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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

African American Nurses: The Chi Eta Phi Sorority

Carmen Vaughn-Hewitt was awarded a 2021 Archie Green Fellowship to document “African American Nurses: The Chi Eta Phi Sorority.” A nurse with more than 30 years of experience and training in history and oral history, Vaughn-Hewitt conducted in-depth interviews with 15 members of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority Incorporated, a renowned historically Black national nursing sorority founded in 1932, in order to document members’ experiences as African American nurses in contemporary America. Founded as a sorority, today Chi Eta Phi membership includes nurses of all genders. Some of the interviews were conducted at the Chi Eta Phi's 2022 Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

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