ZTA’s commitment to inclusion

Our Creed teaches us that within Zeta Tau Alpha “lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives.”

Earlier this year, we received some important direct feedback from a few collegiate sisters. That feedback provided the opportunity for us to learn more about their views and is helping us to enrich and ennoble our Fraternity. We learned that ZTA’s existing conversations around inclusion were not enough. We learned the conversations needed to happen on a larger scale, at a quicker pace, and with a wider audience. That learning moment was a catalyst to accelerating our dialogue, programs, and education related to inclusion.

We’re proud to share the steps ZTA has already taken, as well as our future plans.

To date, ZTA has:

  • Formed an Inclusion Committee. National Council created an Inclusion Task Force shortly after their installation at Convention 2018. We quickly elevated this task force and recognized it as an official Special Committee. The Inclusion Committee consists of alumnae, collegians and staff who represent the many communities of our members. The committee members live in different regions of the country and have an understanding of inclusion from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Created and posted to our website an Inclusion Philosophy and updated language appropriately throughout our entire site.
  • Implemented an intentional, ongoing plan for celebrating our members and their backgrounds on our public platforms, for example, this year’s I Am A Sorority Woman campaign.
  • Incorporated programming focused on inclusive belonging for all members, starting with Emerging Leaders Academy and National Officer Academies this past summer. We will continue this focus through collegiate and alumnae programming at all levels.
  • Developed a detailed timeline of inclusion efforts for the current academic year, including, but not limited to:
    • Creating an Inclusion Chairman position on Program Council. Collegiate chapters will receive a position description soon and will have the option to select this leadership role.
    • Developing new programming within our My Sister, My Responsibility® educational series focused on Seeking Understanding. In the 2019-2020 academic year, we will encourage each collegiate chapter to partner with its university to present inclusion programming for all members. We will develop programming specifically for our sisterhood for the 2020-2021 academic year.
    • Finding ways to make ZTA experiences more accessible for members of all abilities, including our websites, social media channels, video production and in-person events.

Looking ahead, the Inclusion Committee will continue to work closely with National Council to develop more initiatives and discover new ways for ZTA to create inclusion and belonging within our sisterhood for alumnae and collegians alike.

We are committed to being a leader in this important conversation and to remembering always “that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was love, ‘the greatest of all things.’"


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