Through peer education, campus outreach, and survivor support, the Delta Advocate program unifies the sorority and fraternity community in preventing sexual and interpersonal violence and providing an empathetic and informed response to survivors. Delta Advocates provide a non-judgmental environment where their peers can freely discuss their experiences with and the impacts of sexual and interpersonal violence, and serve as a connection to support and reporting resources on campus and in the community. Delta Advocates collaborate with campus and community partners to ensure that chapters are involved in bringing interpersonal violence prevention to the wider campus. The Delta Advocate program engages the fraternity and sorority community in open and meaningful dialogue around interpersonal and sexual violence and empowers our members to be active participants in creating a safer and more supportive fraternity and sorority community at Carolina.
History of Delta Advocates
In Spring 2014, the Panhellenic Association, in conjunction with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Wellness, and the Carolina Women’s Center, proposed the creation of a program to provide the Panhellenic community at UNC – Chapel Hill with access to education, support, and resources related to interpersonal violence and sexual assault prevention and response—Delta Advocates. Representatives of each of the 11 Panhellenic chapters approved moving forward with implementation for Fall 2014.
As planning began in earnest, staff from Equal Opportunity & Compliance and leaders in the Panhellenic community joined the planning group. The first cohort of 20 Delta Advocates was selected in October 2014 following a competitive application process. From November 2014 through March 2015, advocates completed HAVEN, One Act for Greeks, and an additional 18 hours of training to prepare them to serve their chapters. They receive ongoing training and support from UNC staff through their year-long tenure.
Starting with the 2016 cohort, the Delta Advocates program expanded to include women and female-identified members of GAC and NPHC chapters.
Cassidy Johnson: Gender Violence Services Coordinator, Carolina Women’s Center
Holly Lovern: Gender Violence Services Coordinator, Carolina Women’s Center
Cherie Michaud: Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement
Kelli Raker: Coordinator for Violence Prevention Programs, Student Wellness
Audrey Walker: Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement