Education | Historically Black Greek Letter Organizations: Past, Present, and Future
U212 | 32365 | Lamara Warren


Course Goals/Description:Historical Black Greek –letter
Organizations (HGBLOs) have been a part of higher education for over
90 years. This course will cover the history of the nine
traditionally African-American sororities and fraternities on
college and university campuses. Specifically, it will focus on the
campus and societal climates during their founding years and their
involvement in the social movements (i.e. Women’s suffrage, civil
rights, Vietnam war, etc.) of the 20th century. The course will also
examine the impact of involvement in HGBLOs as it relates to student
development for Black students as well as campus and community
culture. This course will include extensive authentic, challenging,
and spirited dialogue on the historic and contemporary problems
faced by HBGLOs (i.e. exclusive recruitment practices, poor academic
performance, hazing and membership intake issues, small chapter
sizes, decline in social action and participation in public service,
dichotomous campus Greek systems, etc.). The overall goal of this
course is to challenge participants to critically analyze HGBLOs and
their positive and negative influences on undergraduate students,
institutions of higher education, and society.