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. Black Greek-Letter Organizations at Predominantly White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

. Black Greek-Letter Organizations at Predominantly White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Chapter:
(p.276) (p.277) 14. Black Greek-Letter Organizations at Predominantly White Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Source:
Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0
Author(s):
Terrell L. StrayhornFred C. Mccall
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.003.0014

This chapter examines the everyday life of black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) on predominantly white institutions (PWIs) and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Drawing on data from publications and interviews with students, it looks at the reasons why African Americans join BGLOs and the perceived benefits of membership. It also probes their experiences within such organizations using socialization theory and explains how intrinsic/extrinsic motivations, investments, knowledge acquisition, and benefits all vary when compared to joining a BGLO at a PWI or an HBCU.

Keywords:   black Greek-letter organizations, white institutions, historically black colleges and universities, African Americans, benefits, membership, socialization theory, motivations, investments, knowledge acquisition

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