The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at the University of New Mexico is being investigated for allegedly making racist comments and mocking an African-American speaker at a university Greek life event.
According to reports, active members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority were heard saying racist comments such as “Black people get away from me,” and “Black people stop wearing grills,” at a Greek life event on September 17.
The report from KOAT states that the sorority sisters also allegedly mocked the speaker of the event, Dr. Stephanie McIver. Dr. McIver is the school’s African American director of counseling at Student Health and Counseling.
NAACP UNM chapter president Nieajua Gonzalez confronted the member accused of making the comments. She says the student admitting to saying everything.
“I’m sorry, I said there is no way that you could have said that that was going to make it appropriate. Do you understand how offensive that is?” Gonzalez said.
KOAT reached out to the national branch of KKG and they responded saying they are aware of the incident and have reached out to the members involved privately. The statement goes on to say:
“KKG values diversity and inclusion among our membership, and we encourage our members to promote and demonstrate an understanding of these values, both on the college campus and in the world community.”
University of New Mexico president Garnett Stokes released the following statement about the racist incident:
“I have recently engaged with members of the Black Student Alliance and African American Student Services, and take to heart their concerns about our campus climate, and opportunities for improvement. Creating and sustaining a welcoming and respectful environment at UNM is a shared responsibility, that must be infused across both academic and social dimensions of campus life.”
Members of the University of New Mexico Black Student Union had a meeting with school officials about the incident on Monday, September 24.