Office of the Dean of Students          

Cultural Consciousness

At the University of Texas at Austin, we are dedicated to attracting highly-qualified students, faculty, and staff of all races, ethnicities, peoples, nationalities, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, socioeconomic statuses, disabilities, and health histories, regardless of their marital, parental, age, veteran, or citizenship status.

Our mission in Sorority and Fraternity Life is to shape a values-based sorority and fraternity experience. We cultivate educational and leadership development, in collaboration with individuals and organizations, to foster a culturally consciousness, safe and responsible community contributing to a positive sisterhood, brotherhood and siblinghood.

Cultural consciousness represents an individual's recognition, respect and tolerance that is demonstrated toward other cultures including their own culture and those that are not represented in their environment. It can be defined as the process of developing awareness of culture in the self, which can result in expanding understandings of culture and developing deeper cultural knowledge about other individuals and context.

Our council communities and chapters have been committed to this work in a variety of ways such as creating actionable statements, donating time and money to social justice efforts and through programming for their community members and the larger UT community.

As an office, it is our belief that the initiatives outlined below support our office's commitment to cultural consciousness. We have categorized these initiatives into three categories: Education, Service and Awareness

Cultural Consciousness Categories

Education

Service / Philanthropy

Awareness

History of Sorority and Fraternity Life

For many of us, we only know the history of our own Greek organizations. Through this presentation, students will gain a better understanding about the evolution of fraternal organizations at The University of Texas at Austin, along with our diverse array of council communities. This presentation also includes historical societal movements parallel to the growth of our UT Austin Sorority and Fraternity Community. Learn more about the history of Sorority and Fraternity Life.

Campus Resources

Videos

Podcast/Audio

Institutional Racism Supplemental Reading