In August 2019, the Fraternity formally prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion as a key aspect of its strategic plan to help achieve the plan’s three long-term goals: lifelong, loyal members, a sustainable organization and broad resources to ensure our sisterhood. Tactical work outlined in early Fall 2019 included a critical look at gaps in inclusion practices, exploration of existing programs to ensure opportunities were inclusive to diverse experiences, examination of recruitment practices supporting a more diverse membership, and review of financial practices to increase accessibility for today’s college student, among other efforts.
Civic unrest across the United States in the summer of 2020 spurred by the tragic murders of people of color, led many companies and organizations – including every National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) organization as well as the National Panhellenic Conference itself – to make statements regarding the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. The fraternity and sorority landscape has seen major shifts in institutions acknowledging and correcting longstanding issues with diversity and inclusion. Pi Beta Phi heard from thousands of members who implored the Fraternity to use its position and voice to speak against racism. More than 4,000 Pi Beta Phi members (representing a range of Pi Beta Phi chapters across seven decades) demanded action through a single petition alone, and another 2,000 issued comments directly to the Fraternity. The Fraternity issued a statement and action items
on June 5, 2020, which leadership felt aligned with the vision of Pi Beta Phi. Since then, several initiatives have helped to demonstrate the elevated priority given to diversity, equity and inclusion within Pi Beta Phi.