Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. highly prides itself as an organization of diverse collegiate and professional women dedicated to uplifting traditionally marginalized groups, specifically Latinos and women, by serving as a voice and means for empowerment. Since 1987, the Hermandad has been an outlet for professional development and personal growth to its members and serving constituents. The Sorority’s impact can be seen in the outstanding accomplishments of Hermanas, the young women they have mentored through the LADYS and PEARLS Programs, and through the lives of people the Hermandad has touched via their many literacy initiatives. They prove to their respective colleges and communities that women of color can make a difference.
The Hermandad demonstrates its passion through the Sorority’s goals of academic excellence, leadership, sisterhood, cultural enrichment, and service to the community and campus. It is evident that the Sorority’s undergraduate and graduate/professional chapters challenge the status quo through programming initiatives that are both exemplary and unique. Sigma Lambda Upsilon’s impenetrable bond and relentless commitment to one another transcends time, which is why the Sorority considers their sisterhood lasting Hasta La Muerte!
Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. was founded on December 1, 1987 at Binghamton University by four trailblazing Latina women. Our Founding Mothers Cynthia Santiago, Adriana Zamora, Carmen Ibeth Garcia-Quiñones, and Carol Elizabeth Torres sought to create an organization that would not only serve as a voice for women in an academic setting, but would also provide sincere sisterhood and unconditional support while actively promoting academic achievement, service to the community, and cultural enrichment.
Almost 30 years later, the organization encompasses chapters at over 50 top colleges and universities, as well as a national graduate membership that encompasses major cities in the U.S. The chapters have been recognized on their campus and have won numerous awards such as MGC Chapter of the Year, Highest Academic GPA Achievement, Outstanding Program of the Year and many others. In addition to the success of our undergraduate Hermanas, our alumnae Hermanas are top professionals in every field. Through mutual courage, support, respect and love, our impenetrable bond of sisterhood unites Hermanas of many diverse backgrounds to work towards our common Goals and Ideals.
Though Latina based, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. is not Latina-exclusive, and takes pride in serving as a non-discriminatory organization made up of women from all cultures, creeds, disabilities, political beliefs, and sexual preferences.
Sisterhood is the foundation of our Hermandad, holding us together through our ideals of Sincerity, Loyalty, and Unity. Our relationships inspire us to work collectively in improving our communities, and empower us to become leaders both at the collegiate level and in our professional careers.
Academic excellence is crucial for one's personal and career development. As a result, our organization fully encourages academic excellence, monitoring and supporting the academic progress of our undergraduate Hermanas. Our focus on academic excellence has lead to a significant improvement in our Hermanas' GPAs as well as increased the graduation rates within our active chapters.
Leadership has been described as the "process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task." Through empowerment and support, our organization strives to create leaders in our communities.
We believe that every individual has the capacity to influence others. As a result, we devote ourselves to serving our campuses and communities by giving, serving and volunteering. Our service is not only impactful, but also contributes to feelings of personal fulfillment and joy within our Hermandad.
Our culture defines our past, embodies our present, and influences our future. We support and encourage each Hermanas to discover, preserve and endorse the wealth of all ethnic backgrounds in order to preserve the richness of our traditions and expand our knowledge of other cultures. This is evident through our on campus programs, national events, and daily interactions within our organization and beyond.
Our Ideals are Sincerity, Loyalty and Unity.
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One of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.’s aims is to foster a sense of community among all members of Latino/a fraternities and sororities. We are proud to be a founding member of both El Concilio Nacional de Hermandades Latinas (CNHL), established in 1996 with organizations primarily on the East Coast of the United States, and the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), established in 1998 with organizations primarily on the West Coast. The two organizations joined together under NALFO in 2001. NALFO’s purpose is to promote the advancement of Latino/a Greek-lettered organizations by promoting and fostering positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino/a fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism, and education.
To learn more about NALFO, please visit their website http://www.nalfo.org/