June 2, 2012

Letter: The Chicago Society of Alpha Delta Phi apologizes for bias incident

Alpha Delta Phi's U of C chapter apologizes for bias incidents, discusses diversity.

On May 8, 2012, two members of our fraternity participated in an offensive act involving

a hurtful ethnic stereotype. This act was not in any way sanctioned by our organization,

nor did it involve our pledges or our official pledge process as some reports have implied.

However, since the two individuals involved are members of our organization and

because the act took place on our property, we accept full responsibility for their actions.

We sincerely apologize to anyone who had to witness this event or who was offended by

hearing about it. Our organization has arranged to take steps internally to educate and

train our members to ensure that no incident of this kind happens again.

Our chapter of Alpha Delta Phi is an ethnically and culturally diverse group that is

composed of members of the Caucasian, Latino, African American, Asian, Jewish and

LGBT communities. We proudly maintain a strong record of tolerance and

inclusiveness. We were one of the first fraternities in the country to welcome African

American and Latino members in the 1950s. More recently, we were recognized in

national media for organizing a counter protest against the bigoted Westboro Baptist

Church when they marched on campus in 2009. Given this history, the incident on May

8th is exceptionally embarrassing to us and contradictory to our values. We are

committed to restoring our reputation as an inclusive organization that opposes any kind

of racial, ethnic, or cultural insensitivity.

Roger Deschner

Class of 1977

President, Chicago Society of Alpha Delta Phi