By DaLyah Jones
Texas State University is a pretty diverse campus, but many people still feel a lack of racial unity within the campus community and Greek organizations; a few on campus are working together to fix that.
The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated hosted their nontraditional stroll-off last night in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom and collaborated with the Panhellenic Council at Texas State University to host the event during their annual ‘Delta Week’.
The collaborative event included sororities from different Panhellenic Councils taking part in their traditional stroll off activity, which is normally done by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC.
Panhellenic council member Mary Beth Miller says that segregation between the two greek councils has been an issue and now they are working together to solve that problem.
“We actually did get interviewed by our coaches about segregation on campus and how we thought you know about if it was present or if we didn’t think it was still present and I think in a lot of ways it still is because differences in the greek community and what chapters we join,” said Miller. “I think it’s awesome and this really broke down a whole lot of barriers and I guess a whole lot of stigmas that we don’t hang out or just don’t do things together because we’re not the same, but you know it’s kind of interesting to learn them, just kinda different cultures but I think the greek community is moving in a good direction.”
Delta Sigma Theta is a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which is comprised of predominantly African-American fraternities and sororities. Delta’s Vice President Asia Woods says that the integration of the two sororities goes towards a greater cause for the Texas State campus.
“We were just really doing it to bring greek unity to the school and to show that the NPHC can pair up with the Panhellenic Council and we can do great things together and show the community it doesn’t matter what your letter are that we are all one we are trying to do the same thing for the school,” said Woods.
Delta President Jasmine Smith says that greek segregation is something that both councils need to tackle. Smith says there will be future integrated events between different fraternities and sororities.