Title

Sorority Life and Campus Social Integration

Faculty Sponsor

Lissa Yogan

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Sociology

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-4-2017

Abstract

The purpose of this research project is to understand how sorority life impacts social integration and campus involvement at Valparaiso University. This study may help to eliminate stereotypes about sororities and display their important contribution to Valparaiso University's campus. It is hypothesized that women on the Valparaiso University campus, had they not joined Greek life, were at a greater risk of leaving Valparaiso University. This study explores whether students feel disengaged from Valparaiso University's campus, and considered dropping out of college or changing schools prior to joining Greek life (specifically sorority life). Ultimately, we want to know if sorority life made students stay enrolled at Valparaiso University. This study will also address specific reasons as to why women on Valparaiso University's campus go through the sorority recruitment process in order to enhance that process as a whole. Survey research will be conducted because it is considered the most efficient way of reaching sorority members on campus. The key variable is women involved in sorority life, and their involvement on campus prior to joining a sorority and after joining a sorority. The survey will be conducted in the spring semester of 2017, and the research will be concluded before the end of April.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Elisha Matthews is a sociology and criminology major with a minor in psychology. She is from Forest Park, Illinois.

Abigail Wichlinski is also a sociology and criminology major with a minor in social work. She is from Valparaiso, Indiana.

This project was an interest to both students, as one is a Greek affiliate, while the other is not. Both individuals were curious as to whether or not sorority life helped with campus integration and college life as a whole.

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