Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIB)
"While a large number of Penn students are members of Greek life, an even larger number are impacted by it in different ways- and not everyone has a positive experience with it. I helped establish the Diversity and Inclusion Board to create knowledge about biases, privilege, and unequal power structures so that all students, whether or not they are in Greek life, can have a safer and healthier social experience at Penn."
- Conrad Mascarenhas, 2017-2018 DIB Chair
OFSL's Diversity and Inclusion Board (DIB) is a cross-council initiative to address and ameliorate issues of diversity and inclusion in Penn's Greek community. Through a variety of educational programing, DIB aims to better the Penn Greek community's knowledge of what constitutes diversity, how to better representation of marginalized communities in respective chapters, and facilitate allyship in Greek spaces.
Founded in 2015, Temilola "Temi" Ransome-Kuti, DIB has spent the last two years challenging itself and fraternity/sorority life to think critically and progressively about what it means to be Greek. Unsettled by the homogeneity of Greek spaces and reports of abuse and systematic exclusion from peers and members of our Penn community, Temi hosted a cultural competency workshop with the assistance of OFSL and Penn's LGBT center. A group of students felt particularly galvanized after the event, and joined Temi in her endeavor to establish a board, within OFSL, that would serve to expressly address the needs and grievances of minority-identified Penn students.
In its nascence, DIB's mission is constantly changing and growing. As of now, we are concerned with creating educational programming and spaces that target Greek communities in all three councils and inform them of methods and tactics they can use to center diversity and inclusion in their rush processes, philanthropy events, and various social endeavors. This includes an annual, weekend-long cultural competency workshop in the spring, collaborations with other student groups (like TableTalk and Panhellenic Council), and topical workshops that address the myriad ways fraternities and sororities tend to minimize or erase identity experience or representation.
If you would like to know more about DIB's programming, please reach out to the Chair of DIB: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Board
Charlotte de Vaulx
OFSL Associate Director for
Diversity & Co-Curricular Edu.
OFSL Graduate Assistant for
Interested in joining DIB?
The application can be found here.