FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 5, 2020
Sigma Delta Tau Board Announces Appointment of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
CARMEL, IN — The National Board of Directors for Sigma Delta Tau sorority announced the appointment of Victoria Alexander as chair of the newly established Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. A member of the Gamma Mu chapter, Alexander is a former Leadership Consultant, has served as a volunteer for the sorority, and was a Foundation Scholarship recipient.
“We are so fortunate to have a sister with Victoria’s expertise in higher education, Greek life, and diversity and inclusion to help spearhead this effort for Sigma Delta Tau,” said National President Margaux Manley Lima.
Alexander has an extensive background in racial equity and diversity, as well as experience in leadership development and Greek affairs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Northeastern University, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California. Currently, she works as a Program Coordinator for the Center for Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Diversity at Salem State University, in Salem, MA. In the fall, she will begin work on a PhD at the University of Maryland, studying anti-racist pedagogy at colleges and universities, and will be working as the Graduate Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Alexander assumes her new role immediately and will be responsible for organizing the committee whose oversight will include diversity, equity and inclusion education, training, communication, and outreach for all members.
Earlier in the week, Sigma Delta Tau announced several initiatives to respond to calls to be more fully representative of its membership, and the communities and campuses where the sorority has established chapters. They include providing required diversity training for all collegians and volunteers to educate and empower sisters to recognize, acknowledge, and actively oppose racism, bigotry, and hate. In addition, the sorority will work to support the diversity and inclusion efforts at its host institutions, as well as engage in a variety of other communication and outreach activities.
Upon assuming her role, Alexander stated, “Our motto, ‘One Hope of Many People’ includes members of every identity group, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, religion or otherwise. Through its actions, the organization will demonstrate its commitment to continue to serve as a place where women of every background are welcomed, celebrated and empowered.” She added, “On a national level, Sigma Delta Tau is working its way through the initial steps to becoming actively anti-racist. We want to get this right, which will take time. We ask for your grace while we work through this process.“
About Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Delta Tau is a National women’s social sorority, founded in 1917 at Cornell University by seven Jewish women. The National Sorority has more than 65,000 members. SDT empowers each member to reach her fullest potential by enriching the experience of women with similar ideals, building lasting relationships, promoting civic responsibility, and fostering personal growth.