Student Organization Spotlight: SAFE Liaisons
By Paul Hengesteg
SAFE Liaison Practicum Student
When was the last time you looked around at your Greek Community? No, I mean really looked. What things do you notice? What stood out for you? What was missing from your view? As a result of your inspection, could you classify the ISU Greek Community as “a relatively diverse group of people”?
That depends on your perspective, I suppose. But, I would challenge you to think about this: are groups of people being left out of the full Greek experience?
By now, everyone should be aware of The Office of Greek Affairs’ strategic plan, Vision 2020. In it, you will notice that Social Justice is an important component of the leading document. Vision 2020 will shape and influence our community and the decisions we all make. Indeed, the strategic plan will impact the people involved in the ISU Greek Community -- who will be included, how might they engage, what organizations they serve, and potentially even the philanthropic nature of the community.
A handful of years ago, a graduate student at ISU sought to find out how the ISU Greek Community felt about its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) members -- or the potential of welcoming new LGBTQ persons into the Greek Community. The results of the assessment indicated that many members of fraternities and sororities welcomed their LGBTQ brother and sisters. The data also found, however, that some work needed to be done to improve the quality of life (think: safety, sense of belonging, level of “out-ness,” and inclusionary language or practices) for those who are not heterosexual or cisgender.
Enter SAFE Liaisons. [To continue reading, click HERE]