President Judy Bonner has issued an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at the University of Alabama.
In her statement, she said:
"We have taken the first steps toward removing barriers and ensuring access and opportunity throughout our Greek community. I am confident that we will achieve our objective of a Greek system that is inclusive, accessible and welcoming to students of all races and ethnicities. We will not tolerate anything less.
"The process of continuous open bidding is already yielding positive results. Our Panhellenic sororities have issued 72 bids this week. Eleven African-American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African-American women and two by other minorities. Additionally, others are considering accepting bids.
"While some sororities are farther along than others, I am encouraged that chapter members are proactively reaching out to a diverse group of women.
"The process of open continuous bidding will continue, and we will see these numbers increase over the next few weeks.
"The administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni of the University of Alabama will continue to support these efforts, now and in the future.
"Let me reiterate, we are going to create and sustain an environment that enables our students to be successful in the academic and social aspects of their college life. This will fulfill our primary mission to prepare and equip them to be successful throughout their lives and careers.
"Let me emphasize that we are taking steps necessary to make systemic and lasting change. As your president, it makes me proud to know that the UA family has embraced and is working together to achieve this goal."