If you are new to university and part of the Latino community, you might be wondering where you can find a home away from home. You might have thought about joining a Latino fraternity or a Latina sorority, and want to know if it’s worth it. Fortunately, there are many benefits to joining one.

What are the reasons to consider joining a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority? The reasons to consider joining a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority include the following:

  1. Having a sense of community
  2. Preservation of culture and history
  3. Mentorship and guidance
  4. Latin pride
  5. Affordable
  6. College Retention

You’ll likely want to know more details about each of these benefits to decide if joining one of these organizations for you. And now that we are in the throes of Hispanic Heritage Month, it only makes sense that you’d want to know more about how you can get involved with your community. Keep reading to help you decide if getting in on this part of Greek life is for you. 

The Benefits of Joining a Latino Fraternity or Latina Sorority

Below you will find more information about each of the benefits of joining a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority. 

1. Having a Sense of Community

If you are Latino or Latina, you might be at a university where only a small percentage of the campus population is Latin. After all, only 37% of Latinos ages 18 to 24 were enrolled in a two or four-year college in 2015, according to the U.S. Census. That number has increased and is expected to continue to rise, but there are still many campuses where Hispanics are underrepresented.

If you have grown up in an all Latino community, you might be looking for a safe-haven on campus where you can connect with people like you. One of the main focuses of many multicultural organizations is to provide support to minority students. Joining a typical fraternity or sorority might not provide you with that in the same way that joining a multicultural Greek organization would. 

If you are looking for a sense of belonging on a campus where the Latin population is small, joining a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority might be just what you need. 

2. Preservation of Culture and History

Another reason to join a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority is for the preservation of culture and history. This is an integral part of the mission for many multicultural Greek organizations. For instance, Phi Iota Alpha has an initiation process that includes education about Latin American history. For those who feel that this part of your education was lacking in U.S. classrooms, you may find this emphasis on Latin American history even more valuable. 

3. Mentorship and Guidance

Latino fraternities and Latino sororities provide a deep support network for minorities that can have an even more profound impact on first-generation college students. As a first-generation college student, navigating college can be difficult, especially because your parents are limited in their ability to provide guidance. Joining a multicultural Greek organization can provide you with the insights and support you need to get through university. 

After all, you’ll have a whole support network of hermanos or hermanas that will mentor you and guide you along the way. 

4. Latin Pride

Latino fraternities and Latina sororities are proud to be different. Members of these organizations continue to show off their Latin pride through the letters they wear, representing their organization. Additionally, one of the most popular activities that Greek multicultural organizations get involved in is called “stepping and strolling.” It typically includes Greek members performing a dance routine to showcase their organization’s Greek letters and Latin heritage. 

5. Affordable

Another reason to join multicultural Greek life is that it is more affordable than joining traditional Greek life. While in a traditional fraternity or sorority, you might spend thousands of dollars a year in dues, Latino fraternities can be around $300 a year. Often, multicultural sororities and fraternities are significantly cheaper than their traditional counterparts, making them more accessible. 

6. College Retention

While more and more Hispanics are attending college, the reality is that they are still behind when it comes to graduation rates. For instance, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than half of Latino men enrolled in college graduated within six years in 2014. Latino fraternities and Latina sororities encourage their members to keep their grades up. 

Therefore, joining a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority will not only help you maintain your grades, but it will also give you a reason to go to school every day and to finish it out. Remember, your fellow hermanos or hermanas will be rooting for you. 

Wrapping Up

Now you know why you should consider joining Latin Greek life. Keep in mind that whether you want to join a traditional fraternity or sorority, or one that prioritizes the ethnic experience and history, both have their place on campus and can add substantial value to the student experience. Even traditional Greek life is growing in diversity, but if you want to be apart of an organization that helps you feel like you’re always going back to your roots, then join a Latino fraternity or Latina sorority. 

Regardless, deciding what organizations to join on campus can be a bit daunting. If you need some assistance, GreekXperience is specifically designed to help students find the fraternity or sorority that best aligns with their interests and values. Make sure to connect with our Instagram or send us a note if you think GreekXperience is a platform that would benefit your campus!


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