R-word is the organization that sponsors Spread the Word to End the Word. “Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people. Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.”
The campaign has spread all over the country and this year there is a new participating chapter of Pi Kappa Phi who is helping raise awareness and are spreading the word to end the word.
The Delta Sigma Chapter at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio is hosting its Spread the Word campaign for the first time with approval from their Student Government. In past years there was limited to certain people changing their profile pictures on social media to raise awareness. Brother Alex Dudek, a member of Pi Kappa Phi and the IFC Representative in Student Government, stated that “This year, I decided to do my best to really jumpstart a campaign, and that way in years to come the BGSU community can grow to truly get behind this amazing cause.” Alex wrote a Senate Resolution that would give formal support to Spread the Word that is to be signed by their President this week if it isn’t sign before this article is published.
Alex’s dedication to the campaign doesn’t end with the resolution however; Alex has also organized an event in which students at BGSU can sign a banner and if they have the time they can use a on-site computer to take the pledge on R-word.org and “Take the Pledge” to end the use of the R-word. The Pi Kappa Phi Delta Sigma Chapter will be among the supporters of the event and hope everyone can take time to take the pledge. Alex Dudek says that “The banner will be hung in the USG office with all the signatures, and it’s an event that will be held for years to come.”
Pi Kappa Phi national headquarters is proud of the work Alex and the Delta Sigma Chapter is doing to help raise awareness for Spread the Word to End the Word and are also proud of other chapters that are showing their support too. For more information on the Spread the Word campaign or if you want to take the pledge to end the use of the R-word visit: http://www.r-word.org/.