Better Options for Us All in Greek Life

Better Options for Us All in Greek Life

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Every college student knows a Greek. It's your roomate, your suitemate, your best friend, your RA, maybe even your teacher. You see them in the student center, around the library. They're literally everywhere.

For black students on PWIs (Predominantly White Institutes) Greek life is an essential means to many of our white counterparts on campus. But not really us. Why is that?

Partially because we don't see our selves in these sororities and frats. You know what, I cant speak for every black person out there but I can speak for many of my friends if not all.

IF WE CAN'T JOIN A DIVINE 9, WE'LL SIT ON THE REST OF THEM.

Again, let me reiterate that this is a personal preference of me and my friends. When we tell others who are not black of our desicion they always say "Well can't you bring it to the campus?"

HELLO! Don't you think we tried?! We were told that there were more than enough sororities on campus and that we should join one of them. Two months later a multicultral sorority showed up.

I gritted my teeth and smiled at my classmates as they talked about how excited they were about joining. While on the inside I was fuming!

BACKSTORY: When I was in the 6th grade I did a lot of community service and hands on uplifting girls projects with memebers of a specfic Divine 9. (I'm going to keep the name confidential). I loved going to the meetings and on the trips and meeting new people.

I told myself that at this young age that when I went to college I would pledge this sorority and become a sister. My sister is also in the sorority and I figured it'd be something both of us could bond over.

Imagine my shock when I came to college and my dream sorority wasn't here. Neither were any of the Divine 9s. Where was everyone?!


Why wasn't anyone stepping? What is a mixer? Where are the frat houses? Why isn't anyone chanting?

It was a cultural shock to the highest degree of confusion, but I did not let it deter me from my dream. I along with some friends went to talk to a Greek life organizer where we were told that my dream was not going to happen.

Okay girl we get it. Ya sorority isn't on campus. Why are you writing this article?


BECAUSE DIVINE 9s NEED TO BE ON ALL PWIs.

Everyone is always talking about how we all need to be inclusive and accepting of others. Sorry to break it to you folks but that's not going to happen over night. Black kids don't fit into white sororities because they weren't made with us in mind. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE OUR OWN!

Now I'm not saying it's nothing wrong with the white sororities but those sisters can't be my sistahs! You get what I'm laying down.

We need a sisterhood. Not a museum. If I need help with haircare or skincare I know that they would have the best advice becasue we share the same culture.

Divine 9s are needed on PWIs because when walk out of our dorms and walk out of our classes we don't have sisters and brothers who can relate to us. Though many black students do join the white sororities if they had better options they may not have to.

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To My Big, I Forgot To Tell You

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Dear Biggie,

Hey dork.

I never really said anything like this, but thank you for always being there for me. I have never had someone that really saw so much potential in a friendship with me, and I want to thank you for that. Not many people understand how important the Big/Little relationship is when you choose to enter a sisterhood, but you made it so much more than a couple gifts and pictures.

I made a new friend, and a lifelong sister. The best part of how we met is the fact that you took a chance. Maybe we didn't know each other too well, but in choosing my sorority, I shared a common value with you that resulted in us being brought together.

And in the short time that we have been together, I am so glad to call you one of my closest friends! Thank you for always being the biggest (Ha get it, cause you're my Big) supporter in everything I do. I will always have your back and be your shoulder to lean on when things get tough. I am forever grateful to have you in my life to guide me through these next 4 years. Thank you for the endless inside jokes, laughs, cries, and everything in between. I can't wait for what is yet to come and to be as amazing of a Big as you are, to my own Little some day.

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A Letter To My Sorority Mom

It's always been you.
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Dear Mom,

I am beyond happy to say that you are finally my mom. I have been waiting for this for what feels like forever, and the anticipation and tricks practically killed me, but you already know that. Today I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me in the past few months, and what you will do from here on out.

When I first met you, I can honestly say I never thought we would be as good of friends as we are. Fast forward about 5 months, I can’t imagine my life without you. I thought we were so different at first, but I learned in such a short time that that could not be further from the truth. I was shocked to find how similar we were, but I’m so glad I did.

When the time came to choose a mom, I knew I wanted you. I’m the most indecisive person you will ever meet, but there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that you were going to be my mom. You’re everything I wanted in a mom and more, and I knew that deep down, I only wanted you.

I knew I wanted a mom who would always be there for me and support me through anything, and you do just that. Even when I barely knew you, you were a constant source of support to me in everything I did.

I also wanted a mom who I could go to with anything and trust you would keep all my secrets, something I found in you early on. It did not matter how big or small the thing was, I trusted you and you never broke that, and to this day you still haven’t. I’m not the most trusting person, but you made it easy.

I wanted a mom who was similar to me, and like you said before, We are the same person. We have similar interests; from the same major and minor, a passion to dance, our love for shopping, and so much more. I found so much of me in you, more than I’ve found in anyone else I’ve ever met.

Sorority bigs/moms are there for guidance and mentoring above all else, and that was something important to me. I knew I wanted my mom to be someone who could guide me, and show me how to be the best sister I can be. And mom, you’ve been doing that since the beginning. I value your advice and the things you tell me, you have no idea how much it has meant to me. I have asked you around a billion and one questions about not only Greek life, but life in general, and you’ve always given me your honest opinion. It doesn’t matter what it is, you’ve helped me and guided me through so much in such a short amount of time.

If you don’t take anything else away from this letter, I hope you at least know this: I love you mom, it’s always been you. I know you were put in my life 5 months ago for many reasons, and I’m so glad the universe brought us together.

Thank you for being the mom I never knew I needed and I don’t think I would be where I am today if I didn’t have you to lean on.

I love you mom, forever and always.

Love, Kiddie

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