Leadership Structure Changes to Build DEI Capacity
Since June 2020, Pi Beta Phi has made diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) a strategic priority through several initiatives across specialty areas. Through this work, it has become evident that the Fraternity must increase capacity within the leadership structure in order to align the Pi Beta Phi experience with our Commitment to DEI. Exploring how to build capacity for DEI work began with the implementation of a piloted Director Diversity/Inclusion in Fall 2020 and has evolved as future strategic work has become clear. As a result, Grand Council has put forth legislative proposals to incorporate DEI-focused roles into our chapter and volunteer officer structures.
At the 2021 Convention, delegates voted to pass legislation which requires all chapters to elect two new chapter officers: a Vice President Inclusion and a Director Community Inclusion. The new officers will be supported by an additional member of the Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC). Additionally, the responsibilities of the Grand Vice President Community Relations have been revised, and the role has been renamed Grand Vice President Inclusion/Community Relations. This Grand Council member will oversee the Fraternity’s existing Community Relations team as well as the new Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and nine new Specialists serving on Regional Teams, titled Inclusion Specialists.
Position descriptions are linked below. The Pi Beta Phi organizational structure may be viewed here.
- Grand Vice President Inclusion/Community Relations
- Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Inclusion Specialist
- AAC Inclusion Advisor
- Vice President Inclusion
- Director Community Inclusion
Below are answers to questions you may have about these proposed legislative changes.