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.
In these and many other ways, we hope to continue actively demonstrating that black lives matter.
*To learn more about Gamma Phi Beta’s ongoing BEDI efforts, visit GammaPhiBeta.org/PrioritiesAndActionPlan.
STOP ASIAN AMERICAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER (AAPI) HATEGamma Phi Beta sees and supports our AAPI members. We recognize that the anti-Asian hate and violence that has been on the rise in the COVID-19 pandemic existed long before the onset of this virus. The following resources are designed to provide education in three primary areas, understanding the history of anti-Asian hate and discrimination in North America, engaging in allyship and support for our AAPI members.
- History: Anti-Asian Racism in Canada
- History: Anti-Asian Racism in the United States
- Allyship: Bystander Intervention
- Allyship: Supporting AAPI Peers
- Support: Stop AAPI Hate
- Support: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
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
- Self-Care Primer for Black Muslims
- Organizations Serving the Black LGBTQIA+ Community (curated by It Gets Better Project)
- About Juneteenth
- Celebrating Juneteenth
- What’s Juneteenth? A Guide to Celebrating America’s Second Independence Day
- Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate (Parents.)
- 14 Anti-Racist Books for Kids and Teens
- "White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America" by Margaret A. Hagerman
- Undocumented Momhood by Laura Rodriguez
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
- "I Have a Dream"
- "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
- King Center Book Store
- King Center Books and Bibliography
RESOURCES FOR COLLEGIATE CHAPTERS
- How-To Create an Inclusive Sisterhood
- Incident Report Individual Member
- Emergency Resources
- Non-Discrimination Position Statement – Collegiate Operations Manual (COM)
SUPPORT SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONSGamma Phi Beta does not have a partnership or agreement with the following organizations. We cannot guarantee that the positions taken by these organizations align with the values of Gamma Phi Beta. These organizations are being shared as educational resources.
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.