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Conversations on Race
Chapters at Indiana University, Miami University Host Campus Discussions In 2014, Delta Sigma Phi announced a groundbreaking partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Omicron Pi to host Conversations on Race at universities where all three organizations have chapters. The purpose is to have open dialog to discuss how race and racial tensions affect college campuses. While still in its early stages, several Delta Sig chapters have partnered to host Conversations on Race events on their campuses. Earlier this semester, Iota Psi Chapter at Indiana University and Iota Attendees of the Conversations Zeta Chapter University. at Miami University both hosted programs. The men from Miami University hosted a closed event called “Cross the Line” with members of the chapter and members from Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Omicron Pi. “We observed our differences and similarities, as it was meant to break down the stereotypes that bind people,” Iota Zeta Chapter President
Ryan Thomas, Miami University ’13, said. The three organizations on the Miami campus then hosted a campus-wide event around Conversations on Race. The event, which saw an attendance of nearly 300, had a panel of six different professors who answered pre-approved audience questions. The event planning had been in the works for three months, but two days before the event, the racially-charged incident with University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter hit the news. “We used the video to highlight how to change racial on Race program at Indiana relations not only on campus, but also in Greek Life, specifically,” Thomas said. The presentation at Indiana University, which had over 100 people in attendance, focused on audience interaction and sharing experiences. “When students first walked in, we arranged them randomly into one of 10 different groups based on a colored slip [of paper]. This eliminated any organizations from all sitting together and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Delta Sigma Phi's Pearl, from June of 2015.