In response to the nationwide protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other Black people, we believe that we must engage and take action to do better. Black Lives Matter. No statement is enough for us to undo the role fraternities and sororities, including our own, have historically played in explicitly and implicitly contributing to systemic racism in the United States. As an organization, we are called to make a difference in the world around us. To that end, we know that simply using our voice to amplify the message is not enough. We can and must do more.
In order to begin working toward the goal of being actively anti-racist and to provide support to our members in the areas of equity, social justice and advocacy, Gamma Phi Beta will:
- Provide in-time education to Gamma Phi Beta members on topics of anti-racism.
- Educate members on the history of systemic racism in the United States.
- Equip chapters with shared language to dismantle racism as it shows up individually, within their chapters, campus community and the Sorority.
This webpage is not intended to provide a comprehensive education, but rather it is designed to be a starting place for you to:
- Explore your own identities.
- Define key social justice terms.
- Identify the role you play in systemic racism as well as ways to be anti-racist.
- List ways for you to take action.
We recognize that some topics may be new and feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable. That’s okay – discomfort means you’re learning something! If you’re white, this discomfort may be because of something known as white fragility, discomfort or defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice.
If you’re white, your friend, family or sisters of color are not responsible for your education. You are responsible for your education. Asking black people and people of color about their experiences with racism can be exhausting for the individuals sharing their experiences. White people can be allies to black people and people of color by educating themselves rather than asking others to educate them. If you are white and you’re experiencing discomfort in your educational journey, we encourage you to sit with it, lean into it and continue to use these resources to educate yourself.
The educational resources below have been organized by different levels of understanding to allow members to select the best starting point for their journey. The resources on this webpage will be updated over time, so check back regularly.
In addition to educational resources, we have also provided resources to support our sisters in the many ways they may be experiencing this time. We encourage you to identify one or more resources you can utilize to engage in self-care.
Before you begin, remember:
- Starting is better than doing nothing.
- Knowing more is better than knowing less.
- It’s not too late to learn something new.
Fundamentals of Social Justice
Are these conversations new to you? Are you curious about where to begin? Fundamentals of Social Justice is a great place to start. These resources were selected to provide foundational language, historical context and activities to help you recognize the identity you hold.
Become a Social Justice Advocate
Are you aware of the identity you hold? Are you interested in learning how your identity impacts others? Have you engaged in conversations about race and social justice, but you want to learn more? Try the resources provided in Become a Social Justice Advocate. These resources are designed to build upon Fundamentals of Social Justice and to challenge you to dig deeper into the identity you hold and how you interact with the world around you.
Be a Social Justice Advocate
Have you engaged in multiple conversations about race and social justice? Are you looking to put your knowledge to practice through actions and dialogue with others? The resources provided in Be a Social Justice Advocate are intended to give you the tools to engage with your community in effective and safe ways.
Support for our Black Sisters
- 35 Self-Care Tips (Dear Black Women Project)
- 60 Digital Resources for Mental Health (Social Work License Map)
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Loveland Foundation
- Black Disabled and Proud
- About Juneteenth
- Celebrating Juneteenth
- What’s Juneteenth? A Guide to Celebrating America’s Second Independence Day
- More Americans Should Know About Juneteenth
- Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate (Parents.)
- 31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance (Embrace Race)
- "White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America" by Margaret A. Hagerman
Resources for Collegiate Chapters
- How-To Create an Inclusive Sisterhood
- Incident Report Individual Member
- Emergency Resources
- Non-Discrimination Position Statement – Collegiate Operations Manual (COM)
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Their resources and initiatives are collaborative, and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation and healing.
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
Founded in 2013, BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people. They mobilize through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. Stand up for access to opportunity for every young adult, no matter their background, zip code, or socioeconomic status.
Antiracist Research & Policy Center
The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University generates scholarly research, educational tools and policy analysis geared towards dismantling racism in its many forms.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
We recognize that this is a starting point for Gamma Phi Beta as an organization to take action and create a space for members to learn about themselves and the identities of others. Is there a resource or education you would like us to share? Provide your feedback in this form. If you would like us to contact you, please include your information in your submission.