GMA cites Gillon’s study about racism in fraternities, sororities

A story on Good Morning America’s website about Black students experiencing racism in college Greek life cited a 2019 study co-authored by Kathleen Gillon, assistant professor of higher education at the University of Maine. Historically Black fraternities and sororities launched in the early 1900s when traditional social organizations excluded BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) from joining. “The same concepts that legalized racial segregation in America, and the power structure that caused [Black Greek Letter Organization] BGLOs’ founders to form these organizations, still are in place today,” according to the study. Gillon researched “Race and Racism in Fraternity and Sorority Life” with Cameron C. Beatty and Cristobal Salinas Jr.