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Anti-Discrimination in a Contemporary American Fraternity: A Case Study

Richardson, Matthew R (2013) Anti-Discrimination in a Contemporary American Fraternity: A Case Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This doctoral dissertation is an empirical study employing the case study research design and aims at gathering the perspectives of fraternity men concerning the utility of anti-discrimination clauses in protecting minority members’ interests and contributing to a sense of belonging. The case includes a mixed methodology of a survey, focus group interviews, document review, and one on one interviews in terms of data collection. The participants in this study are active and alumni fraternity men affiliated with a social fraternity in the North American Interfraternity Conference. The active member sample comes from a single chapter of the organization at a large, research, public institution in the northeastern region of the United States. The alumni were selected based in consultation with the leadership of the organization. The data indicates that the sampled chapter of the organization has a generally welcoming environment to men of different races, religions, and sexual orientations, but that fraternity bylaws and anti-discrimination clauses are not credited by members for this. Instead, a welcoming organizational climate as promoted within the given chapter allows for this appreciation of diversity to continue.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Richardson, Matthew Rmrr54@pitt.eduMRR54
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberSutin, Stewartssutin@pitt.eduSSUTIN
Committee MemberWeidman, John Cweidman@pitt.eduWEIDMAN
Committee MemberHumphrey, Kathykathyh@pitt.eduKATHYH
Committee MemberSurmacz,
Date: 13 May 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 April 2013
Approval Date: 13 May 2013
Submission Date: 17 April 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 215
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, Greek life, fraternity, diversity
Date Deposited: 13 May 2013 17:53
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:11


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