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 10,000 sorority members. Furthermore, we continue to be a pioneer in the Fraternal world through development of innovative programming initiatives.
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 Idaho; Florida to Minnesota; New York to Texas; and many more states between the coasts of California and Maryland. 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 or university.
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.