Date of Award
Master of Science
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Education (Higher Education)
Nancy J. Evans
The purpose of this study was to investigate through phenomenological methodology how a Latina-based sorority influences the ethnic identity development of those associated with it on a predominantly white campus in the Midwest. Using ethnographic methods, the twelve-week study involved weekly observations during the organization's scheduled meetings and other extracurricular activities. The fifteen participants were asked through a written survey, focus group sessions, and in-depth interviews to reflect on their experiences and environments before beginning college and at the present time. A phenomenological approach was used to interpret the stories shared by participants to understand how the Latina women make meaning out of their own personal development and the salience of different aspects of their ethnic identity, as well as the role they see the sorority playing in their development. The findings confirmed that the development of ethnic identity was influenced by participation in the Latina-based sorority. It was found that the sorority provided a familial environment on campus encouraged pride in culture, and promoted the empowerment of women for the participants involved in the study.
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Jennifer Gray Nuñez
Nuñez, Jennifer Gray, "The empowerment of Latina university students: a phenomenological study of ethnic identity development through involvement in a Latina-based sorority" (2004). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 16904.