WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita State students took on the race controversy that was ignited by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video at the University of Oklahoma during a brown bag lunch Thursday.
They held a forum to promote inclusion, not hate.
“I’ve met SAE’s from all over the country, that I think are doing really great things for race relations.”
Thursday’s event was sponsored by WSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It was pretty clear from the group’s response what happened in Norman is not a reflection on the Greek system in Wichita.
“We wanted to make sure to send the message, we do not tolerate that here at Wichita State University, and the chapter here at Sigma Alpha Epsilon does not participate in any of those things at all,” said Joseph Shepard, WSU Multicultural Greek Council President.
Fraternity and sorority members, along with non-Greeks, had an open discussion about race, and what the Wichita State campus can do to keep pushing for inclusion.
“I have never heard that song before, that’s not who we are at this university. We continue doing exactly what we are doing, which is being inclusive with everyone else,” said Nathan Lohkamp, SAE Wichita State Chapter President.
Wichta State University leaders say what happened in Oklahoma will teach students to stand up to racism in the Greek system.
“Our students have to have the courage, and that’s hard for a 20, 21, 22 year old young person to tell a 50, 55, 60 year old alumni we’re not going to do it this way anymore, this is not acceptable, this can’t be the way we continue to do business,” said Wade Robinson, Vice President for Student Affairs.
The SAE chapter at the University of Oklahoma was kicked off of campus. Two of students in the video expelled from school.