Investigating The White Identity Of Historically White Fraternity Members: a Descriptive Study

Daniel James Shelnutt, University of South Carolina


This purpose of this research study is to investigate the racial identity of White male college students who choose to join historically White fraternities (HWFs). Previous literature found that students in these organizations are more involved in community service and leadership organizations, they are more academically proficient, and they are more satisfied with their college experience (Abrahamowicz, 1988; Astin, 1999). Despite these advantages associated with HWFs, the literature also indicated the existence of subtle and palpable racism existing both from historically and currently ( Pascarella, 1996).