Dear AKPsi Brothers,
As our fraternity celebrates the end of another academic year and the accomplishments of our members and chapters from across the world, there are those also experiencing the tough reality of lives lost to racially motivated violence. Recent incidents across the US have caused feelings of sadness, frustration, hopelessness, and anger throughout our membership and in our wider communities.
Words will not and cannot reconcile these emotions, but at the same time, we do not feel it’s right or just to remain silent. We feel it is important to affirm publicly that all humans have value and that we must stand in solidarity against injustice, racism, and violence at all times, but especially when our fellow brothers and families are suffering.
We must acknowledge and respond to the negative effects which injustice, racism and violence have on our organization, on our brothers, on our families, and on society as a whole. In AKPsi, we aspire to be principled business leaders. In order to be true to our values – brotherhood, integrity, unity, knowledge, service – we must find ways to enact those values at this critical time.
To this end, we are organizing a task force to develop a plan of action for our fraternity to be a model of inclusivity and equality. By doing so, we will aim to be a model for other organizations who aspire to spurn injustice, discrimination in any of its many forms, and violence. The work will begin immediately and the initial draft plan of action will be released within the next 30 days.
We understand our words and our call to action may not lessen the current emotions; however, we are committed to taking the first step toward long-term change in our organization on behalf of our members and beyond.
If you are interested in sitting on the task force or being kept up to date on progress being made, please sign into the MyAKPsi Community and apply through Volunteer Central (https://akpsi.force.com/myAKPsi/s/volunteer-central). Please choose the preferred vacancy “Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity Taskforce member” and complete the information requested. You can mark the “I am interested in learning and leadership development positions” checkbox of Special Interest Project.