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The Single-Gender Organization That Accepted Me Is NOT Exclusive

Just look at all the women we've included in our sorority. Well, some of them didn't make it to the last round, but we can ignore that.

For the past two years in SigmaDeltaBetathanyou, I’ve seriously met some of the most compassionate and accepting people at Harvard. This community just screams inclusivity and empowerment, and it is simply outrageous that the administration has decided to group my organization with all of the icky exclusive organizations that rejected me.

Like, come on, all of us who weren’t punched by final clubs know how awful and exclusive they are. And don’t get me started on the sororities that cut me after the first round— can you believe how limiting and harmful they can be? Those groups are clearly the ones that pose a danger to social life and inclusivity at Harvard— not mine. Look, all I’m saying is that I was fine with imposing restrictions on students’ right to freely assemble until it affected the space that is truly and undeniably inclusive (for me)!

I can’t even imagine what’s going to happen next. How will we be able to survive as a co-ed organization? Will our values of inclusivity, openness, and acceptance be able to withstand this? As if we weren’t already inclusive enough, now we have to recognize a whole different 50% of Harvard’s population. That’s not what true inclusivity is about—the real goal of a social space is to create an environment where women at Harvard (named me) feel fully comfortable being themselves. Maybe if I change my cover photo to a picture of me and all the other select few people who made it into our organization, that’ll show Harvard who the real exclusive groups are.

The point I'm trying to make is this: we, members of Harvard's unaffiliated sororities, are just trying to provide a safe and empowering space. Harvard is trampling all over this right, and we will take action. Now is the time, and this is the issue that demands all of our attention. And I mean all of it. So let's get together and fight exclusivity. That is, unless you weren't recruited. 


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