TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Annual recruitment has ended for sororities at the University of Alabama with black women making up just 1 percent of new members.
The university released a breakdown of the 2014 sorority pledge class Saturday amid questions over whether the groups accept blacks as new members. Its numbers showed 2,054 women accepted bids to join sororities. Of those, 190 were minorities — including 21 black women.
Deborah M. Lane, associate vice president for university relations, said all pledges who identified themselves as black received a bid to join a sorority. Still, she said, “We have not reached our destination.”
The university became embroiled in controversy last year after the student newspaper reported some white sororities rejected blacks as new members because of race. Administrators changed some rules to encourage diversity.
The university released the following statement regarding the Fall 2014 Sorority Formal Recruitment results.
“Of the 2,276 young women who registered for Fall 2014 formal recruitment, 2,054 women accepted bids. Of the total number of women who accepted bids, 190 were minorities, including 21 who self-identified as African American. Every young women identifying herself as African American received a bid. None withdrew from recruitment or were released. All 16 of the Panhellenic sororities participating in recruitment offered bids to African American women. Through the mutual selection process, the 21 women accepted bids to 10 sororities.
We have not reached our destination, but we will continue to move forward with resolve, energy and enthusiasm. And, while numbers are not the only measure of success, they do indicate that we are making progress. The University of Alabama will continue to focus on creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive campus for all students.”