Empowerment, Resistance, and Leisure among Latino Student Organizations

Juan Carlos Acevedo, Monika Stodolska

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The goal of the study was to examine leisure, empowerment, and resistance among members of Latino student organizations. The study examined how the process of empowerment is being achieved and what roles leisure plays in the empowerment process. Focus groups were conducted with 26 representatives of four Latino student organizations on a campus of a large midwestern university. The findings showed that the empowerment was being achieved by helping students adjust to the university life and succeed in college, by strengthening their cultural heritage and teaching others about the Latino culture, and by helping local underprivileged communities. Leisure was used to foster bonds among group members, to showcase groups' cultural heritage, to make activities organized for others more attractive, and as a form of fundraising and attracting new members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-476
Number of pages17
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019


  • Latino
  • empowerment
  • leisure
  • resistance
  • student organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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