By Jessica Huang
I wanted to go through recruitment because I came to Western not knowing anyone and thought joining a sorority would be a good way to form new friendships and connect with more people. Going through recruitment, I felt somewhat insecure as I noticed the small proportion of POCs (Person of Colour). I am from Vancouver, a culturally diverse city, and I was used to seeing more minorities and people who looked like me.
I had a mostly positive experience with the rest of recruitment, but there were moments when I felt out of place. There were also a few white girls who I noticed that were only talking to other white girls, but it was a very small proportion of them.
However, I enjoy my time in the Greek scene and I have met many genuine and kind people through this platform. Most of my best friends now are my sorority sisters. My big graduated two years ago but I still talk to her everyday and I see us being friends for a long time.
Inevitably, I think the Greek scene has its own issues with discrimination, racism, and prejudice. For example, I’ve noticed a lack of representation on the sororities’ Instagram’s. The same group of girls are often posted, leaving out many other members in the sororities. I do not believe these are intentional and I know that there are very little POCs in some chapters.
However, I think we should all reflect on why many POCs are hesitant to rush and work on becoming more aware and educated on certain issues. This would create a more inviting and inclusive space for all. Moreover, I recognize that my generally positive experience in the Greek scene cannot be generalized to all POCs.
It was lovely to see many Greeks show solidarity and support during the Black Lives Matter movements and I believe we should keep the momentum going. For those who appeared more ignorant, I think it is our responsibility to try, reach out, and educate them. It is scary to bring up these issues but a conversation is better than nothing. I was hesitant about sharing my Greek experiences publicly, but ultimately, it seems like the right thing to do.