University of Alabama President Judy Bonner listens as student Khortlan Patterson reads a statement. (Ben Flanagan/al.com)

University of Alabama’s president, Judy Bonner, recently released a video in reference to the university’s commitment to diversifying its sororities. After receiving backlash for its discriminatory practices a couple of months ago, Bonner claims the sorority system is now getting “revamped”.  The open bidding process is in full swing, and well, black people are more than welcomed.

“Every sorority has reached out to a diverse group of young women,” Bonner said. “To date, 200 bids have been offered during the past few weeks. One hundred and 45 women have accepted those bids. Twenty-three are minorities, including 14 African-Americans.”

“It is important to note that now 12 of our sororities have African-American members and all sororities have minority members,” Bonner said. “You can be assured that the Office of Greek Affairs will continue to work with both local chapters and national organizations to provide support for all members.”

But the effort has been met with criticism. Many feel that inclusion should be across the board, not just with white sororities, but black and white greek organizations as a whole. And Bonner hopes to change that as well.
I guess Bonner has never seen a white Zeta step?
But in any event, Bonner hopes that the new efforts to diversify the greek life on campus will better the greek experience for all involved and realizes it’s a continuous process.

“Let me be clear: we have not reached out destination, but we are moving forward with resolve, energy and enthusiasm,” Bonner said. “We are determined. We are focused. We will succeed in creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive campus that is defined by access and opportunity.”


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