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Aerial Hobson

Aerial Hobson
Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Services;
Multicultural Greek Council and National Panhellenic Council Advisor

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Q&A with OU's Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, Aerial Hobson

As a first-grader, Aerial Hobson knew she wanted to be in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At the time, her older sisters were attending college and part of the sorority. When it was finally Aerial’s turn to experience Greek life, she was welcomed into a small chapter of fewer than eight women and dived fully into the philanthropies and the mission behind the organization.

Today, Aerial serves the University of Oklahoma as the coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Services as well as the advisor for the Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Q: How are Black students celebrating their history on campus?
Black students celebrate their history every time they enter a classroom that was forbidden to them prior to George McLaurin in 1948. Every passing grade and every time they raise their hand to answer a question, touch a stage or a field, and leave here with a degree in hand is a celebration.


Q: What opportunities should Black students take advantage of during their time at OU?
I always tell my students to utilize their resources including the Black faculty and staff. There will be no other point in their life where the system is designed specifically for success. There are free tutors for every subject, there are opportunities for free meals at least three times a week by going to different on-campus events, there are opportunities for free and discounted tuition by holding certain jobs on campus. Use them. The Black faculty and staff are in rooms where students can’t go, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speak their names when opportunities for leadership, public speaking, scholarships, internships, and other resume and career-boosting conversations are being had.

Q: What sets OU apart from other universities?
It’s how much the alumni are involved. From tailgates to luncheons, they are willing to invest not just their money, but their time in current students. I know in our department alone, we have made phone calls to former students from more than 10 years ago, and they have still shown up to present at our retreats and workshops. That is the mark of a truly great institution when coming back feels like coming home.

Q: How does Greek life build community throughout the student body at OU?
: Our Greek students make up thirty percent of the student body and they are everywhere on campus. These students are your tour guides, your program ambassadors, your Camp Crimson small group leaders. They are on the Dean’s List, winning countless awards, and tackling summer internships. I believe their sheer drive to be present and to lead builds the community because they break stereotypes of a Hollywood “sorority girl” or a “frat boy.”

Q: Do you have any advice for prospective students who are interested in Greek life at OU?
Any student who is interested in Greek life should do their research. Not just researching the chapters on campus but the national values of the organization. We have five Greek Councils that govern 58 unique organizations, so there is a place for everyone. Before joining, spend time at their events and really ask them questions. Remember, while the stepping and strolling look cool, and yes, we have awesome gear, at the heart of each organization is scholarship, service, and siblinghood.