Mea Ashley, Ph.D. is a 2022 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Mea Ashley at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Mitch Kusy, Committee Chair, Dr. Harriet L. Schwartz, Committee Member, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Committee Member.
- Mitch Kusy, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Harriet L. Schwartz, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Walter Kimbrough, Ph.D., Committee Member
religion, Christianity, Black Greek-letter organizations, BGLO, sorority, fraternity, denounce, thematic analysis, YouTube, testimonials, confessions, renounce, idolatry, blasphemy, organization membership
Today, Black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) struggle to use empirical data to address financial burden, elitism, hazing, relevance in social justice issues, and the anti-BGLO movement. The anti-BGLO movement frames this study. The movement stems from beliefs that secret societies, fraternities, and sororities are anti-Christian. Society will continue to question the relevance and importance of BGLOs if they cannot overcome the issues plaguing them. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to ascertain why members are leaving BGLOs, in case the organizations find the anti-BGLO movement to be a threat to organizational vitality. Through thematic analysis, 18 YouTube testimonials from denouncers were investigated to answer the research question: What are the most significant reasons ex-BGLO members say they denounce their organizations? The dataset produced 12 themes, scriptural evidence to support the speakers’ decisions, and a narrative overview of their journey. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Ashley, M. (2022). "Because God Said So": A Thematic Analysis of Why People Denounce Black Greek-Letter Organizations. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/866