SIGMA LAMBDA GAMMA NATIONAL SORORITY, INC.
During the fall of 1989, the foundation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. began when a group of collegiate women recognized the need to form an organization that provided empowerment to women of all cultural backgrounds at the University of Iowa. The humble beginning of Sigma Lambda Gamma was built at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Under the guidance of University of Iowa staff, Esther Materón-Arum, and Mary Peterson, the vision came to fruition on April 9th, 1990, when the University of Iowa Panhellenic Council officially recognized the organization as a sorority.
Through the continued commitment and leadership of the founding mothers, Julieta Maria Miller-Calderon, Maria Ester Pineda, Danell Marie Riojas-Carbajal, and Guadalupe (Lupita) Temiquel–McMillian, the operation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. began to thrive nationally.
Sigma Lambda Gamma flourished on over 130 college campuses nationwide and continues to provide an avenue for educational excellence to individuals of diverse backgrounds. Our members recognize the need for togetherness and support one another in their varying cultures, identities, and backgrounds. On campus, we aim to provide a safe place for our collegiate members to learn, grow, and accomplish their dreams. Our organization continues to support our alumni after college through Alumni Associations, task forces, and volunteer opportunities.
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. is a sisterhood of empowered members who have chosen this affiliation as a means to achieve personal development in their lives and make a difference in our global community. Through our network of thousands of sorority members, our organization continues to be a pioneer in the fraternal world through the development of innovative programming initiatives and being an advocate for social change.
The purpose of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority shall be primarily one of promoting standards of excellence in morality, ethics, and education. Further, the Sorority shall work to better serve the needs and wants of all the people by disseminating 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 thus bettering our community, our country, and the world.
Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier organization committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women.
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we commit ourselves to invest in our education. Sisters nationwide take the time and dedication to grow by using education as an opportunity for change.
Many SLG sisters attend graduate and professional schools after undergrad.
Founding Date: April 9, 1990
Founding Place: Iowa City, Iowa
Colors: Shocking Pink & Majestic Purple
Flower: Pink Rose
Mascot: Purple Panther
Motto: "Culture is Pride, Pride is Success"
Newsletter: La Mensajera
Philanthropies: Breast Cancer Awareness and the TRiO Programs