SA to take up legislation on Iota Iota chapter of Alpha Phi

Two days after the Alpha Phi photo incident that captured campus and city media attention, the Student Association (SA) announced that it is going to take up legislation addressing the issue on Monday night.

The legislation, SR-S18-07: The Alpha Phi Bigotry Act, calls on the GW administration to remove the Iota Iota chapter of Alpha Phi International Fraternity on campus and increase diversity and inclusion efforts.

A Facebook event was created by Sen Imani Ross (Chair of Student Life, U-at-Large) for the full-body Senate meeting on Monday, February 5 at 9 p.m. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Will Raderman (Vice Chair of Finance, U-At-Large), Ojani Walthrust (ESIA-U), Jan Yonan (CCAS-U), Jacob Wright (CCAS-U), Naseem Haamid (Freshman Senator), and Aika Aluc (MISPH-G).

The event description is: “In light of recent events, the Student Association along with prominent leaders of the GW community drafted legislation to remove the Iota Iota Chapter off campus and prioritize diversity and inclusion initiatives. Come join us Monday to have your voice heard! ***Please dress in all black if possible.”

Student organizations endorsing the bill, so far, are: NAACP, NCNW, Black Student Union (BSU), Black Women’s Forum, GW POSSE, Crown of Glory, Intersectional Feminist of Color Collaborative, Multicultural Greek Council, Mu Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Alpha Phi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Nu Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

Students who want to show support for the legislation, but are not associated with a student organization can sign this petition.

In an email interview with The Rival, Ross said that the legislation was drafted after the town hall on Thursday night. She and other student organization leaders wrote it. Once the first draft was done she and some other student leaders met with Michael Tapscott, director for the Multicultural Student Services Center.

“I really hope it passes, The initiatives in the resolution are all student's asks and requests of the university to make GW as inclusive as possible,” she stated. In the past, “There have been previous initiatives condemning certain organizations or behavior, but nothing like this.”

The Senate hearing on Monday night will determine if this legislation starts a precedent and/or changes the diversity conversation on campus.

Originally published by Courtney Buble on gw.therival.news on 2.3.18.

CampusBrandon Bish