Phi Gamma Delta’s long use of the moniker FIJI is still being used despite pressure from Asian American Pacific Islander student groups to stop its use, reports The College Fix.
The 166-year old fraternity became embroiled in controversy after its UC Irvine chapter held a FIJI Islander Party. The student council there voted 14-0 calling on the University to impose sanctions on the group. The Asian Pacific Student Association also condemned the use of the FIJI nickname.
“It is too often that fraternities and sororities choose racist themes for their parties and events,” a statement from the Asian Pacific Student Association said. “APSA at UCI will not tolerate, be silent, nor be complicit in acts of cultural appropriation that hurt marginalized People of Color communities because they maintain and fortify white male hegemonic structures.”
So far the frat has not responded to request for comment, and the nickname is still prominently displayed on the group’s Facebook page.
You can read a closer look at the controversy in The College Fix.