By: Jess Pettitt, I am…Social Justice
Living our values. This is what connects all members of the fraternal movement regardless of our affiliations. For some, our commitment to our brothers and sisters saves our lives, teaches us how to be in the world, and ingrains a lifelong sense of responsibility to each other.
In single gender institutions like fraternities and sororities, what happens if alumni transition into a new gender expression? How do we define membership given a single sex status? Can a transman still live by his sorority’s values? If a potential member is drawn to your organization for all of the right reasons and would be a perfect leader — does this change if they are going through a transition process? How does transition impact a Title IX status? Does it matter what dedicated leader’s birth certificate says?
This in-depth presentation aims to:
- Increase awareness of the existence of the trans/gender variant populations
- Transfer this knowledge to proactively identify organization actions steps
- Create more higher education administrator advocates for trans needs