The creation of opportunities for the development of a sense of belonging and mattering for underrepresented students attending a predominately white institution positively impacts students’ ability to connect with campus-based resources and their intention to remain at the institution and graduate. The researcher interviewed 11 current students who are members of Black Greek letter organizations (BGLO) and attend Northern Kentucky University, a regional, public, predominately White institution. Results indicate peer mentorship programs and opportunities to engage with graduate members and alumni provide access to campus-based resources that help students retain and persist. Relationships with other members of BGLOs and the BGLO experience provide opportunities for the development of leadership skills. The participants describe the importance of BGLO presence on campus as a reflection of the value of culturally-based organizations and experiences.
|Advisor:||Wasicsko, M. Mark|
|Commitee:||Allen, James G., Davenport, Zebulun R.|
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Higher education, Black studies, Educational sociology, African American Studies, Multicultural Education, Social research, Education, Sociology|
|Keywords:||Black Greek letter organizations, Sense of belonging, Social capital, Underrepresented students, Predominately white institution, Culturally-based organization|
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