Sigma Iota Alpha
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|Sigma Iota Alpha|
|Founded||September 29, 1990|
|Motto||Semper Unum et Inseparabilis (Always One and Inseparable)|
|Colors||Red, Gold, Royal Blue, White and Black|
|Symbol||Unicorn and Pegasus|
|Headquarters||Prince Street Station, P.O. Box 237
New York, New York, USA
Sigma Iota Alpha (ΣΙΑ)--Official name is Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. -- is a Latina-oriented Greek letter intercollegiate and independent sorority, founded on September 29, 1990, 13 dedicated ladies from SUNY Albany, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY New Paltz, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The sorority participates in local, national and international community service as well as educational, cultural and social events.
Throughout the last 23 years, SIA has grown as an organization composed over 49 Undergraduate Chapters, 11 Graduate/Alumnae Chapters, and 13 Colonies in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and California, Kansas, Arkansas, and South Carolina. The chapters and colonies are composed of undergraduate, graduate, and professional women.
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. promotes service on 3 different levels; International, National, and Local. The National Philanthropy of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc is One Heartland. SIA has had several initiatives in place since their establishment: Special Olympics, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the March of Dimes. Additionally, every chapter is required to sponsor a child through Children's International.
Mission & Goals
The mission of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. is to uphold the goals set forth by the thirteen founding mothers. They are to formalize, cultivate, and foster bonds amongst each other as sisters and to abide by respect, trust, communication, professionalism, and accountability.
- To constantly strive towards the expansion of awareness of the Latino and diverse cultures.
- To promote sisterhood and leadership among members.
- To serve as models of excellence in education and achievement among women.
The mission is fulfilled and goals are upheld through educational programming, community service, and personal development.
R.O.S.E. Mentorship Program
The R.O.S.E. Mentorship Program is a national educational initiative meant to serve as a resource to young women aged 14–18. It encourages service, scholarship and personal development in order to create leaders within communities while providing the tools necessary to succeed.
The R.O.S.E. Mentorship Program aims to:
- Provide mentorship and programming that will aid in the academic and personal development of young Latinas.
- Utilize SIA's network of professional Latinas to increase awareness of the Latino culture while promoting educational excellence and proactive community involvement.
- Develop leadership qualities and abilities in young Latinas.
- Work in conjunction with the Solidaridad, Inspiración, y Amistad Community Foundation, Inc. to establish solid partnerships that produce additional resources for young Latinas.
- Gloria Garayua, film and television actress
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2007)|
- http://www.hermandad-sia.org National Website