Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Geology and Geography

Committee Chair

Martina Angela Caretta

Committee Member

Cynthia Gorman

Committee Member

Kasi Jackson


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.