Shows Connection Between Latina Sorority Membership
and Successful College Adjustment
Sorority involvement shown to improve high
school to college transition
March 30, 2006 :: No. 189
Gina Garcia knew her
time spent in a Latina sorority had a positive impact on
her adjustment to college and believed others shared similar
feelings. Still, she didn’t have
a way to prove it.
Garcia, a student and retention coordinator at Cal State
Fullerton, conducted a study that found that Latina women
who belong to Latina sororities more easily complete the
transition from high school to college than nonmembers of
“They were significantly more adjusted, specifically, more adjusted socially
and in relation to their commitment to the institution,” Garcia said
of the sorority members in the study, which was completed as her graduate thesis
last May at the University of Maryland.
Garcia, who presented her findings last week at the ACPA
College Student Educators International annual convention,
said Latinas in Latina sororities generally felt more satisfied
with their social life and extracurricular activities, fit
in better with their social groups and cared more about their
campus community than women who weren’t members of
Garcia noted, however, that sorority membership was not significantly
related to a student’s ability to adjust academically
and emotionally to university life.
For the study, Garcia surveyed 314 college students from
across the county – 183 Latina sorority members and
131 nonmembers – through a Web-based questionnaire.
“The implication is that membership [in a sorority] can help these women
adjust to the campus, and research says, ultimately, that could lead to whether
or not they graduate,” she said.
Garcia’s interest in this area stems largely from
her own experiences as a member of Lamba Theta Alpha, a Latina
sorority, during her studies at the University of Maryland.
Lamba Theta Alpha has a chapter at Cal State Fullerton, and
the campus is also home to a pair of coed Latino fraternities — Delta
Sigma Chi and Lamba Sigma Chi.
Garcia said she hopes to one day expand on her research.
“The multicultural Greek movement is booming,” she
a very minimal amount of literature on the subject, and I’d like to get
some information out there.
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Media Contacts: Gina
Garcia, Office of the Dean of Students, 657-278-2266
Robby Nisenfeld, Public
Affairs, 657-278-3798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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