Delta Zeta Sorority Joins It’s On Us Greek Leadership Council

Over the past 20 years, the number of sexual assaults have gone down in every single age group except those in the 18-24 demographic. Education, prevention and intervention are key, but teaching students in fraternities and sororities that they can be their own advocates is even more crucial.

That is why Delta Zeta Sorority is proud to be a part of the Greek Leadership Council launched by It’s On Us, and looks forward to engaging and educating our networks on this important issue. The Greek Leadership Council is a coalition of fraternity and sorority member groups committed to being a part of the solution to end sexual assault.

Diane M. Stecher, Delta Zeta Sorority National President, said, “Sexual assault is front and center right now. We have seen the bravery of those speaking out in social media with the ‘#MeToo’ campaign. One reason Delta Zeta became a member of the It’s On Us Greek Leadership Council is for our members. Respect for each other, compassion, kindness – these are the values of our Founders and of every other Greek organization. Our members often talk about their favorite part of our Creed and ‘to crusade for justice’ is one of them. Our collegians believe in having a voice, and as a member of the It’s On Us Greek Leadership Council, Delta Zeta assures that we have one regarding this crucial issue.”

The council will harness the power of national organizational structures and their reach into campus chapters to encourage policy changes that support survivors and ensure that there are strong education and engagement initiatives that empower local chapters to change the culture on their own campuses.

Specifically, the Greek Leadership Council will work to:

  • Engage students across the Greek system
  • Share best practices among Greek leadership
  • Develop strong collaborative messaging strategy
  • Enhance communication with schools
  • Address internal policies

Seventeen prominent organizations have joined for the inaugural year including: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Kappa Theta, Pi Kappa Phi, Psi Upsilon, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Psi Zeta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Beta Tau and the National Panhellenic Council.

 

 

Elvin Bruno, It’s On Us Campus Program Director said, “The Greek Leadership Council is a powerful force for change, and the leadership and dedication of these organizations in the fight to end campus sexual assault is crucial to our movement.”

Delta Zeta Sorority is a premier global network of inspired women who translate their passions through leadership, service and philanthropy to enrich their communities and change lives. Founded on Miami University’s campus in Oxford, Ohio in 1902, the Sorority has more than 261,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada. The Delta Zeta Foundation, a non-profit organization, makes possible gifts and support for scholarships, leadership, philanthropy and education. Learn more about our mission at deltazeta.org.

For further information, please contact Diane M. Stecher, National President, Delta Zeta Sorority National Headquarters, 202 East Church Street, Oxford, OH  45056, (513) 523-7597, press@deltazeta.org.

It’s On Us: Launched in September 2014, It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. The campaign was launched following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence. It’s On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us. It’s a rallying cry to be a part of the solution. The campaign combines innovative creative content and grassroots organizing techniques to spark conversation on a national and local level. Over the past two years, over 440,000 people have taken a stand against sexual violence by taking the It’s On Us pledge. The campaign works with over 95 partners and students on over 550 campuses in all 50 states. And we are just getting started …

Please visit ItsOnUs.org to take the pledge. To learn more about It’s On Us and the Greek Leadership Council, visit itsonus.org and follow @ItsOnUs.