When you’re in college, finding your place in the world can feel especially daunting. But a sense of community and group of people that reflect your own culture and heritage can make all the difference. For many Latinx students in particular, having access to this kind of support network means joining culturally-based sororities and fraternities.
The focus of these multicultural organizations is to create a strong sisterhood and brotherhood for students of color and ultimately help them adjust to the campus community at large. This is huge for many who can often feel singled out on their college campuses. As NBC News reports, fewer than 10 percent of the students at the University of Denver, for example, are Latino.
According to The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. (NALFO), there are sixteen fraternities and sororities that share a commitment to the mission of making this transition easier.
NALFO is made up of culturally based Greek Letter Organizations that include ten sororities, five fraternities, and one co-ed fraternity. Their purpose is to help unite and empower its members by offering Hispanic students a deeper understanding of their culture and identity.
More than going to parties — these fraternities and sororities provide a way for self-expression and a way of giving back.
Take for instance, Las Hermanas of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc, which is committed to promoting public service and cultural awareness. The organization was founded in 1988 and provides a lifetime network of Hermanas dedicated to empowering themselves and their communities.
Some of the sorority’s goals include unifying women through the promotion of Latinx culture, as well as enlightening their respective communities about Latinx social and political issues.
Similarly, Alpha Psi Lambda, advocates for the needs and concerns of Hispanic students. Considered the nation’s first and largest co-ed Latinx fraternity, the organization has over 3,100 members and was founded on the basis of serving the university campus and community while promoting Latinx cultures.
Alpha Psi Lambda’s mission, according to their website, involves promoting “continued personal and collective growth of our membership, success and unity through education, leadership, cultural awareness and community service.”