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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Allen, Aleidra
Author's Email Address aalle62@lsu.edu
URN etd-04152013-095442
Title What about the Black Greeks? Supporting NPHCs at PWIs
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bourke, Brian Committee Chair
Mitchell, Roland Committee Member
Ray, Darrell Committee Member
  • needs
  • struggles
  • BGLO
  • PWI
  • NPHC
  • Greek Life
Date of Defense 2013-04-10
Availability unrestricted
Many Black Greek-Letter organizations (BGLOs) were founded at historically black colleges and universities. However, subsequent chapters were chartered at various institutional types, including predominately White institutions (PWIs). Nine BGLOs make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), their umbrella organization. At PWIs, this council is typically housed in the same office as the predominately White fraternity and sorority councils. Still, there are many attributes of NPHC that make it unique from the others.

To best direct this study, existing literature was reviewed. Few scholars examined NPHC specifically and little attention was given to institutional types. The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences, struggles, and needs of National Pan-Hellenic Councils at large, public, predominately White institutions in the South. NPHC students were interviewed in regards to their personal Greek Life experiences. The findings identify struggles and needs of the Council and best practices were suggested for Greek Life and higher education professionals.

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