reach out to the co-chairs of the DEIA Task Force at [email protected].

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