October 28th, from 6;30 to 9:30 we will be having our third workshop sponsored by the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute, funded by the College of Liberal Arts’ IIDEA award. The event will be hosted by John and Lisa Eason. David Orta will be presenting his paper “We Found Each Other and We Feel Good Now”: Belonging in Latina/o Sororities and Fraternities as Resistance in White Places.
Abstract: As Latinxs become the largest college-age population in the U.S., it is increasingly important to learn about how successful Latinx college students navigate the social and academic landscapes of their universities. In this project, I examine the relationship between Latina/o college students’ experiences with racism, identity, and academic persistence. By employing mixed qualitative methods, my project reveals that the social experiences of Latina/os at predominantly white universities can negatively affect their relationship with the institution. I find that Latina/o students, after encountering significant forms of racism, gain a sense of belonging through their participation in a Latina/o sorority or fraternity, which allows them to reject stereotypes and to foster positive social identities that promote academic persistence and success in college.