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Maybe F/S professionals could find ways to provide NPHC members and prospective members with a deep and meaningful understanding of the history, culture and contemporary issues that face NPHC organizations.

Let me propose something simple: I recently spoke with a friend of mine who teaches an undergraduate course on NPHC organizations. She is a historian but teaches the class from an interdisciplinary perspective. She noted the NPHC organization members were at a huge disadvantage in their debates about the relevance of their organizations when debating non-members in the class. She stated NPHC organization members were woefully ignorant about their organizations, leaving them unable to articulate and even envision the value of their groups beyond the standard platitudes one might hear uttered by NPHC group members about their organizations. Maybe F/S professionals could find ways to provide NPHC members and prospective members with a deep and meaningful understanding of the history, culture and contemporary issues that face NPHC organizations. To add, these future leaders could be taught how to think about and implement solutions to NPHC organizations’ challenges. Maybe, just maybe, NPHC organizations will survive and possibly thrive.

REFERENCES

Armfield, F.L. Et Al. (2011). Defining the “Alpha” identity. In Gregory S. Parks & Stefan M. Bradley (Eds.), Alpha Phi Alpha: A legacy of greatness, the demands of transcendence. (p. 23-49). Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. Balcetis, E. (2008). Where the motivation resides and self-deception hides: How motivated cognition accomplishes self-deception, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 361.

Desantis, A.D. & Coleman, M. (2008). Not on my line: Attitudes about homosexuality in Black Fraternities. In Gregory S. Parks (Ed.), Black Greek-Letter Organizations In The Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun, (p. 291-295). Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. Fine, E.C. (2003). Soulstepping: African American step shows. Champagne, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. Hernandez, M.D. (2008). Sisterhood beyond the ivory tower: An exploration of Black sorority alumnae membership. In Gregory S. Parks (Ed.), Black Greekletter organizations in the twenty-first century: Our fight has just begun, (p. 253-272). Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. Hernandez, M. Et Al. (2012). What a man: The relationship between Black fraternity stereotypes and Black sorority mate selection, In Tamara L. Brown Et Al., (Eds.), African American fraternities and sororities: The legacy and the vision. (2nd ed.). (p. 384). Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press.

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