This study looks the effects of participation in Black Greek-letter Organizations have on the identity, networks and relationships, as well as their social mobility between generations. This project began with me looking at previous research that has conducted on BGLOs and identifying ways that my research could add to this work. Theorists such as George Herbert Mead, W.E.B DuBois, as well as, Patricia Hill Collins help us understand how factors such as double consciousness and safe spaces affect African American women. Next, I explain how I conducted my research by interviewing 12 participants and how these interviews lead to new discoveries about African American women and how they were affected by participating in Black Greek-letter Organizations. This research is significant because it looks at multiple aspects of Black women’s identities and connects them to each other in order to evaluate how exactly do Black Greek-letter Organizations affect and influence identity, networks, and relationships across generations.


Orta, David


Sociology and Anthropology


Arts and Humanities

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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