“To be to others what we would they would be to us… To walk in the way of honor… Striving to esteem the inner man above culture, wealth or pedigree.”

These words from the Creed of Phi Mu provide a guide for noble living and are just as important today as when they were written in 1916.

In 2016, Phi Mu’s National Council created five Ends Policies to set strategic priorities for our organization. The policy focused on diversity, equity and inclusion has become an immediate priority for the Fraternity.

As we continue this important work, this website will be updated with resources for our members and chapters.

Phi Mu’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In 2016, Phi Mu’s National Council created five Ends Policies to set strategic priorities for our organization. The policy focused on diversity, equity and inclusion has become an immediate priority for the Fraternity.

We have hired Dr. Shirley Davis, the President and CEO of SDS Global Enterprises, Inc., as a consultant to help Phi Mu create a strategic plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Davis brings a unique background as a seasoned human resources and diversity and inclusion global thought leader. She has served as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for several major Fortune 100 companies and is the former Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the Society for Human Resources Management.

Sam Hunt, a charter member of our Rho Lambda Chapter at Cleveland State University, has been appointed Chairwoman of Phi Mu’s DEI Working Group. She earned her master’s degree in higher education from Kent State University and works as a Residence Life Area Coordinator at John Carroll University. In addition to her background in higher education and her experience as a collegiate officer and alumna volunteer, Sam is an excellent change agent who is passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

As we continue this important work, this website will be updated with resources and information for our members and chapters.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Working Group

The following women have been selected to serve on Phi Mu’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group. Over the next year, these women will seek feedback from members on experiences of marginalization and microaggression and learn from experts on ways we can make Phi Mu a stronger, more inclusive organization.

The DEI Working Group has identified the following priorities for their upcoming work: History and Education, Policy and Structure, Programming and Member Experience.

Chairwoman:

Sam Hunt, Rho Lambda (Cleveland State University), Alumna

Members:

A’Keydra Alune Abrams, Rho Eta (Grand Valley State University), Alumna

Alexa Valarezo, Delta Theta (Transylvania University), Collegian

Alicia Piotrkowski, Delta Iota (Baldwin Wallace University), Alumna

Amanda Lopez-Martinez, Rho Mu (DePaul University), Alumna

Andrea Martinez, Theta Gamma (Florida International University), Alumna

Annie Giercyk, Phi Kappa (Muhlenberg College), Alumna

Bridgette R Wynn, Theta Gamma (Florida International University), Alumna

Camilla Hill, Gamma Alpha (The College of William and Mary), Alumna

Danielle Hunt, Epsilon Beta (University of Oklahoma), Alumna

Jamie Josephson Gravell, Gamma Delta (American University), Alumna

Jamie Lee Jones, Lambda Beta (Appalachian State University), Alumna

Jasmine G Elder, Rho Lambda (Cleveland State University), Alumna

Karina Mbulo, Psi Delta (Pace University), Collegian

Kyarii Ramarui, Phi Gamma (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Alumna

Maria Plata, Theta Nu (Florida Gulf Coast University), Alumna

Sophie Gordon, Rho Gamma (Ball State University), Alumna

Tracey Lessen Gersten, Delta Nu (Michigan State University), Alumna

Yvanna Harris, Alpha Nu (University of Florida), Alumna

Jessica Sopko, Delta Beta (University of Illinois), Alumna

Daedra Howard, Kappa Eta (Nicholls State University), Alumna

Julia Clark, Gamma Delta (American University), Alumna

Staff Partner:

Diane Humphreys, Theta Kappa (Huntingdon College)

Resources for Members

Social Media Accounts:

This list was curated by Meg Zukin for Variety.

@BreeNewsome – Educational, wise, accessible and resourceful information focused on structural racism and white power structures

@ckyourprivilege – Guided journey that deepens your awareness to how your actions affect the mental health of Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color

@ebonyjanice – Resources, wisdom, memes, skin care tips and must-read book recommendations

@ethelsclub – Online social and wellness club dedicated to celebrating people of color

@equalitylabs – Workshop offerings, surveillance information and ways to help grassroots groups

@MsKellyMHayes – Crucial information for organizers and protestors as well as historical and educational resources

@nowhitesaviors – Ugandan advocacy campaign dedicated to disrupting traditional power structures between the Western world and the African continent

@rachel.cargle – Explores the intersection of race and womanhood, guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world

@r29unbothered – Celebratory and educational and champion Black voices, Black art and Black women

@strongblacklead – Dedicated to publicizing and promoting Black talent and creators

@survivepunish – Organizes to de-criminalize efforts to survive domestic and sexual violence, support and free criminalized survivors and abolish gender violence, policing, prisons and deportations

Websites:

Anti-Racism for Beginners

Anti-Racism Resources – Rachel Ricketts

Anti-Racism Resources – Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein

Black Lives Matter Explained

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

Talking About Race

Books:

This list was curated by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle in 2018 and revised in June 2020. Additional book suggestions can be found here.

  • “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
  • “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
  • “Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower” by Brittney Cooper
  • “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race” by Beverly Daniel Tatumer
  • “An African American and Latinx History of the United States” by Paul Ortiz
  • “The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority” by Ellen D. Wu
  • “Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race” by Debby Irving
  • “This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror” by Moustafa Bayoumi
  • “The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy” by Andrea Flynn, Susan R. Holmberg, Dorian T. Warren, and Felicia J. Wong
  • “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism” by Safiya Umoja Noble

There are also a variety of books available for children. For a list of these resources, you can visit this article in The New York Times and the Embrace Race website.

A Commitment to Do Better

We know that we are just getting started in this important work — it will take time to do well and this process will be gradual and ongoing. It will require honest, difficult conversations regarding parts of our history of which we are not proud. While we must address our past, we are committed to moving forward and continuing to make progress for the benefit of our members.

If you are interested in helping with this work, please fill out this Google form.