ERIC Number: ED452479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Persistent Pledging of Black Greeks: A Student Development Approach for Understanding and Challenging the Culture.
Kimbrough, Walter M.; Sutton, E. Michael
The development of the Greek system on college campuses as brought about an evolution of a unique student culture within higher education. Most of the research on the Greek experience does not acknowledge the presence of Black fraternities and sororities although these organizations have over 90 years experience on campuses. This paper describes the Black Greek culture with emphasis on the membership intake process and offers a contextualization of the problems using student development theory to offer reasonable strategies for salvaging this aspect of college life. Since the major object of these groups is to uplift the race, student affairs professionals should assist Greek organizations in designing rites of passage that affirm rather than demean the ethnic identity of potential members. This means reversing some of the patterns of neglect and the laissez-faire attitude that some may hold because they are not comfortable with the Black Greek culture or do not fully understand its workings. This new level of attention means actively using theory in advising the chapters. By actively engaging these students, higher education may be able to create a new, healthier culture that supports student development, active learning, and community building. (Contains 30 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Blacks, College Environment, Diversity (Student), Ethnicity, Fraternities, Higher Education, Minority Group Influences, Social Organizations, Sororities, Student Attitudes, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Inc.