Transgender students are accepted within several sorority and fraternity organizations on American college campuses.
However, Chi Omega is the first sorority to publicly announce that it “will allow transgender women to become members at all of its chapters, nationwide,” according to a report published in the Washington Free Beacon Wednesday.
One college, in particular, the University of Minnesota has already welcomed transgender students as members of three fraternities and one sorority.
According to Alex Hansen, the Alpha Chi Omega chapter president at the campus, the announcement of the new policy was made on Feb. 17, and members are thrilled.
Hansen acknowledged that the question of allowing transgender students to join Greek organizations, which are typically distinguished by female or male groups, has been emerging on the national scene, but added, “It’s not something that a lot of chapters nationally have made the choice to have.”
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The report quoted Alpha Chi Omega member Melissa Medved, who said she feels that the decision to accept transgender women into her sorority will force chapters around the country to demonstrate that the group is truly inclusive and empowering for its members.
“A transgender woman is just as much of a woman as I am,” she stated, adding, “I think it would be really cool for Greek life as a whole to accept the people who are identifying as one way or the other.”
According to a spokesperson for the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life, admitting transgender students has not been presented as a priority for the organization. However, any student enrolled at the university is eligible for recruitment.
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