With unanimous support of the Policy Committee and unanimous approval of the Executive Committee, St. Anthony Hall has engaged Sister George Friday, X’81, to guide us in beginning our antiracism work. She is an expert, having devoted the last 30 years to this work, beginning during her undergraduate days at UNC. We want to be very clear that we do not intend to limit or slow down work that individual Siblings, chapters, grad orgs, or committees may have already begun. This is to get a sense of where we currently are, and it will be in addition to the initiatives you have already begun.
Phase I of this program will begin in the coming weeks and will include (1) interviewing ~60 Siblings who will soon be hearing from Nic Hammond, the current H.S., (2) analyzing those interviews and the results of written surveys to those members and an additional 50 to 60 Siblings, and (3) building a comprehensive report and specific recommendations for the Hall in light of what is found. Phase 1 will assess each chapter, each graduate organization, each of the three national entities, and our numerous committees. Phase 2 will begin later in the fall, and will include antiracism training in a train-the-trainer model that will permeate the Hall at all of these same levels. The G.C. and leadership envision Phase 2 continuing for years, and involving multiple classes of new and continuing Siblings.
Additionally, the G.C. is working with our Communications Committee and Black siblings to create channels to allow and encourage members (both undergraduate and graduate) to listen more to our Black siblings.
More updates will be coming soon, and we hope to receive your questions and thoughts on these endeavors. Nic Hammond, the H.S., is serving as the project manager in working with Sis. Friday. Please direct questions and suggestions to Nic, and include him in communications related to these initiatives or others you have begun or will begin locally.