Through excellence in the organization’s five founding principles, SLG provides opportunities for lifelong empowerment to its members, thereby positively influencing the global community.
The purpose of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority shall be primarily one of promoting standards of excellence in morality, ethics, education. Further, the Sorority shall work to better serve the needs and wants of all people by dissemination information about the diverse culture, which we all share. Finally, the Sorority shall maintain respect for the views of others, through this valuing, thereby, enhancing our understanding of one another, and this bettering our community, our country, and the world.
Empowered Women Leading the World
Founded: April 9, 1990
Founding Place: University of Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa
Motto: "Culture is Pride, Pride is Success"
Principles: Academics, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Social Interaction, Morals and Ethics
Colors: Shocking Pink and Majestic Purple
Flower: Pink Rose
Mascot: Purple Panther
Shield: 5 Stars, 6 Books (5 closed, 1 open), Shaking Hands, Woman with Balance, Pyramid
Founding Mothers from left to right:
Gloria Cuevas, Guadalupe Cruz Temiquel-McMillian, Julieta Maria Miller, Danell Marie Riojas, Maria Ester Pineda.
Our Roots - "Nuestras Raices"
During the fall of 1989, the foundation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. was commenced by collegiate women who recognized the need to form an organization that provided empowerment to women of all cultural backgrounds. Her humble beginnings were built at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa where their vision was to create a network of academic and social support for Latina women. Under the guidance of Esther Materon Arum and Mary Peterson, the vision came to fruition on April 9th, 1990, as the University of Iowa Panhellenic Council officially recognized the organization as a sorority.
Through the continued commitment and leadership of the founding mothers, the operation of Sigma Lambda Gamma has thrived on many college campuses and provides an avenue for educational excellence to women of many nationalities. Our members recognize the need for togetherness and support among women of varying cultures at the university level and they remain dedicated to the overall success of women in a global environment.
Sigma Lambda Gamma is a sisterhood of women who have chosen this affiliation as a manner to achieve personal development and awareness to the responsibility of community involvement for the betterment of our local, regional, national and global communities through the efforts of a network of close to 3,000 sorority members. Furthermore, we continue to be 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 national sorority with a multicultural membership in chapters and alumnae associations throughout the United States – from Arizona to Wyoming; Florida to Minnesota; New York to Texas; and many more states between the coasts of California and Rhode Island. A criterion for membership into Sigma Lambda Gamma is open to women of exceptional morals & ethics with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and who are pursuing or have completed courses leading to a degree in an accredited college of university.
The Rho Epsilon Chapter Sigma Lambda Gamma actively supports the important issue of Breast Cancer Awareness. Our chapter support comes in many approaches: from fundraising campaigns, workshops to implement awareness, participation in run/walk events. The main foundation that our colony supports is The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation of Susan G. Komen is dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.
The Rho Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma supports the TRIO programs and what they stand for. These programs are based on supporting the education of individuals who are unable to afforded it and financial assistance to further their education. These programs have become stepping-stones for many students within our community who have benefited and continued on to a secondary education. Our country has made a commitment to providing educational opportunities 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. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs. Financial aid programs help students overcome financial roadblocks to higher education. But TRIO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.