Latin sororities, fraternities, bring comfort, support to Latin students in predominately white spaces

By: Kiara Hay / Sep 20, 202

(WXYZ) — For Diego Andrade-Caberea getting into the University of Michigan was a dream.

He is the son of immigrant parents and the first in his family to ever go to college. But once he settled onto the UM campus, he began to feel lonely and intimidated.

“I really started navigating this whole college thing by myself,” Andrade-Caberea said.

But he soon learned he wouldn’t have to.

After developing a relationship with a few other Latinx boys on campus, he discovered they were a part of a fraternity—Lambda Theta Phi.

“I didn’t know Latin fraternity was actually a thing,” he said.

Neither did Alex Perez who admits to feeling displaced at the University of Michigan because many people do not look like him.

“Coming here, to a predominately white institution, and everyone you talk to in the classroom is white. They don’t understand the culture. It kind of sucks,” Perez said.

But now Both Cabrera and Perez have found their support and strength through their chapter.