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New HBCU Medical College in NOLA to Address Medical Inequities

New HBCU Medical College in NOLA to Address Medical Inequities!

 

In a significant stride towards equity in healthcare, Xavier University of Louisiana is teaming up with Ochsner Health to establish the Xavier Ochsner College of Medicine (XOCOM) in downtown New Orleans. This pioneering partnership reflects a shared commitment to tackling medical disparities and fostering inclusivity in the medical profession.

XOCOM’s establishment marks a pivotal moment in medical education, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, where access to quality healthcare remains a challenge for many underserved communities. By leveraging the resources and expertise of both institutions, XOCOM aims to empower aspiring healthcare professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, to pursue careers in medicine.

With a focus on community engagement and collaboration, XOCOM will serve as a catalyst for positive change, addressing not only the shortage of physicians but also the need for culturally competent healthcare providers. By prioritizing diversity and inclusion in medical education, XOCOM seeks to cultivate a new generation of physicians who are equipped to meet the diverse needs of patients and communities.

As the medical landscape evolves, initiatives like XOCOM are essential for bridging gaps in healthcare access and advancing health equity. Through innovative curriculum, hands-on training, and mentorship programs, XOCOM will prepare future physicians to navigate complex healthcare challenges and champion the well-being of all patients.

Stay tuned for updates on this transformative endeavor as XOCOM works to redefine medical education and create a more equitable healthcare system for all.

 

#XavierOchsner #MedicalEducation #HealthEquity #CommunityPartnership #MedicalInnovation #HealthcareAccess #DiversityInMedicine

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Collaboration to Reopen Childcare Center on Community College Campus

 

Howard Community College President, Dr. Daria J. Willis, has unveiled plans to reopen the college’s on-campus Children’s Learning Center in collaboration with the Community Action Council of Howard County.

The center’s relaunch addresses crucial needs by reducing childcare expenses, introducing vital Early Head Start programs for infants and toddlers, and promoting degree completion among student parents in a college community of over 22,000 students, with 24% identifying as caregivers.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to Tracy Broccolino and the CAC, County Executive Calvin Ball, and numerous other champions who have made this day a reality,” expressed Willis. “This reopening ensures that young parents and their children have a supportive environment to work, learn, and aspire toward leadership roles within our community and beyond.”

Broccolino emphasized that the partnership aims to positively influence families and children for generations to come, underscoring the transformative impact of education and early childhood development.

The center, temporarily shuttered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated budget constraints, received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2023 to facilitate its reopening.

This grant, part of the federal Childcare Access Means Parents in School Grant Program, brings the college closer to reinstating a vital support service for hundreds of student parents pursuing higher education in Howard County.

“Access to childcare is paramount for scholar-parents’ academic persistence,” noted Dr. Ball. “I commend Dr. Willis and her team for recognizing this challenge and taking proactive measures to ensure scholar-parents receive the support they need to succeed.”

#ChildcareSupport #EducationAccess #StudentParents #CommunityPartnership #EarlyChildhoodEducation #HigherEducation #CommunityCollege #ChildcareGrant #StudentSuccess #FamilySupport #CommunityImpact

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Making Equity a Priority

Making Equity a Priority

 

Dr. Keith Curry, President and CEO of Compton College, has spearheaded transformative initiatives to enhance equity and access to education.
Despite past accreditation challenges, under Curry’s leadership, Compton College has undergone significant revitalization, boasting over $118 million in renovations and securing funding for student success programs.

Addressing Student Needs

Curry’s focus extends beyond infrastructure to student welfare, particularly tackling food and housing insecurity. Initiatives like mobile food pantries and on-campus farmers’ markets underscore his commitment to student well-being.

Recognition as a Trailblazer

Curry’s dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed. Renowned educator Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab lauds Curry’s tireless advocacy and transformative leadership, citing his instrumental role in advancing equity in higher education.

Growing up in Compton, Curry’s personal journey fuels his passion for educational equity. From his grassroots outreach to his ascent to college leadership, Curry’s story exemplifies the transformative power of education.

Building for the Future

Looking ahead, Curry is focused on completing campus projects and expanding enrollment to provide more students with access to quality education and workforce opportunities.

Curry’s collaborative spirit extends to the community. Partnering with other education leaders, Curry envisions a future where equity and student success are the norm.

#EquityInEducation #StudentSuccess #TransformativeLeadership #ComptonCollege #HigherEdEquity #CommunityPartnerships #HBCUs

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Best HBCUs for Criminal Justice

Best HBCUs for Criminal Justice

Here we’ll highlight six of the top HBCUs for criminal justice careers.

Bowie State University – Bowie, MD

This HBCU offers an online degree as well as an off-site degree option at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland. Two active organizations on campus provide students with additional opportunities to engage with their criminal justice career aspirations: The Criminal Justice Club and Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. 

Morris College – Sumter, SC

Morris College is one HBCU that offers students majoring or minoring in Criminal Justice a comprehensive coursework program as well as hands-on application of theory and principles through a state-of-the-art criminal forensics laboratory, field experiences, as well as formal internships with various law enforcement agencies. Students can also minor in Criminal Forensics Studies at this HBCU.

North Carolina Central University – Durham, NC

NCCU’s Department of Criminal justice offers Criminal Justice B.S. and M.S. degrees. NCCU’s School of Law offers students courses in criminal defense, law, procedure, and prosecution.

Prairie View A&M University –  Prairie View, TX

Students can earn a B.S. in Criminal Justice at this HBCU. The College of Juvenile Justice undergraduate program leads to a B.S. in Criminal Justice with five concentrations and graduate degrees (M.S. and Ph.D.) in Juvenile Justice. The Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center was authorized to be created at PVAM in 1997 resulting in the College of Juvenile Justice. 

Shaw University – Raleigh, NC

In this HBCU’s unique program, Shaw students can earn a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, court administration and others.

Texas Southern University – Houston, TX

Texas Southern’s Administration of Justice Department offers a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Administration of Justice. The curriculum is for students planning careers in a range of professions including, judiciary, law enforcement, security administration, homeland security. Additionally, the coursework emphasizes administration and management in fields like contemporary criminal justice systems, victimology and juvenile justice.

 

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Biden Calls for Greater Support of HBCUs, HSIs, and MSIs

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When President Biden addressed over 32 million viewers for the annual State of the Union (SOTU) last week, he used the occasion to issue a full throttle support for higher education.

While speaking on his administration’s accomplishments in his last four years of service, Biden also addressed what he called “the future of possibilities we can build together.”

Biden has made access to affordable education a cornerstone of his presidential tenure, and he reinforced that position by calling for an increase in Pell Grants and a further increase in “our record investments in HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] and Hispanic and Minority Serving Institutions [HSIs and MSIs].”

Scholars say that they were pleased by the president’s mention of these institutions and hope to see his call to action translate into increased funding for these under-resourced yet high-achieving institutions.

“[The speech] was very fiery,” said Dr. Pietro A. Sasso, an associate professor of higher education at Delaware State University, an HBCU in Dover. “That tone and fervor carried over when he talked about HBCUs and MSIs and HSIs. He was just as passionate and bold when he was talking about that in the same way he talked about other crises. It’s not just student loans, it’s trying to engage in addressing the structural funding inequities.”

Dr. Royel M. Johnson, professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC) and director of the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates in the USC Race and Equity Center, said that Biden’s call for more investments “hopefully signifies that [his administration] will double down on their commitment to these institutions, given their vital role to our society and democracy.”

#StateOfTheUnion #Biden #HigherEducation #HBCUs #HSIs #MSIs #AffordableEducation #Education #FundingEquality #AccessToEducation #EquityInEducation #EducationPolicy #BuildingTogether #SupportForEducation #InvestInEducation #StructuralInequities #SocialJustice #CommunityColleges #SupportingMinorities #Empowerment #Opportunity #Scholarships #StudentSuccess

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Empowering Black Men at Community College of Baltimore County

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Adrianne Washington, dean of special academic programs at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), noticed a gap in the Honors Program that didn’t sit right with her. She realized that Black men were being overlooked in the program’s success, prompting her to take action.

Washington’s journey began with a mission to recruit and empower African American men as part of the Honors Program’s transformation into a full-fledged Honors College. Over her 15-year tenure at CCBC, she has expanded her roles, ensuring that her work remains student-centered.

As the dean of the nascent Honors College, Washington is focused on ensuring proportional demographic representation, diversity in the classroom, and community engagement. She emphasizes the importance of catering to the needs of community college students, including part-time and non-traditional learners.

Washington envisions innovative changes for the Honors College, such as offering evening and remote synchronous courses to meet students where they are. The transition to a college will bring upgrades like experiential learning, research opportunities, and merit scholarships.

Through deliberate efforts, Washington has successfully integrated minority men into the Honors College, challenging stereotypes and providing opportunities for their academic success. Dr. Sunni Solomon, director of CCBC’s Male Student Success Initiative, praises Washington’s advocacy and inclusivity, ensuring that all students feel welcome and supported.

Washington’s dedication to student needs and her collaborative approach have earned her praise from colleagues and students alike. As the Honors College enters its pilot stage, Washington remains committed to serving students and meeting their evolving needs.

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Sacramento State, home to the largest population of Black students in the California State University (CSU) system, is introducing what will become the nation’s inaugural Black Honors College.

Set to commence operations in the fall, the honors college will admit students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a passion for Black history, life, and culture.

Dr. J. Luke Wood, who assumed leadership of the institution seven months ago, expressed, “This is part of a broader initiative to improve success rates for Black students. We’re establishing an institution within the institution.”

Unlike Honors Colleges at other institutions, which have developed specialized programs to attract Black students, Sacramento State’s approach is distinct. The entire college is being tailored specifically for Black students.

The college will have its own dean, director, counselors, academic advisors, and support staff, drawing from faculty with a proven track record of teaching Black students.

Accepted students will complete their General Education (GE) classes in the college, with small class sizes and mentoring primarily by Black faculty members. The curriculum will focus on the Black experience, influenced by Pan-African studies.

Dr. Wood hopes to recruit students who might otherwise attend for-profit colleges or historically Black colleges and universities in other states.

The idea took shape following the release of a CSU report last June, titled “Advancing Black Student Success and Elevating Black Excellence in the CSU: A Call to Action.”

Despite potential criticism, Dr. Wood remains committed to the vision, aiming to replicate it at other institutions nationwide.

Administrators have allocated over 6,000 square feet of space for the college, including seminar rooms, study areas, and a lounge in the library.

Selected students will have the opportunity to live in a dedicated community.

Initial funding and support have been secured to enroll the first 500 students. Recruiters are promoting the college in high schools across California.

Ruth Williams, the staff director for the Honors College, and Dr. Boatamo “Ati” Mosupyoe, the inaugural dean of students, express excitement about the college’s potential.

Dr. Wood emphasizes the importance of improving success rates for Black students, aiming to reverse the institution’s historical trend of low success rates among this demographic.


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For Dr. Lauren Christine Mims, few challenges are more important in public education than creating spaces for Black students to flourish and thrive.

“I’m less interested in preparing Black children for this world if we are not also preparing the world for the Black children,” says Mims, assistant professor of applied psychology at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

For Mims, that means dismantling biased systems that stereotype Black students as behavioral problems rather than recognize their resilience in the face of racism and tap into their innate brilliance.

Mims says the work is particularly crucial for Black girls, who are at the heart of her research agenda.

Colleagues and students hail Mims for shifting the focus away from viewing Black students, parents, and families through a deficit lens.

 

“Her groundbreaking work in the field of psychology is reshaping the narrative by highlighting the strengths and daily experiences of Black families and bringing a much-needed focus to the experiences of Black girls,” says Elisha Arnold, who has Mims as her graduate advisor at NYU.

Natalie H. Brito, an associate professor of applied psychology, also at NYU, shared similar observations.

“Dr. Mims is pushing the field to conceptualize Black homes as a conduit for positive growth, learning, and development by acknowledging the unique skill set and contributions Black parents provide to ensure that their children learn and thrive,” Brito says.

Much of the language that Mims uses in her research is about liberation for Black students. She espouses creative problem solving in what she refers to as “fugitive spaces,” where students discuss systems of oppression – and community strengths – as a part of the creative process.

She says the goal of her research is to help Black students to “freedom dream,” a term inspired by Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination, a 2002 book by Dr. Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA.

 

To get a sense of what freedom dreaming looks like in action, consider a recent visit Mims made to a middle school in Richmond, Virginia, as part of “Freedom Dreaming and Dreamkeeping with Black Girls,” a course she developed for Black middle school girls with a small grant from NYU.

“I gave them a big, huge piece of white butcher paper that goes across the table, and they just wrote all of the dreams that they had,” Mims recounts. “They wanted mental health professionals and counselors that were Black and understood what it meant to be Black. They wanted teachers to talk about Black joy in the classroom and not just Black pain or slavery. They wanted spaces where they could just see themselves and just laugh and be joyful during the school day.”

The freedom dreaming that Mims does with students began in Fairfax, Virginia, where she grew up as the daughter of a librarian mother and a lawyer father. One of her fondest memories is of getting books from the library with her family and then discussing them in the living room.

“I was able to dream out loud,” Mims recalls. “And I think these spaces that allow children to dream out loud, they’re just so important.”

Mims attributes much of her career success to the late Elijah Cummings, the longtime U.S. Congressman from Maryland. Specifically, it was a 2013 keynote speech that Cummings gave for the Black Policy Conference held at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. Mims was working on her master’s degree in child development at Tufts University at the time.

“He said wherever you are, you need to be the best,” Mims recalls. That philosophy, Mims says, enabled her to go from being an intern within the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans during the Obama Administration to becoming assistant director of the initiative.

 

“I wanted to be the best intern I could be,” Mims says, explaining how, when she wrote a policy memo, she would include talking points. She would also look at the director’s calendar and assign herself work to support upcoming events.

“For me it was really trying to be the best in that role,” Mims says. She knew the work paid off, she says, when others began to say: “You are an invaluable member of the team.” 

 

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In the pursuit of creating a level playing field in education, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, a Complete College America Fellow and a member of UT Arlington’s team, alongside leaders like Audrey Ellis, the founder of T3 Advisory, have spearheaded initiatives to promote fairness. Central to their efforts is the development of an AI playbook and a comprehensive paper dedicated to fairness in education. Their collaboration with Complete College America has been instrumental in making these endeavours possible.

The Ideation of Equity in Education

In this paper on fairness, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari and Audrey Ellis introduce a groundbreaking concept: The Complete College America Council on Equitable AI in Higher Education. The council aims to amplify the voices of individuals from diverse backgrounds in education, particularly those often overlooked in discussions about policies, products, and funding for post-secondary education. Their vision includes forging partnerships with major tech companies to ensure that educational institutions, which typically miss out on opportunities when new technologies emerge, are granted equitable access.

The AI playbook translates their vision into immediate action. It offers colleges and universities invaluable insights and practical applications for harnessing the power of AI to enhance college opportunities and boost completion rates. The playbook delineates actionable steps in three critical areas: organizational effectiveness, teaching and learning, and the student experience. It also provides user-friendly prompts for leveraging dynamic AI chatbot technology.

Bridging the Access Gap

The core objective is to empower institutions to transform AI solutions into reality, both in the present and the future. Dr. Vistasp Karbhari emphasizes the critical need for all educational institutions to have access to the right technology, expertise, and financial resources required to effectively implement dynamic AI. This concerted effort is aimed at maximizing the potential of these tools and addressing disparities in access and achievement.

Audrey Ellis underscores the practicality of the playbook and equity paper, equipping higher education professionals with tangible tools to accelerate equity and graduation rates within their institutions. Through the judicious implementation of AI, colleges and faculties can revolutionize their establishments and elevate the academic journey of their students.

Complete College America, known for its forward-thinking approach, introduced the CCA Tech Approval Seal in 2016. This initiative acknowledges unique software solutions that bolster Game Changer tactics for student success and graduation.

AI’s Transformative Role in Higher Education

In an ever-evolving landscape of higher education, AI tools have emerged as indispensable assets. They enable educational institutions to leverage technology for inclusivity, equal opportunity provision, and enhanced student success. The collaborative efforts behind the playbook and equity paper signal a commitment to harness the potential of AI to drive holistic improvements in higher education.

In conclusion, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, Audrey Ellis, and Complete College America have embarked on a journey to reshape the future of education by promoting fairness and inclusivity through AI. Their work is not only visionary but also equipped with practical tools and strategies to catalyze positive change in higher education.

 

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Black Greek-letter organizations have made a deep impact on Black American culture. Learn more about the fraternities and sororities that started it all.

The Divine Nine is the nickname of a group of nine historically Black Greek-letter organizations called the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). These nine organizations have a significant place in Black American history and culture. Collectively, these organizations comprise nearly 4 million members. These organizations are a source of family and community to many Black students, with some first-generation members and others joining as a legacy.

The Divine Nine organizations have been around since the early 1900s and have contributed greatly to Black American culture. They are committed to public service, scholarship and brother- and sisterhood. These traditions have trickled down through generations of members and even infiltrated pop culture. The Divine Nine’s impact on Black American life and culture is apparent.

Which Greek-Letter Organizations Are Part of the Divine Nine?

The Divine Nine comprises nine organizations in total, each with a different purpose and attributes. Here is a short breakdown of each.

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.: With the aim of manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization founded for Black men in the United States. Seven students at Cornell University started the organization on December 4, 1906. It started out as a study group.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, whose members are also known as the Ivies, is the oldest established Greek-letter organization for Black women. The organization started at Howard University on January 15, 1908. They aim to be of service to all mankind.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: This organization focuses deeply on community service, with special emphasis on serving the Black community. Delta Sigma Theta, founded on January 13, 1913, at Howard University, aims to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.: Also known as the Nupes, Kappa Alpha Psi has been dedicated to brotherhood and service in the Black community since its founding on January 5, 1911, at Indiana University Bloomington. It has two names, the other being Phi Nu Pi. The fraternity’s motto is Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor.
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.: Founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University, this organization is based on four principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. Omega Psi Phi aims to elevate its members and the Black community.
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.: The only NPHC member fraternity with a constitutionally-bound sister Greek-letter organization — Zeta Phi Beta — Phi Beta Sigma‘ was established on January 9, 1914, at Howard University. Its mission focuses on community service, building brotherhood, and promoting scholarship.
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.: The sister organization to Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta sorority’s ideals include Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood. Zeta Phi Beta, founded on January 16, 1920, at Howard University, prides itself on achieving a legacy of excellence.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.: Sigma Gamma Rho is the only Black sorority founded at a predominantly white institution, Butler University in Indiana. Founded on November 12, 1922, its mission is to better women’s lives through community service, civil, and social action.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.: Founded during the Civil Rights movement on September 19, 1963, at Morgan State University, Iota Phi Theta fraternity was the last member admitted to the NPHC. They have a long history of social service. The organization is dedicated to making meaningful contributions to society, with special emphasis on doing so in the Black community.
The History of the Divine Nine

Now known nationally and internationally, the Divine Nine have a long and rich history cultivated over decades of growth.

Initially, fraternities in the United States, like the institutions of higher learning in which they were founded, were exclusively for white male students. Women created sororities in response to the fraternities’ refusal to admit them. Subsequently, when Black students began to enroll in universities, they faced the same issue. So, they created the first Black Greek-letter organizations in response to the racism Black students experienced on campuses.

After the establishment and popularization of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States, Black fraternities and sororities followed. The organizations began out of fellowship and shared principles rather than as a direct response to racist beliefs and practices. Howard University, in particular, was the founding site for five of the Divine Nine. These organizations quickly spread to other universities in the coming decades, including at primarily white institutions (PWIs).

Black Greek Organizations Formed the NPHC

Howard University students founded the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) — not to be confused with the National Panhellenic Conference — in 1930 to spark unity and protect the members’ collective interests.

Though some members of NPHC were at HBCUs, others were not and needed a place to ensure their institutions would treat them fairly. The council’s formation ensured that members would have a say on their respective campuses.

The Divine Nine’s Civil Rights Legacy

Black Greek-letter organizations like the Divine Nine have been historically significant for many reasons, including involvement in the Black Arts movement, the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement, and most recently, Black Lives Matter. As organizations committed to serving the Black community, these organizations’ missions easily fell in line with the movements’ missions.

Many members of Divine Nine organizations were pivotal figures in the Civil Rights movement, including but not limited to:

Chapters themselves were also important to the movement, as they formed connections with organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

What the Divine Nine Does Today

Today, the Divine Nine is still deeply committed to the Black community. The organizations have not forgotten their history as changemakers and are still dedicated to service, empowerment, and fellowship.

Members of NPHC called for racial justice in 2020, specifically in response to George Floyd’s killing. Individual chapters and members have also demonstrated in support of the message behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

Both collegiate and alum members of the Divine Nine organizations participate in philanthropic efforts — from heart disease awareness to denouncing sexual assault — with the specific cause varying from chapter to chapter. They are all also very involved in voter rights activism.

The Divine Nine at HBCUs

At HBCUs, the Divine Nine are usually intertwined with the history of the schools. They are involved in campus-wide events and are recognized and celebrated by faculty and staff. HBCUs feature Greek life organizations like the Divine Nine at athletic eventsprofessional affairs, and the HBCU homecoming experience — which is much more than just a football game for many HBCUs.

Additionally, members of the Divine Nine understand the powerful network of members, both collegiate and alumni, that come along with joining these organizations. With more people interested in joining HBCUs, those networks become much stronger.

The Divine Nine at PWIs

At PWIs, Divine Nine organizations may be less involved in school-sponsored activities and events, but they are no less committed to their missions. These groups often become hubs for Black and other minority students interested in the principles of Divine Nine organizations.

Additionally, Divine Nine members at PWIs are often leaders of social activism on their campuses. They also tend to be involved with other organizations across campus. Divine Nine fraternities and sororities at PWIs tend to be smaller in number and very tight-knit, with members who are devoted to their new-found families.

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