Tri Delta CEO Karen White, Georgia, is joined by Executive Board Director Jenni Oaks, Baylor, and Tri Delta’s Foundation Chair Stacey Cox, Southern Methodist, to discuss updates to the organization’s policy on consideration of legacies.
This episode explores an important organizational policy change. Tri Delta’s Executive Board has unanimously voted to eliminate collegiate chapter legacy policies, effective July 31, 2021. For many of our sisters this comes as a welcome change, as chapter-level legacy policies have caused a great deal of confusion and have been a barrier to membership for some. And for many of our sisters, we understand that this decision may cause concern and disappointment as these are cherished relationships that we look forward to sharing with our family members.
Tri Delta acknowledges that this is more than just a policy change, but an organizational cultural shift to be more kind alike to all. Jenni Oaks, Stacey Cox and Karen White each share personal connections and stories about the legacies in their lives and how this change allows for a more equitable recruitment experience. They discuss how removing barriers to membership also opens doors to enable more diversity and opportunity in Tri Delta.
Following their conversation, we hear from Ainslee Harrison, collegiate chapter president of Theta Zeta Chapter at the University of Texas. Theta Zeta has recently removed preferential treatment of legacies from their policies and the chapter is leading the way with exciting initiatives on diversity, equity and inclusion on the UT campus.