University of Alabama sorority recruitment

UA Sorority Racism
4:10 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Black Women Accept Bids, Break Racial Barrier At UA Sororities

According to several media reports two traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.
Credit Michelle Lepianka Carter / AP

Traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama have broken the color barrier.

UA President Judy Bonner provided an update on the efforts to diversify Panhellenic sororities at Alabama in a video Friday.

Bonner says during the recently reopened continuous open bid process sororities have issued 72 bids this week.

Eleven African American women received bids. Three bids went to other minorities. Eighteen bids have already been accepted. Four of those bids were accepted by African American women and two by other minorities.

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UA Sorority Investigation
8:15 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Alabama Revamps Sorority Rules Amid Racism Claims

The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of racism.
Michelle Lepianka Carter / AP

The University of Alabama is ordering changes in its sorority system amid charges of racism in the Greek-letter organizations.

   A spokeswoman says President Judy Bonner is requiring the groups to begin using a recruitment process where new members can be added at any time.

   The change was announced Monday. It follows reports by the student newspaper, The Crimson White, detailing allegations that alumnae of some all-white sororities were blocking the chapters from adding black students as new members.

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UA Sororities Investigation
8:25 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Sororities Probing Intake Process at UA

Pi Beta Phi is one of three sororities officials are investgating after alleged discrimination against two African-American girls during the recruitment process.
Cary Norton for The New York Times

Representatives of three sororities say they're investigating their recruitment process at the University of Alabama after some groups were accused of rejecting two potential members because they're black.

   WTVM-TV reported Thursday that Pi Beta Phi sorority, Chi Omega and Alpha Gamma Delta released statements saying their organizations are investigating after the UA student newspaper, The Crimson White, reported members of two sororities were looking to vote on African-American candidates but were blocked from doing so by alumni members.

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