Alpha Sigma Alpha announces partnership with diversity, equity and inclusion consultants

Alpha Sigma Alpha has partnered with Fleurette (Flo) King, M.A., Taryn Petryk and Aida Martinez-Freeman, Ph.D., consultants from Thriving Inclusion, to perform a diversity, equity and inclusion audit. This process will involve a thorough review of the organization’s current practices to ensure the Sorority is fostering an environment that is reflective and inclusive of the global community – different people, different cultures, different perspectives. Members will have opportunities to provide feedback, which will be included in the development of a comprehensive picture of the Sorority’s strengths and growth opportunities in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

This is the first step in a multi-year initiative to raise awareness, enhance educational opportunities and ensure alignment with Alpha Sigma Alpha values.

“Alpha Sigma Alpha is committed to cultivating an environment where members feel a sense of belonging and ensuring our organization is reflective of the world in which we live. We are thrilled to work with Flo King, Dr. Martinez-Freeman and Taryn Petryk on this important initiative,” said National President Kelly McGinnis Beck.

Members who are interested in participating in a focus group should send an email to


Thriving Inclusion is a diversity, equity and inclusion resource for organizational and personal development. We serve a spectrum of organizations including corporate, non-profit, higher education institutions and sport organizations across the nation. Our services include training, education, executive services, coaching and consultation.

Our values include collaboration, compassion, coalition building, agency empowerment, social change, equity and support. We approach our work with joy, enthusiasm, honesty and efficacy to enhance inclusion, equity and diversity within organizations. Thriving Inclusion is powered by Fleurette King Consulting and Training.

Fleurette (Flo) King serves as a diversity, equity & inclusion consultant and trainer to a spectrum of organizations including higher education, non-profit, corporate and sport and athletic organizations. King offers a wealth of experience and knowledge in diversity, inclusion and social justice in higher education. Flo has demonstrated innovation and achievement in diversity and inclusion policies, education & training, and organizational change since 1993. King continues to present best practices and award-winning models at regional and national conferences namely affiliated with the True Colors Conference, the Amnesty International-Midwest, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Creating Change Conference, White Privilege Conference (WPC), and the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). Through successful networking on the local, regional and national levels, King collaborates with several other consultants and institutions.

King’s career journey includes full-time appointments at Loras College (Dubuque, IA), DePaul University (Chicago, IL), Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) and the University of Northern Colorado. King has completed a M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). Recently, King was a recipient of the 2015 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Sisterhood Award, the 2016 Dorothy Award and the 2016 GLAD Award. Flo enjoys short walks on the beach, racquetball, tennis, cycling, fishing, social movement history and documentaries.

Throughout her career, Taryn has developed consultations and trainings for executive leadership, staff and faculty at institutions across the country in areas such as understanding culture and identity, unconscious bias, designing dialogue programs, developing facilitator skills and creating organizational change grounded in diversity, equity and inclusion.

With 19 years of progressive experience, Taryn has worked in a number of capacities in higher education including business schools, diversity and inclusion, intergroup dialogue, first year experience and residence education. Her background has provided a foundation for Taryn to be a resource in areas such as strategic planning in diversity, equity and inclusion, developing curriculum and training facilitators in the theory and practice of intergroup dialogue and teaching for inclusive practices in the classroom. Taryn currently serves as the director of diversity and inclusion at University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business where she provides operational leadership for the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan including implementation and measurement for 4000 students, 400 professional staff and 250 faculty.

Taryn developed her passion and commitment for engaging individuals across identity differences while working with The Program on Intergroup Relations at University of Michigan where she was responsible for teaching courses, overseeing research teams and training campus communities on issues of social inequality, inequity, bystander intervention, unconscious bias and intergroup relations.   Grounded in storytelling, Taryn models the art of empathy and vulnerability in sharing her journey around the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, body size and gender identity, amongst others.

Taryn received a B.S. in Interpersonal Communications with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, and a M.S. in Education with a concentration in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University.  She also holds Level 1 Certification in Managing Unconscious Bias and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) from the Cultural Intelligence Center.

Dr. Aida is an Equity and Inclusion strategist, consultant, keynote speaker and executive coach dedicated to helping clients maximize their potential and develop creative strategies to positively advance their personal and professional lives. She is the founder and CEO of Taina Coaching and Training, LLC, a social justice education and leadership development coaching, training and consulting firm, serving organizations across the United States. With 20 years of higher education experience, Dr. Aida works with organizations and leaders who are ready to engage in critical equity and inclusion conversations, strategic solutions, and transformative action. Clients value her expertise in social and healing justice frameworks, comprehensive and capacity building services, warm and practical delivery.

Dr. Aida received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington, and doctorate in occupational & adult education from North Dakota State University. In addition, she is certified as an OM Community Coach in Healing Justice through Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and holds a certificate in Personal Development & Positive Psychology from The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute.

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