Pi Beta Phi Chapter at Washington University Closes

With great disappointment, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women announces the closure of its Missouri Beta Chapter at Washington University, effective October 4, 2020, following a vote of collegiate chapter members affirming the chapter’s desire to disband. The vote came after a series of discussions related to chapter members’ passion towards equity, accessibility and inclusion within Pi Beta Phi and the larger fraternity/sorority community. Despite the Fraternity’s best efforts, continued operations could not be sustained on this campus.

“The decision of Missouri Beta collegiate members to close the chapter is met with great sadness by Grand Council,” Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf said. “Walking away from Pi Beta Phi membership means diminishing the collaborative coalition of women who have, for decades, made change together. The Fraternity will continue to work towards many of the same goals as the Missouri Beta collegians: a more diverse, inclusive and equitable membership experience.”

The Missouri Beta Chapter was founded in 1907, and more than 2,500 women have been initiated into Pi Beta Phi through the chapter.

Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit pibetaphi.org.


Published: October 6, 2020

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Shawn Eagleburger 
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives