Greek Accreditation: A Painstaking Process Worth Every Minute
Entertainment

Greek Accreditation: A Painstaking Process Worth Every Minute

It doesn't simply serve to be a pain in the ass.

10
Pexels

Every year, the fraternities and sororities on Lehigh University's campus go through a process known as "accreditation" in which our engagements with the campus and outside communities, growth within our own chapters, and excellence in various areas both academic and otherwise are judged and given a ranking based upon the way the university perceives our respective organizations. The rankings range from "gold" to "poor," of course, with gold being the highest honors, whereas poor falls somewhere in the category of "unacceptable" in the eyes of the university.

Each accreditation meeting consists of a randomly assigned board of members throughout the Lehigh community. The panel consists of professors, organizational leaders, and members of the interfraternity greek council (IFC) or panhellenic council. Unfortunately, this arbitrary assignment leaves room for a discrepancy between councils who are given the duty of determining the outcomes for each chapter. My chapter can attest to said disparity given experiences with one faculty member whose background results in a rigid outlook on the greek community, particularly as it pertains to women's rights.

Going through accreditation as a first-year and sitting through her apparent attempt to berate our chapter left me with a sour taste in my mouth toward the process as a whole. I felt the process was unfair and judgmental on a rather mundane basis, as we are forced to summarize all of our chapter's endeavors in a mere 40 minutes. When I walked into accreditation this year, her face was the first I saw. I immediately felt myself and the rest of my sisters tense up, ready to cringe at the assorted list of wrong-doings she was going to pull from our presentation.

When our chapter's accreditation board concluded its presentation and it was time for questions, the faculty member, as expected, said her piece. However, although riddled with harsh undertones and perhaps a slight distaste for our tactics, I found myself appreciating her viewpoints and her concerns. They were simply a matter of us learning how to prepare our chapter, as women, for the future, whether that be in finding our own voices in the workplace, or combatting sexual harassment and other malicious actions we may face.

It was then that I realized that accreditation is not simply a panel of judges looking to castigate groups of young men and women for the way they have built up their chapters, but rather a group of adults who want to prepare us for the world that lies ahead of us, as we have never experienced life outside of the walls of a school. I believe it is extremely important for the men and women of the Greek organizations at any university who is forced through the accreditation process should learn not to take it for granted, but with the perspective of using the meeting to better ourselves as individuals within a larger community, and one day, the outside world. So, to the woman on our accreditation panel who so vigorously challenged us in order for us to see where it is that we are going wrong in order to learn to go right, I thank you. Your criticisms are appreciated perhaps more than you know.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

15 Black-Owned Haircare Brands That Cater As Much To Inclusivity As They Do To Your Locks

Championing Black entrepreneurs who make some of our hair favorites.

The haircare industry is vast. With the rise of social media came hundreds of thousands of empowered, niche brands. Single entrepreneurs came out of the woodwork with hair brands that now, years later, have dedicated cult followings.

Of those multitudes of brands, few cater to all hair types, most made without regard for curly or coily hair. These brands, however, are different.

Keep Reading... Show less

Minorities are consistently under-represented in our day-to-day lives, notably in the world of fashion. It's likely you're looking for a way to support black artists. Whether that's the case or you're just a fashion-lover in general, these brands aren't just some of the best black-owned fashion brands — they're some of the most innovative brands of our time, period.

From luxury staples to fun accessories and loungewear, these brands aren't just stunning names you should definitely be following on Instagram, each honors the founder's roots in unique ways with the power of storytelling through artistic expression that manifests in pieces we can't wait to wear.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

10 Home Items You Need For Stress Relief, On The Days You 'Literally Cannot'

Fill your home with peaceful, calming coping mechanisms.

I'd like to think that 2020 is teaching us a lot. Or will teach us a lot. Or will be a story we tell at parties one day. Ultimately, this year has been — and is probably going to continue to be — a bit of a mess.

At the beginning of the year, Australia was on fire and we mourned the death of Kobe Bryant. Then, coronavirus (COVID-19) took our spring and shut us in our homes, inciting panic over public health and sparking political upheaval at every decision made by local and federal officials alike. Now, a week after George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a nationwide conversation is reignited with protests regarding racial injustice in the United States. There is an enormous amount of tension, hurt, and change that is upon the American people.

Keep Reading... Show less

No matter who you are (an introvert, person of color, member of the LGBTQ+ community, Scorpio, TikToker, you name it), we want to hear what dating in America is like for you and the thoughts you have while working through the talking stage, first dates, navigating love, working through dating problems, etc.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

30 Black-Owned Skincare Brands Every Beauty-Lover Should Know About In 2020

They're not changing the game — they're making a new one.

Skin is something most beauty-lovers obsess over from our early teens, whether our aim is to be glowier, softer, dewier, or poreless, most of us are consistently tracking a new skincare goal. No matter how many products we try, we'll likely forage on with the goal of IRL Photoshopped skin, no matter how many dollars go to them.

The black-founded skincare brands below are the brainchildren of extreme dedication and resilience within the privileged world of beauty. Born out of resilient entrepreneurs overcoming circumstance in a world that does not favor business people of color, these brands have loyal cult followings, and with good reason.

Keep Reading... Show less

A huge part of being in a relationship is communication and, well, part of communication is listening. So, why not have a little fun with your partner and see just how well they know you?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

7 Ways You Can Safely Attend A Protest In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Wear a mask, but speak up.

It seems like coronavirus (COVID-19) has been around forever now. Life before masks and with public sporting events is a distant memory, hoping to make a comeback sometime this year. We've all had to make some sort of life changes to abide by this pandemic's rules. But that doesn't mean everything has stopped. On May 25, George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, sparking a cry for justice and racial equality across the nation.

For the last week, protests have taken place in major cities like New York City, LA, DC, Chicago, Phoenix, Portland, Dallas, and Floyd's hometown of Minneapolis. Many of the cities experiencing protests have begun phased reopening, while others (specifically New York City and LA) have yet to begin phase one of post-coronavirus reopening.

As COVID-19 is hardly in our rearview mirror, there are extra precautions protestors can take as they advocate for justice.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Helpful, Effective Mental Health Resources Specifically For The Black Community

These organizations are qualified, caring, and acknowledging the mental trauma individuals are experiencing.

On May 25, George Floyd died after being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer. In the last week, protests have sprung up across the nation, demanding justice for Floyd and accountability for police brutality. Social media has also seen widespread conversation regarding Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter, and racism in the United States. Today is #BlackoutTuesday, where many are sharing a single black square to represent unity and support for Black voices.

In light of the heavy climate that our country is facing, it is a safe assumption that many individuals' mental health may be suffering. We wanted to highlight mental health resources and organizations that are Black-owned and prepared to assist in whatever you're going through.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments