Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Geology and Geography
Martina Angela Caretta
Black sororities are much more than their stereotypes of stepping and partying. They are service organizations that have a deep impact on their communities and help shape the identities of their members. These organizations can be seen at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately White Institutions (PWIs). Black sororities are different than their traditionally white counterparts because the majority of active time in membership occurs after graduation. This thesis utilizes a case study of Black sororities in North Central West Virginia and West Virginia University. In spaces lacking in diversity and inclusion, Black sororities can serve as a means for women of color to find a sense of belonging and can help shape their identities as women of color. This thesis based on archival data analysis and semi-structured interviews investigates which forms of mentoring are enacted by Black sorority alumni members, and how such types of mentoring help to find that sense of belonging and identity formation for women of color.
Dever, Elizabeth C., ""We have ground to cover for each other": A case study of mentoring across Black sorority alumni in north central West Virginia" (2020). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 7773.