Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

The members at Kappa Eta Phi (KEP), a globally minded business fraternity holds one of our core ideals to be diversity. This definition of diversity extends to equity and inclusion for all members of our fraternity and beyond. As a globally minded fraternity, we recognize the importance of diverse minds and respect each others’ differences, as each individual brings great value to the table.  We will not tolerate any acts of racism or discrimination from any of our members, whether it be to each other or to those outside of our organization. If any member is found to be acting in a way that is demeaning to others based on their race, ethnicity, identity, or any other factors, they will be dealt with accordingly case by case. If proven to be a racist or discriminatory act, we suggest the removal of KEP membership if these acts continue by said individual.  
The following lists some of the standards we hold our members to in order to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.  

 

Standards:

  1. Members will not tolerate any remarks that are demeaning or discriminatory to others based on their race, ethnicity, or identity.

  2. Members will not tolerate implicit racist actions or purposeful microaggressions of any member.

  3. Members will not tolerate discriminatory or racist behavior to others outside of the organization.

  4. Members will not contribute to creating a hostile environment for others.

  5. Members will work to educate and not belittle others if having witnessed a discriminatory or racist act.

  6. During our recruiting practices, events, policies, and meetings, we will be respectful of one another and will set forth an example of unity and allyship.

  7. Members will work to foster a culture of acceptance and awareness for all persons.

Disciplinary Actions:

  1. If a member is seen being discriminatory or racist to others, the member will come before the board for discipline. We will determine the cause and reasoning for their actions.

  2. Our first step is to hear the member out and educate them and make them aware of the harm behind their actions. 

    1. If the member’s reasoning/action is deemed to be excessively outrageous, we will vote as a board on immediate removal of the member from the organization or to be placed on probation.

    2. If after giving the member an opportunity to educate themselves and they choose not to utilize that opportunity, they will either be removed from the organization or placed on probation.

Our goal is not to exclude those who have done or said something inappropriate. Instead we are here to educate others on the sensitivities of different groups of people and their culture and identities. If an individual is not willing to participate in this educational process to realize the potential harm and damage behind their actions and words, KEP reserves the right to remove said individual from the organization. If any member is seen to be engaging in hurtful or threatening actions towards another individual, we request that it be reported to the president and/or any of the executive board members. 
We hold all of our members to a high degree of professionalism which includes promoting the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By signing below, you are agreeing to the above expectations and those outlined in the joint fraternities' DEI statement and beyond, whether as a pledge or official member.

 

Last Updated: September 2020

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