From Jerod Breit, Executive Director & CEO, and Aaron Otto “AA”, 53rd International President:
Delta Chi’s mission to promote friendship, develop character, advance justice, and assist in the acquisition of a sound education continues to be paramount to our existence. More than ever, the need to advance justice must be central to our organization’s place in this world and in the hearts and minds of our brotherhood.
There is a pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation and in the hearts of millions of our fellow Americans. To stand together, we must stand up for one another and recognize the fear, hurt, and outrage cannot continue to go unnoticed.
The Delta Chi Fraternity denounces all forms of hatred, racism, bigotry and violence. The Fraternity must continue to draw on the fundamental meaning of justice, be men of action, and be persistent in supporting, amplifying, and standing with Black voices. This comes with a layer of responsibility that involves holding one another accountable when we witness actions that do not meet our fraternity’s Basic Expectations. Fairness, rightness, and a system of law in which every person receives equal treatment is the only way in which justice may truly be advanced.
More important than words are actions. This past spring, the International Headquarters (IHQ) staff began developing diversity and inclusion programming that will continue to assist our membership in developing cultural competence, promoting chapter cultures focused on equity and inclusion, and assisting our members in contextualizing our fraternity’s history as an organization, while understanding how this impacts our existence moving forward. This summer, IHQ will engage members in conversations that lead to implementation of change throughout the organization and on our host campuses. We look forward to implementing this in the future.
There is more to be done, as eradicating racism and prejudice in America is not a “check-the-box” issue. It did not start overnight and will not successfully be addressed in a day. Instead, it requires persistent effort and education. As a fraternity, we need to continue to seek out avenues that challenge our members as active participants and leaders in society to do better, while doing everything within our power to ensure that individuals of all races feel welcomed, valued, and supported within our organization. Black Lives Matter and you are valued here as a brother in The Delta Chi Fraternity.
Executive Director & CEO
Aaron Otto, “AA”
53rd International President