The small size of National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations compared to those of the Panhellenic Council can serve as a barrier for involvement in programs such as Delta Advocates.
“We’re trying to manage a sorority, a business, an organization, and it’s kind of harder when you have smaller numbers, but we try the best we can,” Sturdivant said. “That should be taken into account when validating whether or not we care about domestic abuse or relationship violence.”
Michelle Leung, president of the Greek Alliance Council, said in an email a representative from Delta Advocates came to a general body meeting and sparked interest in both the sororities and individual members.
She said because Greek Alliance Council numbers are low, the individuals trained will serve the entire Greek Alliance Council community as well as the UNC community, not just their individual chapters.
Advocates share information they hear from survivors only with Cassidy Johnson, gender violence services coordinator for the Advocates' leadership team. Johnson only follows up with students who indicate that they want her to do so.
“When someone goes and talks to a Delta Advocate, they would be communicating with the Delta Advocate leadership team,” Mullendore said. “But it’s still confidential. Nothing would be reported without the student’s consent.”
The leadership team is comprised of Cassidy Johnson, Gender Violence Services coordinator for the Carolina Women’s Center; Jenn Scott, Title IX program coordinator; Audrey Walker and Cherie Michaud in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Kelli Raker of Student Wellness.
“The program is meant to kind of be that first step before they report so they can understand the process and feel supported,” Mullendore said.
Training for Delta Advocates is changing with this second cohort this year to include more comprehensive methods.
“Delta Advocates have to complete HAVEN and One Act training,” Scott said. “Then we are going to try to do a retreat that really focuses on the knowledge and dynamics of sexual assault.”
Advocates will go through evening trainings about prevention and resources for survivors. The program will be around 30 hours total.
To get the day's news and headlines in your inbox each morning, sign up for our email newsletters.
“This is the first year of the program. I think it’s been really successful and really well-received in the community,” Mullendore said. “It’s very much still in the building stage of really figuring out how the program is really going to work.”
Mullendore and Scott both said what’s next for the program has yet to be determined.
“As we continue to expand, we’re looking how to include men,” Scott said.