Alpha Omicron Pi Delta Sigma Urges AOII Headquarters to Break Down Financial Barriers

Alpha Omicron Pi Delta Sigma Urges AOII Headquarters to Break Down Financial Barriers

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PLEASE DISCLOSE THE NAME OF YOUR CHAPTER AND AFFILIATION WITH AOII WHEN SIGNING, IF COMFORTABLE. (EX: Elizabeth H., AOII Alumni; John Doe, Alpha Alpha Fraternity; Jane Doe, AOII parent)  


Alpha Omicron Pi’s founding members Stella, Jessie, Helen, and Elizabeth actively worked to address and dismantle systemic oppressions in AOII’s creation. As women of Alpha Omicron Pi Delta Sigma, we wish to break down financial barriers relating to privilege in order to fulfill our purpose of fostering diversity and inclusion. During the months of the pandemic, it has become magnified to our organization that there are financial barriers in place that affect and exclude low income and BIPOC women. Specifically, Delta Sigma has personally been affected by 58% of sisters identifying as BIPOC, and 49% of sisters considering themselves low-income. With our sisters at stake, Delta Sigma has come together to stand in solidarity and exemplify true sisterhood by supporting our sisters. 

The Delta Sigma sisters fully believe that Alpha Omicron Pi Headquarters is “committed to Inspiring Ambition in all that we do, not just through our words, but also through action.” We encourage Alpha Omicron Pi Headquarters to align themselves with their statement and participate in helping Delta Sigma break down financial barriers and support struggling sisters. With Alpha Omicron Pi’s founding members opening the doors for our current sisters, it is time for our collegiate and alum sisters to lead the Greek community in empowering our future sisters of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic/racial backgrounds. 


By signing this petition you are supporting Delta Sigma working with Headquarters in achieving these three goals:

1. Financial Transparency: We ask that HQ improve budget clarity, financial accessibility, and chapter agency over Development and International Fees, in order to make chapter membership more accessible to all collegiate students, including those who identify as BIPOC, undocumented, first-generation or low-income.

2. Flexible Housing Contracts: San Jose State University has announced that all classes will be delivered remotely due to COVID-19. We ask that HQ allows any live-in members to break their housing contracts if desired, which require them to live in and pay rent, for the 2020-2021 fiscal year due to public health concerns, mental health concerns, economic impacts of COVID-19, and pre-existing SJSU/University Housing Policies that we should abide by as a guideline. 

3. Decreased and Isolated Fall Dues: Sisters who are not living in the house are required to pay $2770 for development fees, regardless of not having access to the house due to the pandemic. We ask HQ to significantly reduce dues for The Chapter members through development fees until San Jose State University approves in-person events and activities for its Greek organizations. Lastly, we ask that dues for the entire Fall 2020 semester will be isolated with a chance given to reevaluate the spring budget.

Sources:

https://www.alphaomicronpi.org/education/align-educate-participate/

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/CSU-Chancellor-Timothy-P-Whites-Statement-on-Fall-2020-University-Operational-Plans.aspx

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