I am writing in support of the Greek proposal to address some of the most visible and pressing issues at Dartmouth today. As a former member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and someone who in my junior year almost depledged due to inequalities I saw in the house, I will never regret that last year and a half I had with my KKG sisters as we were able to make systemic changes from the INSIDE out. I felt that I would have more power to change majority opinion within the greek system if we were to support open dialogue, awareness of issues that needed to change and utilized the power of this interconnected group of women operating as a larger group. I was proud of the new attitudes that became pervasive, accepting and supporting those who we had failed to recognize previously – more from a lack of awareness than anything else. Why not develop a plan to help change attitudes, awareness and action. Give students the tools they need to address the pressing and important issues at hand without eliminating a potentially powerful ally that is already structured and established on campus. I believe that Dartmouth has smart, caring, compassionate students who can sometimes (like all of us) make bad decisions. Let’s help them learn how to make better ones, to respect each other and operate as good citizens and community members. I don’t think that you have to remove the Greek system to accomplish that. I cherish many of the friendships that I had in KKG – especially with women in older grades and then in subsequent years, below me. I hope that opportunity remains available in the years to come.
2001 / Kappa Kappa Gamma