published Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Sorority bids offered to 23 minorities at University of Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama President Judy Bonner says more than 20 minorities have been offered membership in historically white sororities after school officials railed against the campus' Greek system in response to allegations of systemic racism.

Al.com reported Tuesday that Bonner said the school's Greek organizations are far from achieving full integration, but have made notable strides recently.

The UA student newspaper quoted a member of an all-white sorority in September who said alumnae blocked undergraduates from accepting a qualified prospective member because she was black.

A member of another all-white sorority said she left the organization after it failed to add a black woman as a member.

The faculty senate recently voted to create a task force of faculty members, administrators and students to improve campus diversity.

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