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Today’s College Students: A Reader
Peter Lang Press
Pietro A. Sasso and Joseph L. DeVitis
New York, NY
Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society
With over 60 collective years of serving the fraternal movement as fraternity/sorority members, chapter advisors, fraternity/sorority life advisors, and (inter)national fraternal leaders, we approached writing about the experiences of college students who participate in fraternities and sororities from an affirming and positive perspective. We believe these distinctive and intergenerational organizations can provide a forum for college students to create meaningful, well-rounded, and learning-oriented experiences. Deep and long-standing challenges continue to exist, but the juxtaposition of the best and worst actions of today's college students make fraternities and sororities among the most complex organizations on college campuses. In addition, there is a high level of interaction between and among students, the campus community, administrators, faculty, alumni, and external stakeholders such as parents and (inter)national fraternity/sorority headquarters. Such dynamic experiences can create shared and distinctive realities for students that are integral to student development. This chapter provides insight into the historical and modern-day complexities that affect students' experiences in fraternities and sororities and offers a framework for working with this population across contexts.
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Barber, J. P. (2015). Fraternities and Sororities: Developing a Compelling Case for Relevance in Higher Education. Pietro A. Sasso and Joseph L. DeVitis (Ed.), Today’s College Students: A Reader (pp. 241-255). New York, NY: Peter Lang Press. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/asbookchapters/119