Sigma Lambda Gamma
|Sigma Lambda Gamma|
|Founded||April 9, 1990
University of Iowa
|Motto||Culture is Pride, Pride is Success (Cultura es Orgullo, Orgullo es Exito)|
|Colors||Shocking Pink and Majestic Purple|
|Chapters||131 undergrad, 12 colonies, 25 alumnae associations|
|Headquarters||900 West Penn Street
North Liberty, Iowa, USA
|Homepage||Sigma Lambda Gamma Website|
Sigma Lambda Gamma (ΣΛΓ) (also known as Gammas or SLG) is a historically Latina-based national sorority with multicultural membership founded on April 9, 1990, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The sorority focuses on five principles - academics, community service, cultural awareness, social interaction, and morals and ethics - to unite their members as "hermanas por vida" (sisters for life).
Sigma Lambda Gamma is a pioneer in the Greek fraternal world through development of innovative programming initiatives, such as the Young Women’s Leadership Program and Emotional Intelligence, with a network of 8,000 members. The sorority believes that Culture is Pride, Pride is Success and explores the richness in the traditions of Latina culture. This encompasses the cultural heritages of Native Americans (North, Central and South), Europeans, Africans, Asians and their multiple and interesting mixtures. They celebrate the diversity of the backgrounds of all the members of the sorority, representing over 110 nationalities.
Today, Sigma Lambda Gamma is the largest, historically Latina-based multicultural national sorority, and one of the fastest growing fraternal organizations in chapters and alumnae associations throughout the United States, having expanded to more than 100 universities in less than 20 years. A criterion for membership into Sigma Lambda Gamma is that a woman must have exceptional morals and ethics with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and is pursuing or has completed courses leading to a degree in an accredited college or university.
In fall of 1989, a group of women met to form an organization that would provide empowerment to Latina women. Beginning at the University of Iowa, the vision was to create a network of academic and social support. Although the first meeting had 19 women, membership fluctuated during the planning process.
Under the guidance of Esther Materon Arum and Mary Peterson, the members continued to draft a sorority that would be inclusive and empowering to women. A retreat was held to establish the constitution and the purpose of the organization. They also participated in volunteer projects such as the National Association of Chicano Studies (NACS), as well as on-campus programs such as the Leadership Conference.
Eventually, only five women remained. These women are Gloria Cuevas, Julieta Maria Miller, Maria Ester Pineda, Danell Marie Riojas, and Guadalupe Temiquel. Despite this, the five women continued to polish up the constitution and structure for their sorority as well as their commitment to the community. On April 9, 1990, the University of Iowa Panhellenic Council officially recognized the organization as a sorority. The five women became known as the Five Founding Mothers and would continue to actively establish Sigma Lambda Gamma as the sorority it is today by demonstrating a commitment to being Hermanas Por Vida (Sisters For Life). The first inductees to the sorority in the spring 1991 term played a vital role in promoting the ideals of the organization on the University of Iowa campus, and helped in the first wave of expansion to the University of Michigan, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Since its expansion, Sigma Lambda Gamma's membership became more multicultural. In acknowledging this, the organization, which was a part of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations from January 2001 to May 2010, left due to a desire for autonomy and due to their increasing multicultural membership.
- Mission Statement
Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women. Through a network of close to 3,000 members from collegiate chapters and alumnae associations located across the United States, it promotes academic excellence and higher education through the sorority's principles: academics, community service, cultural awareness, morals and ethics, social interaction-in our daily lives.
- Vision Statement
Recognizing its responsibility to the progression of a positive global community, the sorority stresses the importance of morals, ethics, and education in the daily lives of its members, so that they serve the needs of their neighbors through a mutual respect and understanding of their various cultures.
- Sorority Ideals
Academics, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Morals & Ethics, Social Interaction
Sigma Lambda Gamma Education Foundation
The goals of the Educational Foundation are based on the Founding Principles of Sigma Lambda Gamma:
- Make higher education a reality for Hispanic/Latina and other ladies of diverse backgrounds.
- Community Service
- Support philanthropic initiatives.
- Cultural Awareness
- Support programming that educates members and the community about the many ethnic and cultural legacies represented in Sigma Lambda Gamma.
- Social Interaction
- Support programming that educates members and the community about positive interpersonal interactions.
- Morals & Ethics
- Support programming that develops ethical and responsible leaders who will support their communities in a positive way.
Young Women’s Leadership Program
The Young Women’s Leadership program is designed to build confidence and leadership skills for middle-school aged girls through an eight-week process that introduces them to the principles embodied by Sigma Lambda Gamma and a series of exercises and activities that helps them learn about themselves and each other along the way. The program is facilitated by members of local Sigma Lambda Gamma Alumnae Associations who serve as mentors and role models for the participants throughout the program and beyond.
The goal of this program is to get a head start with young girls to provide them the self-awareness and self-esteem to help them finish their high school education and consider pursuing a college degree upon graduation. As this program is a volunteer effort that takes place outside of the regular school day, the Sigma Lambda Gamma Education Foundation can assist programs across the country to provide materials, transportation, food and other program costs for facilitators and participants.
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. supports a variety of charitable organizations as a part of their community service commitment. As a national organization, their main philanthropies are Breast Cancer Awareness and the TRIO programs. Sorority entities conduct and participate in extraordinary programming events that are designed to bring about public awareness and education on these topics. Additionally, chapters also organize for national disaster, such as the 2013 Oklahoma tornado disaster.
Breast Cancer Awareness Sigma Lambda Gamma and its member groups actively support the important societal issue of Breast Cancer Awareness. Their support comes in various avenues: from fundraising campaigns; educational workshops to create awareness; active participation in run/walk events; volunteer participation with organizations; or a combination of these forms. The two primary programs the organization supports in respects to breast cancer awareness include, but are not limited to: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. One member shaved her head to raise money for cancer research, eventually topping $2650.
TRIO Programs Sigma Lambda Gamma supports the TRIO programs for its innovative and proactive stance on the continual education of individuals who otherwise would not have been afforded the education or financial assistance to further their education and livelihood. These programs have become stepping stones for many students within the organization and other affiliates who have benefited to identify and continue secondary education.
Panther Dash for Education The Foundation serves to support scholastic achievement, provide leadership training, and continue the commitment to lifelong learning and service to the global community, such as:
- Financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate members who demonstrate academic and leadership excellence
- Leadership and Member Development programs sponsored by Sigma Lambda Gamma Community
- Outreach projects, such as the Sigma Lambda Gamma Young Women’s Leadership Program
Sigma Lambda Gamma has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs. While financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
In Sigma Lambda Gamma’s continuing effort to become the premier women’s organization, the organization launched an educational program for their members based on emotional intelligence, committed to enhancing their members' personal and social competencies. The program encourages members to develop specific skills of emotional intelligence for personal and leadership development.
This program is focused on members addressing the needs of the sisterhood in the most timely and effective way. All women will complete the EI Profile: An Emotional Intelligence Self-Assessment. Based on the results of this self-assessment, members will have the chance through the academic year to learn more about the nineteen different skills of emotional intelligence.
- Lauren Cisneros, Delta Beta Chapter: Miss Colorado USA 2005
- Tamika Henry, Alpha Gamma Chapter: Miss Guyana Universe 2010
- Jilisa Milton, Tau Gamma Chapter: Miss Alabama U.S. International 2013
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