Consent is So Frat

Making consent and healthy relationships part of what it means to be a fraternity brother or sorority sister.

Fraternal Value of the Week – The Delta Zeta Creed

Delta Zeta

This week’s value is from the Delta Zeta Sorority, whose creed exemplifies why it’s sisters can commit to promoting a culture of consent and becoming allies in ending sexual violence on campus. Under the slogan of enriching the lives of their members, the Delta Zeta Creed is a great promise to act. The Delta Zeta Creed reads:

To the world, I promise temperance, insight, and courage
To crusade for justice,
To seek the truth and defend it always.
To those whom my life may touch in slight measure,
May I give graciously of what is mine.
To my friends, understanding and appreciation,
To those closer ones, love that is ever steadfast,
To my mind, growth
To myself, faith
That I may walk truly in the light of the flame.

The first promise, “to the world,” is a commitment to the work that Delta Zeta sisters can do to promote consent both in their chapter and in the Greek community on their campuses. Hosting events that promote awareness, education, and activism to prevent sexual violence is a “crusade for justice.” It takes courage to stand up, as an organization, for this issue, and sisters can live up to this promise of the creed by doing so. While the words of the creed may be powerful and even overwhelming, the simple actions a chapter can make – gathering support from other Greek organizations for events, encouraging chapters to get trained, etc. – is following your promise to the world.

Next, “to those whom my life may touch in slight measure,” there are several ways in which promoting a culture of consent can give to people on campus, even with only a bit of contact. Being a community that supports survivors, even those who are not close, can make a world of difference. Promote your organization as a safe space, discourage victim blaming, and support events/programs on campus for survivors. Most of us will know a survivor of sexual violence, but action to support all survivors can be a large part of this promise.

“To my friends, understanding and appreciation” – much can be said and done to live up to this promise in a way which promotes consent. First, friends who may come forward as a survivor, to believe them and support them is a huge action under this promise. Whether the individual is a sister or a friend, this promise is a commitment to support survivors. In addition, understanding of where everyone comes from, while challenging beliefs and actions that may go against a culture of consent, is a part of this promise. Going against someone, especially a friend, is hard, but when done as a part of your care for them, is done to improve your relationship as well as make a better culture.

The last three promises – “to those closer ones,” “to my mind” and “to myself” are all about growing a commitment to the best for yourself and others. Love that is steadfast is about a culture of respect, to support a culture of respect is the same as a culture of consent. Along with necessary education and advocacy, respect is at the core of being allies against sexual violence. Growth of your mind and faith in yourself are steps that will make a Delta Zeta sister a better ally in ending sexual violence and someone who can be a great leader in making the Greek community safer.

The Delta Zeta Creed is a commitment to developing a better sisterhood, but it is also a commitment to making a better community around the chapter. Sisters of Delta Zeta can take action on their promise by working to promote consent in the Greek community, to make consent part of what it means to be a Delta Zeta sister as well as what it means to be a member of any Greek organization on their campus.

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This entry was posted on October 27, 2014 by .
Consent is So Frat

Making consent and healthy relationships part of what it means to be a fraternity brother or sorority sister.

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