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Gyant, LaVerne

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


This study sought to add literature to the topic of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that were part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) by exploring the benefits of BGLO membership related to social change leadership development. There were no studies that explained how BGLOs developed social change leaders. This qualitative study of BGLOs used two 90-minute interviews to gather data about BGLO member’s perceptions regarding their social change leadership development. The literature review provided history on the inception of Greek organizations, founding of BGLOs, the NPHC, non-NPHC Black Greek organizations, Masonic influence, student development, student leadership theories, activism, social change leaders who were members of BGLOs, and campus activism. The study was guided by three research questions that asked how BGLOs developed members into social change leaders, how BGLO members made meaning of social change opportunities, and how specific instances of social injustice framed the definition of social change leadership. The problem statement was that it was not known how BGLOs developed social change leaders and that there was minimal scholarly material on BGLOs impact on social change leadership development. Using Critical Narrative Inquiry (CNI) as the methodology, this study collected data through the use of counterstories. Critical Race Theory was the theoretical perspective used to interpret the data. Eleven BGLO members participated in this study. Each of them attended a Primarily White Institution (PWI) in the Midwest of the United States. Chapter six talks about the findings related to how BGLOs developed social change leaders, gives implications of this research, and future recommendations for research on BGLOs.


248 pages




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