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Why One School Decided To Make All Of Its Fraternities And Sororities Co-Ed


The move towards gender equality in traditionally all-male national fraternities is not unprecedented. While many schools have simply removed Greek life from campus if it becomes a serious enough problem, Wesleyan is following in the footsteps of fellow Connecticut school Trinity College, which in 2012 ordered its fraternities and sororities to go co-ed.

Although progress has been less concrete than initially anticipated — the original plan called for 15% of the minority gender in each organization by October 2014 — the college still hopes to remove any gender disparity from its Greek houses. However, all seven of the school's single-sex Greek houses remain as divided as they were before the co-ed mandate in 2012.

A wide-ranging report in 2012 from the school's Charter Committee — which had been charged to imagine what Trinity would look like in 2023, its 200th anniversary — found that "when we look at the fraternity and sorority population at Trinity in isolation, it is apparent that they stand apart from their Trinity peers." The distinctions were predominantly negative.

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