SCSU sorority faces backlash over social media video

SCSU sorority faces backlash over social media video

NEW HAVEN — A video depicting members of a Southern Connecticut State University sorority allegedly mocking another sorority has led to backlash on social media and a statement from the school’s president.

On Jan. 28, a video was posted on Instagram and subsequently other platforms with alleged members of Omega Zeta Pi displaying hand signs and movements associated with the Zeta Phi Beta sorority in an allegedly mocking fashion.

The video shows multiple young women at an apparent party. The women are cheering loudly and one woman is seen making the hand gestures and movements. Between the cheering and music in the background, it is unclear what is being said in the video.

Zeta Phi Beta is a 102-year-old organization founded at Howard University by five women of color during a time when students of color were not allowed to join Greek life organizations due to race, the sorority said in a letter to SCSU President Joe Bertolino on Instagram.

In the letter, chapter President Ashley del Carmen Perez wrote that those in the video were mocking Zeta Phi Beta’s cultural and historic values, which hold deep cultural significance to current and future members.

She also wrote that Omega Zeta Pi members have significant reach and impact on the student body through roles in student leadership positions.

Allegedly, this is not the first time the sorority has acted in a disrespectful manner toward Zeta Phi Beta, the president wrote.