Former Phi Sigma Sigma President Alison Janega has disaffiliated from the sorority after a racist photo posted to her Snapchat account emerged, according to an email sent to chapter members Sunday.
Janega relinquished her membership Saturday, a day after she announced she would resign from her leadership position in the chapter. She stepped down at a chapter-wide meeting called Friday to allow sorority members to “come together and condemn her comment which did not align with our values,” according to the email.
“We seek to use our voice, intellect, influence and resources as women on this campus to eliminate those barriers,” the email states. “It is our hope that the greater GW community is able to learn from our mistake.”
The disaffiliation follows a decision from Vice President of Student Affairs Cissy Petty to prohibit Panhellenic Association sororities from holding social events this fall or participating in informal fall recruitment. The email states that chapter members will “focus on education on how to identify bias within ourselves” and “build the skills” to effectively confront “acts of racism, cultural insensitivity and discrimination” moving forward.
“We acknowledge our own failure and we will spend the coming weeks and months engaging with one another and our community in meaningful dialogue about the impact of the racially insensitive post and larger community climate concerns outlined in the email from Dr. Petty on Saturday,” the email states.