diversity, equity, and inclusion Frequently asked questions

Q: What steps have been taken by the UConn Panhellenic community to become more inclusive and acknowledge a history of discriminatory behavior?

A: The UConn Panhellenic Council fully acknowledges our problematic history, and that we still, unfortunately, see instances of hate, discrimination, prejudice, and unfavorable behavior. None of this is taken lightly, and we are constantly working to better our organization. In 2020, we created the Commitments for Inclusive Action, which are updated annually and used to hold our community accountable for change. Efforts toward change and growth, both small and large, are constantly being made by our community. Every chapter has a vice president or chair whose sole focus is working on DEI related initiatives and education within the community. These leaders, as well as the DEI Committee, are overseen by the Panhellenic VP of Membership Development, who can be contacted at ucpanhellenicvpmemdev@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. 

 

Q: A Panhellenic member has done something racist, homophobic, ableist, or otherwise offensive. How do I report this and how is it handled?

A: First, please use our anonymous form in our instagram bio to report the incident. If you would like to have a more direct conversation with someone, it is best to reach out to the president of the chapter that the member belongs to, or ucpanhellenicpres@gmail.com. Once the incident is reported, members go through a standards process within their chapter. This typically includes members of the executive board, advisors, and their national headquarters. These processes are often required to be handled privately by national policies. From there, if the Panhellenic Executive Board is unsatisfied with the chapter’s actions and decisions, a Panhellenic mediation can take place. 

 

Q: I heard that sororities require letters of recommendation from Panhellenic alumni and give legacies preferential treatment. Is that true?

A: At UConn, we do not accept letters of recommendation, as this can make the Panhellenic community less inclusive toward students who do not have family and friends already in the community. Legacy policies are on a chapter by chapter basis, but many are trending away from preferential treatment of legacies. 

 

Q: How do I know if I can afford to pay dues? I want to be in a Panhellenic organization, but I don’t know if I can finance it.

A: Dues are a necessary part of the functioning of our community, but we understand that they can be a financial burden. We never want financing to get in the way of sisterhood. If you are wondering how much dues are and how dues work, you can reach out to ucpanhellenicvpfinance@gmail.com for more information. We offer scholarships from our emergency sisterhood fund every year, and many chapters and national organizations also offer scholarships as an effort to make our community more accessible.