On April 10, 2019, more than 200 students and alumni of National Panhellenic Conference sororities and North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternities energetically swarmed Capitol Hill to interact with Members of Congress and their staff on key issues impacting the inter-fraternal community. During the day, more than 470 individual meetings were held in Congressional offices.
The discussions centered around the value of the Greek experience as well as active and impending legislation related to hazing and freedom of association. In particular, the teams of students and alumni expressed support for the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act (H.R. 662/S. 706) and the Educational Notification and Disclosure of Actions risking Loss of Life (END ALL) by Hazing Act which is about to be introduced in the House and the Senate. Both the REACH and END ALL Hazing Acts would increase transparency and accountability around hazing incidents and would augment the extensive anti-hazing education and programming fraternities and sororities are already providing.
In addition, the teams made the Congressional offices aware of the Collegiate Freedom of Association Act. This Act, expected to be introduced this summer, would ensure that the freedom of association rights stipulated in the Constitution are preserved for single-sex organizations on college campuses so fraternities and sororities (and other single-sex organizations) would be protected against disparate regulation as compared to rules imposed on other student groups.
RECEPTION AND DINNER
FSPAC staged its annual Congressional reception and dinner on the evening of April 10, 2019 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC. Nearly 300 guests celebrated in a packed ballroom and heard from Members of Congress and inter-fraternal leaders about the relevance and importance of the fraternity and sorority experience, and the vital role that legislative advocacy serves to defend and preserve that experience.
Some phenomenal fundraising performance numbers were announced including attaining more donors in the first three months of 2019 than in all of 2018 (which had been the highest yearly total since FSPAC was founded in 2005). Also unveiled were the results of the very spirited competition among FSPAC member groups to raise the most money and secure the most donors.
Catch up on the latest FSPAC news by reading our spring newsletter. Inside you’ll find an update from President Howard Pickett, ΣN, a 2019 political affairs update, and more.