While there is research to suggest that first-generation college students benefit from and have a greater sense of belonging as a result of involvement in student organizations, there is limited research on how first-generation college students develop a sense of belonging specifically through their involvement as new members of a fraternity or sorority. This study, constructed within a single-institution qualitative case study framework, highlighted the unique role that organizational involvement, mentorship, emotional support, and first-generation status and identity can play in the development of sense of belonging for fraternity and sorority new members that are first-generation college students.
Harrel-Hallmark, Levi J.; Castles, Jason; and Sasso, Pietro A.
"Sense of Belonging of New Members who are First-Generation College Students: A Single-Institution Qualitative Case Study,"
Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors: Vol. 16:
02, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol16/iss02/7