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The Impact of Membership in Black Greek-Letter Organizations on Black Students' Involvement in Collegiate Activities and Their Development of Leadership Skills

Walter M. Kimbrough and Philo A. Hutcheson
The Journal of Negro Education
Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring, 1998), pp. 96-105
DOI: 10.2307/2668220
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2668220
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Despite numerous recent events that have cast collegiate Black Greek-letter organizations (BGOs) in a negative light, many view these and other Greek organizations as important leadership development vehicles. This article reports on a study that examined the impact of BGO membership on Black students' involvement in campus-related activities and their leadership development. BGO members and students unaffiliated with BGOs attending historically Black and predominantly White institutions of higher education were compared. The results indicate that BGO members, regardless of campus type, evidenced greater student involvement and had more confidence in their leadership skills. They further suggest that BGO membership provides an important means by which to enhance student involvement and leadership development for Blacks in college and beyond.

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