Statement On Recent Acts of Racism and Injustice
Friday, May 29, 2020
Posted by: Andrea Starks-Corbin
The Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) strongly condemns the acts of racism, injustice, and brutality displayed over the past month. These acts are unacceptable, reprehensible, and intolerable. We stand in solidarity with our black and African American members and those affected in the communities they support. We see you, we hear you, and we honor your pain.
This impacts our membership on so many levels – as humans, as professionals, and as educators. While there are no words to adequately express our feelings about these senseless acts, we know there is much we can do. Thus, AFA is committed to continuing to address inequities within our own association and profession.
A few months ago the association embarked on its first-ever diversity, equity, and inclusion climate study. As we approach the completion of that work with our consultant we look forward to sharing a report with the membership. We expect there will be action items, and we will mobilize the resources needed to implement the recommendations of that report with the goal of creating a more affirming, inclusive, and equitable association for our members.
Additionally, we have spent the past two years implementing AFA Core Competencies to enhance members’ abilities to help their campuses and organizations to create safe, welcoming, and just fraternity/sorority communities for students and members of color. Even with these efforts, we recognize there is much more work to be done, particularly in ensuring members who have experienced harm and marginalization in our association feel they can be professionally enriched and personally nourished. We will continue to offer programs to help our members recognize and challenge racism, which threatens our profession and the broader community.
AFA will continue the necessary work of examining its policies, practices, and programs to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members. We commit to organizational development in this area and to providing tools to our members to help move outrage into action.
The AFA Board of Directors
Wendi Kinney, AFA President | Anne Emmerth, AFA Treasurer | Dr. Joshua Schutts, AFA Secretary | Brandon Cutler | Tara Fuller | Chris Graham | Jessi Sheridan