Joseph J Moore



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This study seeks to understand the experiences of undergraduate men of color after they gain membership with a historically white, North American Interfraternity Conference fraternity. The significance of this study is derived from the lack of prominent research involving men of color and membership with historically white fraternities. This research allows for the advancement of the Fraternity and Sorority Life field by shedding light on a population of students that is misunderstood and in turn impacting the way professionals interact with students. This research study speaks to the intersection of both the male and student of color identity within the context of historically white fraternities by highlighting the lived experiences of those members. This study collected data through individual interviews with alumni members allowing for a deeper look into the subjects’ experiences. This study speaks to the lived experiences of the subjects’ around the themes of motivations to seek membership, experiences gaining membership, living in community, racial impact on experience, sense of belonging, senses of community and feeling othered.

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Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Graham F. Hunter

Primary Advisor's Department

Counselor Education


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences

Entering the Brotherhood: Men of Color’s Experience in Historically White Fraternities