Sigma Alpha Epsilon Announces New Director of Diversity & Inclusion

EVANSTON, IL – The Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters is pleased to announce our Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Ashlee Canty. In her role, she will be responsible for overseeing the development, promotion and implementation of strategies that lead to enhanced diversity within our organization. Canty’s position is the first such staff role established by a major North-American fraternity or sorority.

As a member of our team, Canty will create and implement programming and education to increase an awareness and support for minority groups and will both collaborate and foster relationships with strategic partners. In addition, she will work with SAE’s chapters to develop initiatives that promote inclusion in our groups and on their respective campuses; develop a system to monitor reporting and statistics regarding diversity; and take the lead in how to increase awareness and engagement. Canty also will be assisting our health & safety team with Title IX sexual-misconduct education for our collegiate and alumni members.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Sigma Alpha Epsilon as they look to move forward with their plans to be intentional concerning diversity and inclusion programming,” Canty says. “I am looking forward to learning more about the fraternity and its members and helping to continue to promote its values and mission through diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Canty will serve as the chief staff liaison to the national Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which was established in April by fraternity leaders. The group consists of undergraduates, alumni and non-members who are subject-matter experts. Committee members have been meeting to offer recommendations for our leadership. They also prepared our Position Statement on Diversity & Inclusion, which was accepted and adopted by the fraternity convention in June.

“I’m very excited to have Ashlee as part of our team and family,” said Blaine Ayers, executive director. “We look forward to the great work she’s going to do for SAE and for the Greek-letter community. We had a number of strong applicants from various backgrounds, and we wanted to make sure we were methodical in selecting who we feel is the best person for this important role.”

A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Canty completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at North Carolina State University and her Master of Science degree in college student personnel at Western Illinois University. She currently is a doctoral candidate at DePaul University in curriculum studies. During her time at North Carolina State University, she joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and was awarded Sorority Woman of the Year, as well as Omicron Zeta’s Collegiate Soror of the Year, in 2007. After holding a number of leadership roles across campus, she decided to pursue a career in student affairs.

Previously, Canty worked at Syracuse University as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and most recently at DePaul University as the Program Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Office of Student Involvement. She has been involved with the LeaderShape and Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute leadership programs and is a member of both the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and making time to go home to visit her friends and family in North Carolina. 

About SAE
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, founded in 1856, is one of the nation’s largest national social fraternities, with 237 chapters and colonies and approximately 15,000 collegiate members and 200,000 living alumni. Our creed is known as “The True Gentleman,” and our mission is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship and service for our members based upon the ideals set forth by our Founding Fathers and enunciated in our creed.




Since 1856

© 2016 Sigma Alpha Epsilon. All Rights Reserved.
1856 Sheridan Road · Evanston, IL 60201