“a quaint and politically incorrect twist on the ever popular Cinco de Mayo …” 
- party participant 

The Definition of "La Raza"


....Update: Phi Sigma Pi Suspends Members & Mandates Diversity Classes
May 10, 2007

Dear Campus Alliance de La Raza, University of Delaware, and Community Members, 

Phi Sigma Pi has carried through with disciplinary action against the members accused of racist acts.  These individuals have been suspended from the organization for the duration of one year, with the added saction that they attend diversity classes.

We do not tolerate bigotry or discimination in any form and stand firmly behind our convictions for diversity and freedom from prejudice.

Thank You,

Emily Hueber
2007/2008 President: Phi Sigma Pi


May 9, 2007




May 8, 2007
As many of you know, on May 5, 2007, a handful of students from the University of Delaware organized a racially themed “South of the Border” party. 

Pictures of the party were posted online and immediately created an outcry from thousands of people across the nation.

La Raza, Phi Sigma Pi and a never-ending list of other university and community based organizations condemned this type of behavior.

The offending students have offered deep and sincere public apologies, and their organization has pledged to take corrective action against them.

In an effort to begin the healing process, La Raza and Phi Sigma Pi jointly announced a Town Hall forum, to take place tomorrow (May 9) at 8:00pm in the George Read Town Hall.

This forum will serve as an informal and interactive opportunity to engage each other on the deeper issues surrounding the events from a few days ago.  As a community, we need to embrace those who offended us, and come together to ensure that something like this never happens again.

The Executive Boards of La Raza and Phi Sigma Pi, along with the dozens of supporting on campus organizations, hope that you will be able to join us in this discussion.  Please feel free to forward this notice to all those who may be interested in attending.

Hopefully I’ll see you all tomorrow evening.

In an effort to begin the healing process, La Raza is taking down the names and blurring the faces of the individuals involved.

Jissell Martinez
President: The Campus Alliance de La Raza

May 7, 2007
Racism is alive and well at the University of Delaware, recently illustrated by members of the UD Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi national co-ed honor fraternity. 

The Campus Alliance de La Raza identified the members of Phi Sigma Pi as recent participants of a “South of the Border” party that took place on the 5th of May (Pictures Below).

On Monday, May 7, 2007, La Raza engaged in a public awareness campaign, encouraging its community allies and students at all La Raza chapters to take action.  Within hours, it was clear that our campaign was a huge success.

We immediately began an open dialogue with the local and national chapters of Phi Sigma Pi in an effort to encourage them to take corrective action.  They issued statements, declaring that the conduct of its few members was not an accurate representation of the organization as a whole.  They condemned such behavior and offered to work with us in the future to promote cultural sensitivity.  Their statements are provided below.

Although the local and national chapters have made it clear that they do not support the conduct of their members, it is important that they take corrective action.

More than lip service is required.  We demand that the local and national chapters back up their words with action.  Failure to do so will serve as an unfortunate yet public declaration that these organizations indirectly support this type of behavior.

Additionally, the CALR and its supporters thank the University of Delaware for responding so swiftly, but we insist that these students be processed through the Office of Judicial Affairs if any university policies have been violated.

Racism must not be tolerated - especially at our institutions of higher education.

Please note that the CALR invites the offending members of Phi Sigma Pi to send letters of apology addressed to the entire UD community.  Letters may be sent to TheCALR@hotmail.com, and if received, they will be posted here.

More updates will be posted as they become available.

.All inquiries and letters of support should be forwarded to TheCALR@hotmail.com.  Thank you in advance!
Thanks to our allies at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for bringing these racist acts to our attention.

Es La Verdad – En La Union Esta La Fuerza! 
It is true – In Unity is Strength!

~The CALR Executive Board

Dear Campus Alliance de La Raza and the University of Delaware Community,

I apologize for the offense and hurt that my actions, at Friday's party, have caused. In no way were these outfits, or these pictures meant to offend anyone. I did not fully understand, at the time these pictures were taken, how harmful the idea of dressing in this way could be to a community. I also did not understand what this world truly meant and it makes me extremely upset to think that anyone who does or does not know me believes that I am racist. My entire life I have wokred to uphold the idea that all people are equal. My use of malicious language or stereotypes does not reflect my personal views or beliefs and was a complete and utter serious misjudgment. When confronted by acts of racism in the past I have always stood up for openness and acceptance, which is why I am so disappointed in myself today. I strongly believe in the cause that the Campus Alliance de La Raza stands for and wish whole heartedly that I could take back my actions. I am more than willing to speak with representatives from this or any other concerned organization on campus. I accept full responsibility for my serious mistake and will do whatever I can to right this incredible wrong. 


Dear Campus Alliance de La Raza and the University of Delaware Community,

I want to express my sincerest apologies to the members of CALR, the Hispaniccommunity as a whole, and those from the entire University of Delaware community who may have been offended by my actions. I am terribly sorry for what I have done. What was written on my shirt in no way reflects my personal views or the views of the members of Phi Sigma Pi.

I want to make it clear that my actions were not executed with any malicious intent. The use of the phrase was intended to be light-hearted and funny. Never did I wish to degrade the Hispanic community, and at the time, I did not expect that it would be taken so offensively.  In this, I made a serious error in judgment.  I am aware of the grave mistake I made; it was wrong, hurtful, and
offensive for me to do what I did. I regret what I did and I am sorry for the pain and disrespect I caused. I acknowledge my mistake and take full responsibility for my actions. This error in judgment will never happen again.

I will use the recent events as an opportunity to learn from my mistakes.  I hope to work with CALR and other groups on campus in the future to promote awareness and to educate others.  I am disappointed in myself and acknowledge how wrong I was to do what I did.  I am deeply and truly sorry for my hurtful, offensive, and disrespectful actions.

Dear Campus Alliance de La Raza,

My name is *** and I am the person wearing the red Mexico shirt displayed on your website. I am very sorry that these pictures have caused you pain, and that my attire has reflected a racist attitude in your eyes. I can assure you that I have always considered myself an individual who openly accepted others, and I had no intention of causing any damage with this attire. I would like to express to your organization and the campus community, my deepest apologies for the pain and offense that I have caused anyone. To make
amends, I would like to work with your organization to grow and learn from these accusations. Again, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the damage that has been done.

Dear members of The Campus Alliance de La Raza and the University of Delaware Community,

My name is *** and I am one of the individuals accused of taking part in racist conduct last Friday night. To clarify, I am wearing the green shirt with "Mexico" written on the front and "Full of Tequila" written on the back. I cannot even begin to describe my feelings of deep regret and embarrassment regarding my choice of outfit in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. I apologize from the bottom of my heart to anyone who was offended by what was written on my shirt. My intention behind wearing this shirt was in no way malicious, but nonetheless I am disappointed in myself for offending so many people. I can assure everyone that these allegations against me do not reflect my personal beliefs. My hope is that I can learn from this experience and go on to bridge the racial divide within the UD community and aid The Campus Alliance de La Raza and other organizations alike in their fight against prejudice and racial inequality. 

Dear Campus Alliance de La Raza and the University of Delaware Community,

My name is **** and I am e-mailing you tonight in reference to your website and the actions of Friday night.   I am the person in the white shirt with "Mexico" on the front and "Spicy" on the back.  Please understand that in no way was it my intention to be offensive to you or anyone else in anyway.  At the time I did not believe my shirt conveyed racist ideals, however, I in no way wished to hurt anyone and because my shirt did, I am deeply sorry.  I do not condone any racist actions, or clothing worn at that party, or in any other situation, and please believe that this shirt was not created with the intention to offend. This being said, please understand that this event was not a Phi Sigma Pi event.  Many non-members of the organization attended the event and this was not a sanctioned or condoned event by our organization.  Again I apologize for offending you or anyone else.  It was never my intention to do this type of damage. 


Dear Members of the Campus Alliance de La Raza and the University of Delaware Community, 

 I am deeply sorry for what I did. I cannot fully express to you in words the regret I am feeling right now for the pain that I have caused. It was such a stupid thing for me to do. I am not a person who thinks badly of other people. I am a person who is accepting of all groups of people. But I did a really stupid thing. I did not mean to hurt anyone by this. I made a terrible error in judgment. I dressed in an offensive costume with a stupid and hurtful saying written on it, and I feel awful knowing that this costume has hurt so many people. What I did was wrong and insulting. But the person you see in these photos is not representative of who I am, nor is it the type of person I want to be. I would do anything to take my actions back. 

To those I have hurt, I am so sorry from the bottom of my heart for the pain I have caused you. Please know that the insulting sentiments portrayed in the pictures are so contrary to how I truly feel about the students on this campus and the minority population. 

I am actively working to improve myself and learn from this grave mistake. I am deeply sorry that I have done this. 

Response from UD Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi

Dear Members of CALR, 

My name is Brian Brady and I am the president of Phi Sigma Pi National Co-Ed Honor Fraternity.  I, as president, and we as the Executive Committee are deeply concerned and offended by the actions of a number of our organization's members and non-members (not all of the people mentioned on the CALR website regarding this issue are members of Phi Sigma Pi).  Such conduct, you clearly agree, is unacceptable, immature, and hurtful to others.  I sympathize with your concern and support you in your efforts to raise awareness about and take action against racism, in this and other instances.  However, I need to inform you that this event was in no way sponsored or endorsed by Phi Sigma Pi. Phi Sigma Pi is a co-ed (non-Greek) honor fraternity, classified by the university as an honor society, founded on the principles of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. Embracing diversity, different peoples, different ideas, and different cultures are among our highest of ideals.  Sadly, a number of our members apparently do no not share these ideals.  Know that action is being taken against them and we are taking this matter VERY seriously.

We are concerned, however, that this unhappy circumstance has been linked to Phi Sigma Pi as an organization.  The event in which these people were participants was not a part of our organization, and neither does it reflect the majority of its members nor its ideals.  We are in contact with our national organization and the University's administration in an attempt to sort out this issue and take the appropriate course of action.  In the meantime, we would like  to establish a dialogue between your organization and other student groups, like CALR, in an attempt to illustrate that this reprehensible behavior should not be taken as a reflection of our organization.  We are proud members of the campus community, are founded on the ideals of knowledge and service, and plan and sponsor such events as the campus wide Hope Bowl to benefit AIDS Delaware and Kick The Silence to raise awareness and funding  for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse in our local community. 

... This event was in no way endorsed by or representative of Phi Sigma Pi.  While it certainly is an indecent display of racism, it is an individual matter, not an organizational one. I do not believe it is the fault of our organization but is the isolated actions of a number of its members, whom we are now in contact with and against whom action is being taken.  I embrace your concern and would like to help you in taking action over this matter and other instances of racism; I know that Phi Sigma Pi, as an organization, and the vast majority of its members are united with you in this cause and would enjoy working with you now and in the future to correct attitudes, change minds, create awareness and stop racism on our campus. I would appreciate hearing from you as soon as possible, as these matters are best discussed in person.

Brian Brady and the Executive Committee

Response from National Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi
The National Office of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity has been notified of conduct and actions of some of its members from our Alpha Eta Chapter at the University of Delaware. In accordance with federal as well as state law, Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity does not condone discriminatory conduct or behavior. Moreover, this conduct is contrary to our mission, by which we strive to personify and encourage three ideals: 1. The acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through scholarship, 2. The application of professional skills and the fostering of leadership qualities by promoting and advancing the welfare of humanity, and 3. The fostering of non-discriminatory, fraternal fellowship within Phi Sigma Pi's ranks. The National Office has received confirmation by the Alpha Eta Chapter President Brian Brady that this event was neither sponsored nor endorsed by the organization. The National Office is currently investigating.

Letter From UD President David Roselle
A Message for the University
May 8, 2007

To the University of Delaware community:

Educational institutions depend on the fair and open exchange of ideas, and crucial to that exchange is respect for others.

This week, much attention has been drawn to a party attended by several students that celebrated racist stereotypes of Latino/Latina culture. The full University response to this provocation is not yet apparent, but clearly such actions are counter to the values we endorse as a University, specifically the commitment to celebrate the diversity of our culture. Please know that the University of Delaware will evidence that ours must be a diverse and supportive community that provides a safe and hospitable environment for all students, faculty and staff, without regard to racial and ethnic background, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

I urge all members of the student body, faculty, staff and professionals to join me in decrying insensitive and thoughtless behavior that can cause hurt to others. We must work together to ensure that everyone in our community feels the support that is crucial for them to accomplish their educational and personal goals.


David P. Roselle