A Letter from our Director of Inclusivity, Selena Neptune-Bear
My name is Selena Neptune-Bear and I am from the Penobscot Indian Reservation in Maine. I am part of both the Penobscot and Maliseet tribes and hope to pursue Federal Indian Law following Dartmouth. I rushed Alpha Phi because I wanted to be part of a house of powerful women that pushed me to be my best self and have fun at the same time. I currently serve as Diversity and Inclusivity Chair of the Iota Kappa chapter. My three main goals for this position are to make sisters feel comfortable, valued, and safe in Alpha Phi and on campus as a whole, to celebrate the unique backgrounds of each and every sister that makes our house diverse, and to create a set of standards we want to hold each sister to so everyone is proud of the house they represent. Our exec board was proud to introduce this position just a couple years ago, as we saw a need to emphasize female empowerment in a more intersectional manner. Since this position was founded we have created a task force of ten women that plan events to celebrate our unique backgrounds. As a task force we stay up to date on campus events in an effort to encourage a wider range of activities our house may participate in. Additionally, we plan termly events, such as, culture night, self-care nights, Movement Against Violence trainings, and discussions on female empowerment in Greek spaces hosted by guest speakers. We understand that concepts of inclusivity vary for everyone, and so, we rely on our sisters in the house along with the campus as a whole to hold us accountable for upholding our goals. It is this desire to be constantly improving and learning that makes me proud to represent this position and Alpha Phi at Dartmouth.