From Struggle to Success via Latina Sororities: Culture Shock, Marginalization, Embracing Ethnicity, and Educational Persistence Through Academic Capital Academic Article uri icon


  • We query the role that sorority involvement serves in the college experiences of Latinas in ethnic sororities. We find that Latina sorority members at first experience culture shock and marginalization at a selective, predominantly White university in the Southwest. Our respondents were incorporated into Latina sororities, which provided them with academic capital, that is, the skills, knowledge, and emotional support that resulted in their educational persistence.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Orta, D., Murguia, E., & Cruz, C.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Orta, David||Murguia, Edward||Cruz, Cristina

publication date

  • January 2019