On October 22, 1989, a group of women gathered at the Chicano Native American Cultural Center to form an organization of Latina/Hispanic women at the University of Iowa. Their goal was to form a group that would provide social and academic support to Latinas/Hispanics and women of all cultures.
Due to the hard work and dedication of these women as well as the assistance of Esther Materón-Arum and Mary Peterson, on April 9, 1990, the women were recognized as a sorority by the IFC/Panhellenic council of the University of Iowa. This is the day Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority recognized as its founding date.
At the end of the fall 1990 semester, the five Founding Mothers - Gloria Cuevas, Julieta Miller, Maria Pineda, Danell Riojas, and Guadalupe Temiquel - spent countless hours with Founding Grandmother, Esther Materón-Arum, working on the first manuals that would allow the sorority to continue to grow. On April 9, 1991, the first group of Associate Members - Patricia Arroyo, Noemi Diaz, Angel Martinez, Seema Singh, and Gabriela Villafuerte - were initiated into the lifelong sisterhood that is Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated.
Today, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated has chapters from coast to coast, established alumnae associations and numerous colonies around the country, and continues to grow each day.
TOO ALLURING TAU ALPHA CHAPTER
The Tau Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated was born from the vision of a group of women to create a support group for women of various backgrounds at Northwestern University. The search for an organization that coincided with their collective vision began in the Spring of 1998 when several individuals contacted various Greek organizations to speak to a group of interests at Northwestern University. After much searching, the women unanimously decided on beginning a chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma.
On June 24, 1999, the National Board of Directors recognized the interest group at Northwestern University as an official colony of Sigma Lambda Gamma. On February 19, 2000, the National Board notified the Northwestern Colony of their promotion to the Tau Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma. With this promotion to chapter status, the women sought recognition from Northwestern University and after many weeks of hard work, eventually, became the first Latina-based sorority on its campus and the first multicultural Greek organization to gain recognition from the school.
On May 27, 2000, eight women crossed into the sisterhood of Sigma Lambda Gamma. At this moment, these eight women - Rosalinda Alvarado, Esther Contreras, Carmen Dominguez, Rosemary Kay Suarez-Guzmán, Joy Marie Matias, Erica Návar, Michelle Marie Noda, and Yesenia Salcedo - became the official founders of Sigma Lambda Gamma Tau Alpha Chapter.
On December 3, 2000, Tau Alpha's Founding Line initiated their First Line - Tania Condarco, Antonia Garcia, and Bobbie Rivelli - into the Sigma Lambda Gamma sisterhood which continues to grow. Currently, Sigma Lambda Gamma is the largest Latina-based sorority on Northwestern's campus and nationwide.