A Policy Announcement from Kappa Kappa Gamma
past year, Kappa Kappa Gamma has focused on creating equitable and inclusive
spaces within our organization. We’ve had thoughtful, but tough conversations
and carefully reviewed our policies, practices and procedures. As part of
these evaluations, we established a Legacy Focus Group, which was comprised of collegians
and alumnae from a variety of backgrounds.
After the Legacy
Focus Group presented its recommendations and we weighed all perspectives,
Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Fraternity Council decided to eliminate all preferential
treatment of legacies during Recruitment and the Fraternity legacy definition.
are dedicated to ensuring Kappa is a place of belonging and inclusion. We must
have the courage to evolve.
We understand this decision may be met
with mixed reactions. Some of you may be reading this as a grandmother, mother,
daughter, or sister of a Kappa. Some of you may be first-generation college
students or related to a woman in another National Panhellenic Conference organization.
It is our aim that all potential new members experience an equitable path to
membership in Kappa Kappa Gamma. As Kappas, we believe in seeing the beauty in
each person and treating everyone with respect and dignity. We must work to
ensure that all aspects of our organization reflect these values.
we want to create spaces and experiences that allow for all types of
connections among Kappas to flourish. Whether that’s a connection between a
mother and her daughter, a stepmother and stepdaughter, best friends, partners
or others with whom we share special bonds, we see, recognize, and want to
celebrate all the extraordinary relationships our members have with one another
through Kappa Kappa Gamma.
our founding over 150 years ago, Kappa has been on a voyage of discovery. Along
that path, we have taken bold steps to create positive change. Our chapter
members ensure our future. Our alumna members ensure our longevity. As we look
to align Kappa Kappa Gamma to both our values and to the experiences of our
members, we all must be willing to adapt. We promise you that we will continue
to listen and shine a light on opportunities to learn and grow.
Today, we firmly believe
that an inclusive membership will set us on a path to an even more vibrant
Your Fraternity Council
What was Kappa’s
most recent legacy policy and definition?
Kappa’s most recent legacy policy defined legacy as “a sister,
stepsister, daughter, stepdaughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of an
Does the legacy
definition still exist?
No. As part of the thoughtful discussion and evaluation,
Fraternity Council felt the legacy definition was limiting and should be
removed from Kappa’s policies. This provides an opportunity to welcome and
celebrate all special connections that exist within Kappa’s membership, not
just those through familial ties.
How does this change
impact legacies who are currently part of our organization?
There are many types of special relationships within Kappa. It is
our belief that while these connections are special, they should not result in
preferential treatment during Recruitment.
Those special relationships can still be part of our members’
Kappa experience. For example, members can and should consider attending a
family member’s initiation ceremony, serving as a mentor, or participating in
other Kappa activities.
daughter/sister/granddaughter joins Kappa, is she still considered a legacy?
Will I get to be involved with her Initiation?
While legacy status will no longer exist, any initiated member of
Kappa is welcome to attend the initiation ceremony for new members. It is an incredible,
meaningful ceremony, and we hope the words still inspire you today.
Does this change impact references?
References will continue to serve as an introduction between a potential new member and a chapter. Do not be concerned with a specific date for completion of references as Kappa Kappa Gamma does not have a deadline in which references need to be received. They only need to be received by the chapter prior to the start of recruitment in August or January.