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ERIC Number: ED407194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-9
Pages: 48
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Latina Sororities and Higher Education: The Ties That Bind.
Olivas, Margarita Refugia
Research on U.S. "Greek" sororities has typically addressed issues dealing with White women in higher education. In contrast, this case study sought to identify the cultural behaviors and group norms that serve to enhance academic achievement and reinforce personal growth among members of a Latina sorority. In fall 1993, interviews were conducted with 12 members of a Latina sorority at a northwestern university. Their testimonies reveal that the reasons for joining this Latina sorority are in profound contrast to those given by White women who join sororities. Moreover, the members view the organization as a means for preserving or regaining an individual, yet collective, ethnic identity. Additionally, findings indicate that the formation of this Latina sorority was a response to institutionalized racism; feelings of isolation and alienation; needs for emotional, psychological, and social support; and a need to belong to a family. Cultural themes that emerged from the data relate to family, sisterhood, gender role expectations, community, and respect (for oneself and others). Latina sororities such as this one provide a refuge in an often hostile environment, fulfill needs not met by family or the academic world, and help students to empower themselves. Contains 70 references. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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