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Continuing education for Black Greek advisers.

DaJuane M. Harris on "Perspectives: A Little Bit of Knowledge (about BGLOs) is a Dangerous Thing" column by Dr. Gregory S. Parks, Sept. 20:

As usual (Parks) makes valid points in this piece. I liked the point about the hiring of BGLO (Black Greek-Letter Organizations) members as Greek Affairs advisers. It is true that many BGLO members have only a rudimentary knowledge of their respective organizations, let alone the others within the Divine Nine. A number of those folks have the "I uphold hazing as tradition mentality" and become enablers rather than capable advisers and preventers of dangerous activities.

I agree with (Parks' proposed) solution, and I'm intrigued to learn what would be needed to encourage NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors to implement continuing education programming. If implemented, it could save some young people from harm and provide advisers with an enriched experience because they wouldn't be in the dark about BGLO and/or the National Association for Latino Fraternal Organizations culture.
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Title Annotation:letters
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 14, 2010
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