Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
My name is Moakeah Rivera and I am the current VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer for the Alpha Chi Omega Epsilon chapter. At Alpha Chi Omega, we acknowledge that our organization was founded upon racial and socioeconomic exclusivity. We recognize that we have not done enough to create a more inclusive environment for BIPOC members. I came into this position with an array of ideas focusing on mutual aid, and empathy. Beginning with our Alpha Chi Tabletalks, our chapter focuses on deconstructing stereotypes and microaggressions. We hold these tabletalks inspired by Willow and Jada Smith, once every month by replacing a chapter. As a first generation Native American Chicana woman, I often felt uncomfortable and underrepresented in Greek life. From our progression, our sisterhood has grown to become 50% BIPOC women! I want to thank you for all of the insightful feedback we have received in the past few months. It has truly grown our sisterhood for the better.
The Epsilon executive board and I have come together to create two working documents outlining the areas of our chapter that we wish to improve. Though these documents are similar, they have some differences. The external action plan outlines our plans more generally, and is easily understood for those of you who are unfamiliar with the language and workings of our chapter. Our internal action plan outlines specifically how each aspect of our chapter will change to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. I hope in including both documents we will create transparency within and outside our chapter. We also plan to review and update these plans if necessary in order to keep our chapter an inclusive space.
The Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega and I welcome all feedback to improve upon or expand our action items in either document. Although this is our first step, it is an important step to creating greater change within the Epsilon chapter at the University of Southern California.
External Action Plan
Internal Action Plan