Proposed Leadership Structure Changes to Build DEI Capacity
Over the last year, 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 a legislative proposal to incorporate DEI-focused roles into our chapter and volunteer officer structures.
At this summer’s convention, delegates will vote on legislation proposed by Grand Council which requires all chapters 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). Grand Council will also propose revising the responsibilities of the current Grand Vice President Community Relations and rename the role Grand Vice President Inclusion. This Grand Council member will oversee the Fraternity’s existing Community Relations team as well as a new Specialty Director, the Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and nine new Specialists serving on Regional Teams, titled Inclusion Specialists.
This new team of leaders are expected to be phased in during Fall 2021, between convention and the start of the 2022 officer term. Anticipated position descriptions are linked below. View the proposed structure here.
- Grand Vice President Inclusion
- 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.