Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Jason Wozniak, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ed.D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph.D.


Fraternity and Sorority Life is a very sensitive and hot topic in regards to education because of the harm in recent years it has brought to students. However, fraternity and sorority life can still have a significant influence on student populations and help successful higher education institutions. These organizations aim to help students and to develop them both socially and academic. Each council and each organization is unique in their principles, but all serve the purpose of developing students into tomorrow’s leaders. For the National Panhellenic Council, we see these same positives for students of color across campuses nationally. These African American based fraternities and sororities serves to help cater to minorities on campuses, and for a Predominantly White Institution, the minority group are students of color who are not white. This thesis aims to show how this council helps students of color in their college development and networking with other individuals they can identify and relate to. Along with development both academically and socially, this council helps with retention and leadership for students of color and without this council, these students wouldn’t feel welcome to their university. Along with this networking, these organizations assist students in their own racial identity development.