Fitting In: Exploring Cultural Fraternities & Sororities

Fitting In: Exploring Cultural Fraternities & Sororities
Fitting In: Exploring Cultural Fraternities & Sororities
While the number of college students who are minorities has certainly been increasing over the years, some minority students still find themselves feeling like the odd man out on their particular campus. This is especially true on campuses where their ethnicity represents only a small percentage of the student body. A great source of support and camaraderie for minority students can be found by joining a cultural fraternity or sorority.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, for instance, is a place African American women on many college campuses turn to find friendship and encouragement from other women who share not only their skin color, but also often their background and personal struggle. Similarly, the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is an organization for African American men at various college campuses. Fraternities such as Alpha Phi Alpha are great because their membership recognizes the need to help correct the various injustices African Americans face economically, politically and socially. These organizations try to get to the root of core issues that cause blacks to have a lower college graduation rate than non-Hispanic whites. They also provide support that is often crucial to helping African American students overcome obstacles that stand in the way of graduation.

Similar fraternities and sororities exist for Latino college students. One co-ed Latino fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda, touts the statistics that college students who involve themselves in fraternities or sororities have higher grade point averages, higher graduation rates and greater success in their post-college endeavors. This is vital considering that in 2003, only 11 percent of Hispanics held bachelor’s degrees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Cultural organizations like these provide a source of accountability for Latino students to continue going to class and to press on toward their goals.

Similar organizations exist for Asian American, Native American, Jewish, Italian American, South Asian and LGBT students. Cultural fraternities and sororities provide support and camaraderie for a wide variety of foreign-born students as well. Foreign-born students often must overcome hurdles such as vast cultural differences and language barriers, and it helps to find a group of people on campus with whom you can share life perspectives.

Religious fraternities and sororities can also help students find their niche on campus. While Christian organizations are the most common in the U.S., there are also fraternal organizations for Muslims and other religions.
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