“There’s Black People Here?” The Experiences of Black Alumnae in National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Sororities
Keywords:Black women, critical race theory, sorority
Utilizing Critical Race Theory as the guiding framework, this study portrayed the essence of Black women’s experiences and motivations in joining National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities. The findings illustrated that participants chose to join an NPC sorority for the social aspect and due to a lack of knowledge of culturally based sororities. Additionally, upon reflecting on their experiences, participants shared they may not make the same decision again. Participants’ experiences as Black women in NPC organizations were further characterized by them neglecting their racial identities while in these organizations and regaining them upon graduation. This study discussed implications from the obtained findings and offered suggestions to help create more equitable and inclusive experiences for Black women who join historically white sororities
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