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.
To date, more than 300 members have self-identified that they would like to be part of this process moving forward and we will work to find ways to engage these women in a meaningful manner. One immediate next step was to create a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group, comprised of alumnae and collegiate volunteers. While the Working Group is an ongoing commitment, the DEI work is not confined to the working group. There are plenty of immediate needs and opportunities to be involved, at various capacities and time commitments. If you are interested in helping with this important work, please fill out this Google form.
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.
Sam Hunt, Rho Lambda (Cleveland State University), Alumna
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
Diane Humphreys, Theta Kappa (Huntingdon College)
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
This list was curated by Sadie Trombetta for Bustle in 2018 and revised in June 2020. Additional book suggestions can be found here.
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.