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 fo
r 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 in
to 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.
In September 2002, a fine group of women decided to enhance diversity and unity on the Ohio University campus by establishing Mujeres Unidas por Cultura, MUPC, Women United by Culture. This group was determined to establish a chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. at Ohio University because they believed in its principle, motto, and purpose.
The first meeting of MUPC was held on September 18, 2002 at 8:00pm at John Calhoun Baker University Center. Through the following months this group of young women sought to service the Athens community through cultural programming and community service.
Much work was put into preparing the petition for colony
status. On February 22, 2003 at 10:18am the continuing 13 members of Murjeres Unida por Cultura were officially granted colony status.
On May 9, 2003, the remaining 11 women of the Ohio University Colony were inducted into Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority. They were inducted in Columbus, Ohio by Veronica Orozco (Extremely Bold Epsilon Beta Chapter at the University of Ca
lifornia, Irvine) and Jessica Evans (Truly Alluring Theta Alpha Chapter at Michigan State University).
Through the following months these women worked endlessly to fulfill Sigma Lambda Gamma’s principles.
At the beginning of winter
quarter, 2004, there were five women remaining. These women were: Jisabelle Garcia, Heather Haynes, Rochelle Sewer, Cynthia Torres, and Elizabeth Warren; the Ohio University founding line. They crossed on January 11, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio.
On January 18, 2004 the first group of associates was formed. Veronica Orozco as well as the five founding sisters were present.
By May 2004, there were three women left. They were: Leigha Garcia, Selina Rivera, and Brandy Rodabaugh, the Ohio University Alpha Line. They crossed on May 7, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio.
By fall of the following year, the colony was flourishing
and many women had expressed interest in the Sorority. On October 3, 2004, nine women were inducted into Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority.
During this time, the existing members of the Ohio University Colony continued their effort toward gaining chapter status and continuous work was put into the chapter petition. After years of work, on October 24, 2004 at 5:39pm the Ohio Univ
ersity Colony was officially granted chapter status. This chapter was to be called the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc.
On October 30, 2004 the Zeta Gamma Founding Line was initiated into the sorority at 9:17:55pm. Shortly after, at 10:44:21pm, the Zeta Gamma Alpha Line was initiated.
- L.D.L. ~ Founding Line ~ January 11, 2004
o Heather "Pasión" Haynes #2
o Cynthia "Alanza" Torres #3
o Rochelle "Solana" Sewer #4
o Elizabeth "Risitas" Warren #5
o Jisabelle "Illuminante" Garcia #6
- L.P.S. ~ Alpha Line ~ May 7, 2004
o Brandy "Resuelta" Rodabaugh #7
o Leigha "Solidez" Garcia #8
o Selina "Imani" Rivera #9
- DI.VA ~ Beta Line ~ February 10, 2005
o Lizette "Itpzaelel" Rivera #10
- L.D.B. ~ Gamma Line ~ April 1, 2006
o Nicole "Kalare" Shaffer #
o Ana "Subira" Rivera #12
o Maria "Etana" Whitely #13
- L.U.V. ~ Delta Line ~ March 31, 2007
o Cristina "Amara" Mutchler # 14
- L.D.A. ~ Epsilon Line ~ March 8, 2008
o Christina "Ayana" Cassan # 15
o Lydia "Oriana" Giutierrez # 16
o Jasmine "Nyimak" Zellner-Fing # 17
o Georgia "La Adelita" Alexander # 18
o Laney "Pilar" Preston # 19
o Jennifer "Elina" Sanchez # 20
- L.M.P. ~ Zeta Line ~ March 22, 2009
o Candace "Ameya" Saucedo # 21
o Nicole "Emera" Sortino # 22
o Gloria "Carimah" Lomeli # 23
ZETA GAMMA MEMBERS: