Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2004

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Major

Education (Higher Education)

First Advisor

Nancy J. Evans

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-7526

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Jennifer Gray Nuñez

Language

en

OCLC Number

(OCoLC)61123484

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

145 pages

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