Greek Life is a predominant social arena on American college campuses. Although Greek Organizations can be controversial, many American students across the country choose to join them. Additionally, in a country with growing diversity, a need to reflect that diversity in higher education has been a growing trend. However, then comes the question, how should multiculturalism be reflected within Greek organizations and should it at all? Especially, when it seems only natural to join a group of students that you have something in common with, which most certainly includes culture. The question then becomes, how does one remedy this seemingly innate in-group mentality of Greek Organizations with the idea of multiculturalism? Is this even possible?
More specifically, I have tried to collect and recount the stories Muslim American students and their experiences with Greek Life. In my interviews, I have come across a whole host of diverse experiences. I became interested in this nuanced subject in thinking about how the American media portrayed Muslims and Islam post-9/11. Some students did end up expressing a type of ignorance among their peers when it came to the realities of Muslim Americans, but this could also be because among the students I interviewed, identities, values, and backgrounds proved to be incredibly different and complex, which begged a problem with my research question in the first place. So here, in order to really understand multiculturalism, it must truly be redefined.
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