Fischler College of Education: Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Advisor

William Austin

Committee Member

Jaime Arango

Committee Member

Kimberly Durham

Abstract

This qualitative phenomenological research study was designed to explore and reveal the lived experiences of minority women in Black Greek Letter Sororities and their understanding of sorority membership and leadership development following graduation. Data collection was completed using two qualitative streams: online questionnaire and one-on-one interviews. This study will contribute to the discussion of leadership development for Black Greek Letter Sorority members. More specifically, this study focused on the role that a Black sorority has in developing minority female leaders as they matriculate and develop within higher education and simultaneously in the sisterhood. This research study provided suggestions on opportunities to enhance the female student experience through Black sororities by emphasizing leadership as a platform.

Additionally, this study can influence dialogue to address the lack of inclusivity of female targeted leadership development for Black sorority members. The emphasis of leadership development for Black sorority members can positively impact college aged women. The skills attained through leadership development will be invaluable for maneuvering in the 21st century. This research will provide a platform for addressing two major gaps that include the role of female leadership and minority female leadership. Consequently, research that supports the development and inclusion of women of color in leadership capacities and the benefits of joining Black Greek Letter Sororities can prepare minority women to excel in various aspects of life following graduation.

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