When searching for a fraterni-ty to call home, Devante Green didn’t need to search further than the successful men of this nation like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., or Turgood Marshall — both of which were promi-nent men of Alpha.“As a young black man at a predominantly white university I identiﬁed more with a histor-ically black Greek letter organi-zation,” said Devante Green, a junior from Lawrence and presi-dent of Alpha Phi Alpha Upsilon Chapter.Now young Latino men will have the same opportunity Green has had. Te University is making changes by expanding its racial di- versity on campus by bringing in Phi Iota Alpha, the oldest Latino fraternity in existence.Te mission of Phi Iota Alpha is to accept diﬀerent cultures and lives, and stress the impor-tance of academics and building a second family to serve as a sup-port system. Hugo Macias, a graduate assis-tant from Garland, exas, and director of expansion for Phi Iota Alpha, is excited to be help bring the fraternity to campus. It’s the perfect time for Phi Iota Alpha to be a part of greek life, Macias said. “KU needs Latino awareness, diﬀerent points of view for Latino men, and anybody who wants to dig roots and learn,” Macias said.Phi Iota Alpha plans to positively impact the University by empha-sizing minority involvement on campus and reminding students of their backgrounds. In doing this there will be no recruitment pro-cess, rather the fraternity will focus on building friendships.According to the SILC, 17 per-cent of the undergraduate pop-ulation at the University belongs to a sorority or fraternity with-in one of four Greek councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association (PHA), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) or National Pan-Hellen-ic Council (NPHC).Rueben Perez, director of the SILC, said despite strict non-dis-crimination policies, both IFC and PHA chapters have mostly Caucasian members, and the MGC and NPHC chapters have mostly Hispanic or black mem-bers. Although Perez has seen people of color join chapters within IFC or PHA and Cauca-sians join chapters in the MGC and NPHC.“I would certainly welcome seeing all four councils have even larger representation in terms of racial diversity,” Perez said. Students like Michelle Marron would agree because she be-lieves there is major room for ra-cial integration within the greek community.“One of the advantages of greek life is that you are creating a lasting bond with other men and women, no matter where they come from,” said Marron, a junior from Kansas City Kan., and vice-president of Sigma Iota Alpha. “However, are you really stepping out of what you know when you stay in a certain racial group?”Te United States has been called a melting pot full of dif-ferent cultures and racial groups that exist separately but also as one. Multicultural chapters in MGC or historically black chap-ters in NPHC exist separately while also being a part of the whole of KU greek life.“It distracts us from even larg-er issues, like the distinct racial divide in greek life. I don’t think the problem is in the divide so much as the lack of ever coming together,” Green said.
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A Supreme Court ruling in Maine made waves for transgender students everywhere last week when it ruled public school oﬃcials violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a teenager who identiﬁes herself as transgender to use the girls’ bathroom, according to the Washington Post.Te ruling marks the ﬁrst time a state court declared denying a transgender student access to a restroom with which they identiﬁed with as unlawful. Many schools across the country are developing policies of their own for transgender students, including the University of Kansas.Laverne Cox, transgender activist and actress who stars in the Netﬂix series “Orange Is the New Black,” is also taking a stand with transgender awareness. She is traveling the U.S. to talk about her journey to womanhood, and will be visiting the University this evening at 7 p.m. at Murphy Hall.Te Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, ransgender and Queer (LGBQ) Resource Center and KU Queers and Allies, both sponsors of the Laverne Cox event, are working to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBQQIA) community at the University overcome the limited resources and acceptance challenges it currently faces on campus. LGBQ Resource Center coordinator Michael Detmer says the community prefers to be referred to as LGBQQIA. He said some of its greatest challenges include residence hall housing assignments based on an individual’s sex at birth, limited gender-neutral restrooms and no full-time staﬀ members dedicated to LGBQQIA issues. Te center is working to get the University’s administration to acknowledge, understand and take action to enhance resources. “Tankfully, our university non-discrimination policy includes gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” Detmer said. “Tis gives us a foot to stand on when trying to implement the policies or procedures regarding these issues.” Tis includes implementing more single-use, gender-neutral restrooms on campus to alleviate the potential distress and harm gendered restrooms can cause LGBQQIA students. Te organizations are also striving to obtain a physical space dedicated to the LGBQQIA community and issues — “A place for students of all genders and sexualities to come learn, relax, talk and explore the ins and outs of gender and sexual diversity and how it impacts every person, regardless of straight, gay, aesexual, intersexual, transgender, etc.,” Detmer said. Education and awareness of the LGBQQIA community are the keys to overcoming these problems, Detmer said. “Education leads to awareness, and then insight and perspective, which leads to empowerment, and then action, which leads to justice,” he said. Grace Long, KU Queers and Allies vice president, agrees. “I think it’s important to be educated on all types of people, so that you can be the most understanding individual possible,” Long said. “You aren’t going to be able to go through life without knowing, working with or maybe even living with a queer person.”Te organizations help promote LGBQQIA awareness through several programs and events. eaching Safe Zone is an intensive training program where KU staﬀ, students and GAs can discuss LGBQQIA terminology and language and learn how to be good allies and resources for the community. Monthly events and programs also educate the public. “Gaypril” is a month long celebration in April consisting of trainings, discussions and social eventssupporting LGBQQIA issues.ransgender discussions andevents on campus also help to work on trans educationduring ransgender AwarenessMonth in November. Long, who identiﬁes asgender queer, said that whilethe LGBQQIA community at large has made enormous progress in gaining acceptanceand equality in the past few years, people still face daily challenges.“Being LGB aﬀects many aspects of our lives that many people take for granted,” Longsaid. “I think we also struggle with accepting ourselves andwho we are. A lot of us seek approval from the outsideworld and when that outsideworld isn’t always the most embracing, some of us takethat grief upon ourselves.We are working every day toshow that even though we arediﬀerent, we are still peoplelike everyone else.”
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“KU needs Latino awareness, different points of view for Latino men, and anybody who wants to dig roots and learn.” HUGO MACIASPhi Iota Alpha expansion director