Delta Phi Epsilon Pi Sorority Demands for More SIS Regional Courses
November 4, 2018
Delta Phi Epsilon: Professional Foreign Service Sorority has compiled a list of regional courses within SIS as well as regional courses that could possibly be approved for SIS. Under the Professional Development Chair, a committee of 6 sisters have worked over the past two months to meet with SIS faculty, professors, as well as Dean Chin and Assistant Dean Shinko. The goal of these meetings was to express our concern and frustration about the lack of regional courses within SIS and assess how we could work with our current resources in order to increase the number of regional courses offered as well as accessibility to them.
Regional courses, often those not focused on Europe, lack variety and are not offered each semester. With a limited number of courses that may or may not be offered each semester, SIS students often change their majors or regional focuses in order to ensure that they fulfill their graduation requirements on time.
Although SIS advisors have created a lists of courses from other schools that could count as regional courses with SIS, students have expressed that this list has never been made available and the classes from this list are never recommended. This is not only academically irresponsible, forcing students to change what they’d like to study or possibly graduate late, but it jeopardizes students’ professional development. International Relations is a broad field that requires regional specialization. Study abroad and taking courses through the consortium are not accessible to those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, students should not HAVE to take courses outside of our institution in order to graduate.
SIS released a survey last week regarding regional courses. This 30-second survey came after our presentation of our concerns to SIS, and we found this to not be a contributor to our goals in any way. This survey simply asks about student’s regional courses or plans to study abroad, which advisors already have access to through our four year planning sessions, and there are no short answer spaces for students to give feedback. Furthermore, this wasn’t sent to all students in SIS making the survey defunct.
What we seeking from SIS is for the provision of regional classes required to graduate. As students paying over $60,000 a year, we should not have to take time from our academic, professional and personal lives to ensure that each region provides 3 classes (the 9 credit hours required) for students to graduate on time, with the regional specialization that they wanted. Consequently, as DPE continues to work toward the provision of regional courses, we hope that this list provides options to those struggling to fulfill regional requirements. Our Professional Development Committee has worked to research and provide information for these courses, but we also encourage students to search the Course Catalog in their own time in the case that our committee overlooked any courses. We also recognize that courses focussed on the arts or history are not replacements for important courses on socio-economic or politically focussed courses, but we hope this list can begin aiding the retention of courses within SIS and within underrepresented regional courses.
We are continuing to meet with prominent figures in the administration to present our deep concerns for the lack of regional courses. For our upcoming meeting, we’d appreciate student testimonies about their experiences with regional courses in SIS. If you have struggled, please fill out this survey. If your organization would like to work with and support DPE in this matter, please reach out to our Professional Development Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Phi Epsilon Pi Sorority Unequivocally Denounces Terrence Boyle
July 24th, 2018
Yesterday, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article detailing the allegations of racism and sexism which many members of DPE organizations have brought against the national secretary, Terrence Boyle. While we have historically limited our interactions with Mr. Boyle to necessary, formal requirements, we too have been witness to his sexist, racist, and outdated style of governance. We are committed to rejecting his bigotry in all its forms, and offer our unconditional support to those in our organization who have been directly affected by it.
At Pi Chapter, our definition of sisterhood has meant that we are committed to building a sisterhood that is not defined by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, or nationality but that is strengthened by diversity. We are dedicated to fostering diversity and equality through our organization and our service.
The executive board of Delta Phi Epsilon Pi Chapter Sorority at American University joins our fellow sorority chapters and members of DPE in unequivocally denouncing Terrence Boyle. Over the past few weeks, our executive board has been in regular contact with that of other chapters as we find a path forward for our organization. As our path forward becomes clear, we will bring it first to our sisterhood and then to the public.