What are multicultural fraternities and sororities?


Anonymous, Sam Museus is a professor of Higher Education

Just to add a few thoughts here, multicultural fraternities and sororities constitute critical subcultures for students of color. Many students of color find the overall environment on predominantly White college campuses to be unwelcoming. Research shows that these students often find these multicultural organizations to be safe havens where they can be themselves, connect with people from similar backgrounds, and find strong sources of support. Such organizations can also facilitate the development of students, provide them with opportunities to give back to their own cultural communities, and facilitate their persistence through college.

M. Erez Kats, Seattle Language Arts Teacher, Author, and Artist

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I'm not sure if the above groups the expert has mentioned are actually considered to be fraternities or sororities themselves, but like he says, many students who do pledge these frats and sororities may also be a part of these groups. But in my understanding, some fraternities and sororities on a given college campus may choose to represent a specific culture or group of people from similar cultures. For instance, you may have an all Asian sorority, or a Hawaiian and Pacific Islander fraternity. Typically, these will most likely only be predominately from one culture, because I believe at some point many fraternities and sororities may still have to meet certain quotas to include some other students of different cultures. But for the most part, they would be known and recognized on campus as that - "The Asian sorority" or the "Russian frat" etc. for example. Mostly these are nicknames though, and really, no matter what frat or sorority you choose, you are likely to find a multicultural mix of some kind nowadays, unless like you say, these are multi-culturally focused on one group.

Kenny Jones, Multicultural Fraternities and Sororities

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All fraternities and sororities have a level of what we call "small c" culture. Meaning there are a set of behaviors and systems of social norms that happen within the chapter on a particular campus. However there are groups that focus solely on celebrating "BIG C" CULTURE, the beliefs and practices of diverse ethic groups. Many people refer to the groups that belong to the National Pan-hellenic Council (NPHC or Divine 9), National Association of Latin Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National Asian Panhellenic Association (NAPA), and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), as multi-cultural fraternities and sororities.

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