Subject: An Open Letter to Our Fraternal Community

The experiences of Black students and other people of color in our society and fraternal community matter. NGLA condemns racism. We recognize it both in recent traumatic events, specifically the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, as well as in the ongoing, systemic oppression faced by Black community members. These experiences are further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately harms our communities of color. Racial discrimination and violence are incongruent with the values of fraternities and sororities. While we are champions of the fraternal experience, we also acknowledge the history of the fraternal movement is rooted in racism and inequity that extends to the present reality of students of color who experience racism even from their own brothers and sisters.
Our mission is to educate leaders from a variety of fraternal experiences to transform and empower their community and align actions with values. Embedded in that charge, we recognize that it is imperative to address racism and inequity among fraternal communities. We are positioned to foster collaboration across the fraternal world to transform the lives of our students and enhance the work that many have committed to doing within their own organizations.
To enact change and exercise allyship as an organization, NGLA commits to working with our partners to develop strategies for addressing racism towards people of color in our organizations, campuses, and communities. We commit to providing relevant educational programming for people of color in fraternal organizations. We also commit to offering education on anti-racism, allyship, and social justice to help our community lead more effectively. During our summer meetings, we will lean into this work to develop action-oriented steps that will guide our planning and activities for the coming year. Thank you to the Rutgers University Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for compiling and sharing resources to support our community.
We are imperfect advocates of this work, and we need to work alongside our fraternal communities to do better by the people who need our support the most.
In solidarity,
The NGLA Board of Directors
NGLA educates leaders from a variety of fraternal experiences to transform and empower their community and align actions with values.
NGLA, Attn: John DiSarro, 500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd, University of Rochester, 14627, Rochester, United States
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