During the fall of 1989, the foundation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. began with a group of collegiate women who recognized the need to form an organization that provided empowerment to women of all cultural backgrounds. Sigma Lambda Gamma's 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 3,000 sorority members.
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 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.
Xi Beta History
The Xi Beta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. was recognized as a colony on December 15, 2001 through the efforts of an interest group called Collegiate Ladies Advancing Within Society (C.L.A.W.S.). Through the hard work of our Fearless Fifteen Founders, Xi Beta was officially recognized as a chapter on August 30, 2002. These fifteen women are Brenda Palomino, Francia Padilla, Vanessa Villafana, Cecilia Ross, Amy Flores, Charisma Shillow, Brooke Estevez, Elisa Gavia, Yolanda McCormick, Krupa Patel, Aundrea Gamble, Mary Smith, Brandi Bass, Adriana Chavez and Yuriana Covarrubias.
Since chapter status the Xi Beta chapter has grown immensely. We have crossed 16 lines and 98 sisters during our 11 years at the University of Oklahoma. The Xquisite Ladies of the Xi Beta chapter strive to uphold all of our principles; Academics, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Social Interaction, and Morals and Ethics. We believe in Academics because a solid education will provide opportunities for personal, professional and educational growth that we might not have otherwise. We participate in Community Service because have an obligation to our community to provide help to those who need it, just as others helped us to get the places we are today. Even though the majority of the membership in this organization is of Latin descent, it is important to remember to be open to all cultures so we expand our horizons through Cultural Awareness. Social Interaction is a great networking too and not to mention fun! One of the benefits of joining is the opportunity to interact with individuals of all personality types. Holding a high value of Morals and Ethics will show our behavior not only reflects our individual value systems, it influences the others' perceptions of the Sorority.
At the University of Oklahoma we are members of the Multicultural Greek Council along with Beta Chi Theta, Omega Delta Phi, Tao Kappa Omega, Delta Epsilon Psi, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Kappa Delta Chi, Phi Delta Alpha and Delta Phi Omega. We enjoy working alongside the NPHC, NPC, and IFC on our beautiful campus.