Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization commited to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all woman.
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." - Chinese Proverb. We want to wish everybody a great semester, Welcome Back Fellow Coogs!
We would like to congratulate our fall 13 grads. We are thankful for all the work and effort you put in chapter. Good luck in all your endeavors and may the blessings keep coming for you!
Want to join a sisterhood of a lifetime, network, grow professionally? Then Rush! Great women go greek, but the best go gamma!
Five University of Iowa Hispanic students - Gloria Cuevas, Julieta Maria Miller, Maria Esther Pineda, Danell Marie Riojas and Guadalupe Cruz Temiquel - formed the sorority in 1990 under the guidance of Esther Materon Arum and Mary Peterson. They continue to demonstrate 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.
In fall of 1989, the foundation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. decided it was important to form an organization that provided empowerment to Latina women. Beginning at the University of Iowa, the vision was to create a network of academic and social support for these women. Under the guidance of Esther Materon Arum and Mary Peterson, the vision came to true on April 9, 1990, as the University of Iowa Panhellenic Council officially recognized the organization as a sorority. Sigma Lambda Gamma is a sisterhood of women who have chosen this affiliation to achieve their desired personal development and to act for the betterment of local, regional, national and global communities through the efforts of a network of more than 3,000 sisters. 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. Today, Sigma Lambda Gamma is the largest, historically Latina-based multicultural national sorority, and one of the fastest growing fraternal organization 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 the fall of 1997, two young ladies by the name of Monica Hall and Olga Flores brought the idea of bringing a new Latina-based sorority to the University of Houston Campus. With their two-year experience of being a part of a community-based fraternity, they already had some insight as to what Greek life was like. However, they desired to be a part of an organization, which not only completed community service, but also engaged in a variety of social activities. Although one other Latina-based sorority already existed on campus, these ladies did not feel that this organization fulfilled their interests or needs. Thus, they began to research several organizations on the national level. Eventually, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. caught Monica Halls attention. After some discussion, Monica and Olga concluded that Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority was quite appealing. This sorority was both community service and socially based. It also emphasized culture. Interestingly, this sorority also seemed to dominate Texas, as well as other states within the nation. Monica enthusiastically took the initiative to send for the Sigma Lambda Gamma information/interest group packet. She clearly remembers the fervent anxiety that she developed as she waited for the packet to arrive. Upon its arrival, a stronger interest group of Sigma Lambda Gamma as the University of Houston was established. Monica and Olga actively recruited motivated ladies for the SLG interest group. Kenia Pereira, one of the first significant characters towards the achievement of chapter status, became an LSI member at the first LSI meeting. After a short period of recruitment, Monica and Olga realized the need for an appropriate name for their new founded organization. Olga is credited for the organizations title; it was she who came up with Latina Sisters, Inc. (LSI). LSI seemed to attract the attention of others who realized the goals of this organization. These goals included the establishment of a female group (Latina-based) that wanted to achieve sisterhood. As united women, these ladies were ready to overcome any obstacles and support each other in their own endeavors. On February 5, 1998, Latina Sisters, Inc. became a registered organization on at UH-Central campus. Latina Sisters, Inc. became quite active in the following semester. LSI adopted the same principles, study hours and colors of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority. They even adopted their own mascot: Pochacco. In order to gain strength and recognition among other Hispanics groups on campus, they joined the Hispanic Student Association (HSA)-the umbrella group for many Hispanic organizations on campus. The ladies in the organization also participated in a variety of community service projects such as the Childrens Festival and Easter egg painting (for a local area elementary school). Alongside the organization, stood an extremely influential and helpful sister from the Alpha Chapter (University of Iowa): Patricia Sanchez. Her commitment to the Sigma Lambda Gamma principles and values assisted this interest group throughout the entire process. In the fall of 1998, four outstanding ladies were recruited: Celina Cantu, Yesenia Mena, Yesenia Moreno, Katrina Torres and Lucy Olvera. Towards the end of the 1998 semester, another exceptional few joined: Estella Estrada, Priscilla Moreno and Amanda Oliver. Marisela Aguilar joined shortly thereafter. During the winter months of 1998, the group experienced some difficulties, which hindered smooth advancement. But by the turn of the year, these new members became extremely dedicated to the achievement of chapter status and progress moved forth. One of the first duties of this organization in early 1999 was the completion of the officer elections. By this time, Olga Flores, Yesenia Mena & Kenia Pereira had already graduated from the university and Monica Hall had begun an internship for her degree plan. The new officers were: Estella Estrada, President; Priscilla Moreno, Vice-President; Yesenia Moreno, Treasurer; Katrina Torres, Secretary; and Marisela Aguilar, Historian. Through the assisted help of Monica Hall and Patricia Sanchez, the new board and the rest of the members proudly gained colony status in the Spring of 1999. LSI was now officially recognized as an associate member group of Sigma Lambda Gamma. As a new colony, the group had much to do. As the organization evolved, membership grew. Notably, many of these members became to be known as the Founders first line: Nancy Munoz, Rosanel Morales, Maria Silva, Ana Mata, Sabrina Marquez, Judith (Judy) Almaguer, Margarita Soto and Caroline Ortiz. As a stronger unit, the group moved forward to fulfill many of the obligations to the Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Needless to mention, 1999 was a long year for the colony. In the Spring of 2000, the Alpha line was discovered: Stephanie Torres, Karina Bravo, Olivia Uribe, Diana Neira & Anabelle Torres . These ladies helped fulfill some of the last necessary requirements of the group. The Colony of Sigma Lambda Gamma at the University of Houston was now ready to submit a petition for chapter status. The petition was approved unanimously by the Sigma Lambda Gamma National Board. The Associate Member group was granted Chapter status on February 19th, at 6:48PM. From this point forward, the colony became recognized as the Chi Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.