Chi Phi Clarifies Membership Policy for Greater Inclusion

By October 18, 2016Media Statements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE
For more information, please contact:
Michael Azarian, Executive Director
Chi Phi Fraternity
1160 Satellite Blvd. NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
azarian@chiphi.org

June 30, 2016

Chi Phi Clarifies Membership Policy for Greater Inclusion Undergraduate members of the Chi Phi Fraternity led an initiative at its 151st Congress, the organization’s annual convention, to change its membership policy in an effort to be more inclusive of transgender students. The Congress adopted an amendment clarifying membership eligibility to include any male as defined by valid legal documentation. “We felt this amendment to Chi Phi’s Constitution would change the conversation surrounding transgender men and their ability to join the Fraternity,” said Sam Borchart, the undergraduate chairman of the Committee of Membership. “The fact that this change comes as a result of Congressional vote is a testament that our Fraternity and its individual members want to make Chi Phi more inclusive. One change is never a stopping point, and we hope this opens the door to further discussion about inclusivity, particularly for transgender men who want to join us in brotherhood.” This change was student driven, with a chapter originally bringing the suggestion to light and a student committee moving the policy shift to a vote. Each local Chi Phi chapter selects its own members and will have the opportunity to pledge transgender men effective immediately. ### Founded in 1824 at Princeton University the Chi Phi Fraternity exists to build better men through lifelong friendships, leadership opportunities, and character development.




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