Sense of Belonging of New Members who are First-Generation College Students: A Single-Institution Qualitative Case Study

Harrel-Hallmark et al. / Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors / March 2022

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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.