The Harvard chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority announced Monday that it has disassociated itself from its national organization in favor of being a gender-neutral social club. The group’s new name will be “The Fleur-de-Lis.”
“The Fleur-de-lis, formerly known as the Eta Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, is an independent organization open to all students at Harvard who have completed at least one semester at the College. The Fleur is both gender-neutral and female-focused, and is an organization dedicated to creating an empowering social space for women on Harvard's campus,” their new website states.
The group says it's committed to the “principles of female-empowerment, nondiscrimination, and FUN.”
The change from sorority to gender-neutral club stems from Harvard’s new penalties for single-gender social clubs, according to the Harvard Crimson.
The national organization of Kappa Kappa Gamma is "profoundly disappointed in Harvard’s decision" and believes "in the power of the sorority experience and in the supportive, empowering community we provide for women."
According to a statement from the KKG national, "Kappa Kappa Gamma continues to believe strongly in the positive impact our chapter and other fraternal organizations have on members at Harvard and the university community."
Red Alert Politics reached out to Tiana M. Menon, president of the Fleur-de-Lis, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
On the other hand, Rakesh Khurana, Dean of Harvard College, is applauding Fleur-de-Lis for their efforts.
"This kind of positive change is made possible by our students’ leadership in creating environments and cultures rooted in respect and inclusion. As members of this community, we all have an opportunity to strengthen our culture both for current students and future generations, and I applaud the Fleur-de-Lis on their efforts," he said in a statement emailed to Red Alert Politics.
The Fleur-de-Lis plans to initiate recruitment activities on Thursday, January 25th, and conclude on Tuesday, January 30th. Registration is free of charge.
Isaiah Denby is a college freshman from Tampa Bay, Fla., studying economics and political science.