Sigma Lambda Beta
|Sigma Lambda Beta
International Fraternity, Inc.
|Founded||April 4, 1986
University of Iowa,
Iowa City, Iowa
|Emphasis||Culture understanding and Wisdom|
|Motto||Opportunity for Wisdom,
Wisdom for Culture.
|Philanthropy||Big Brothers/Big Sisters,
Latino Vote USA,
The Bro. Victor Correa CPR Awareness Day,
Hero Street U.S.A.
|Chapters||123 Undergraduate Chapters, 9 Colonies, 17 Alumni Associations|
|Headquarters||900 West Penn Street
North Liberty, Iowa, USA
Sigma Lambda Beta (ΣΛΒ) is an international fraternity established on brotherhood, scholarship, cultural awareness and community service. Founded on April 4th, 1986 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, the organization is committed to create and expand multicultural leadership, promote academic excellence, advance cultural awareness and service while influencing its mission amongst all dedicated collegiate men worldwide. With over 140 entities consisting of colonies, chapters, and alumni associations across the country, Sigma Lambda Beta is the largest historically Latino Fraternal Greek Lettered intercollegiate fraternity in the United States of America.1
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In the early spring semester of 1986 at the University of Iowa, Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, wanted to further expand the possibility of a Latino-based organization with multicultural membership that would promote a positive image of the Latino Community at the University of Iowa and other universities located throughout the nation by scholastic achievements, eternal Brotherhood, the dissemination of our unique and rich culture, and service to our community. The purpose of creating such an organization came from the social and cultural dynamics present at the time. The student body at the University of Iowa was predominantly Caucasian. Therefore, minorities on campus were underrepresented and lacked interaction. On Monday, March 7, 1986 Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal called a special meeting with some of the Latino students at the Chicano-Indian American Cultural Center in the University of Iowa.2 The men at this meeting, soon to be known Founding Fathers, began to explore the idea of establishing a Latino-based fraternity in order to unify all under represented minorities and to promote cultural understanding along with academic excellence.
On Friday, April 4, 1986, the members finalized the philosophy of the organization and the eighteen men who came to study in the US from Latin America, Africa & Asia became the Founding Fathers of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated. They were inducted as brothers at the university's Danforth Chapel with the following principles in mind: brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness.3
Consequently, the newly established Fraternity continued to spread its mission throughout the nation. According to Founding Father Ricardo Zamudio in Brothers and Sisters, Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororites by Craig LaRon Tobernson and Gregory S. Parks:
- "There was a lot of travelling involved in going to other campuses to talk with men who were potentially interested, and having them come to our campus to learn more about our organization. From there it slowly became easier to expand to other campuses, as our network of members available to talk to groups at different campuses continued to expand."
The success of SLB's expansion earned its recognition as the "fastest growing fraternity" to the East Coast and the West Coast.5 Ever since its establishment Sigma Lambda Beta has come a long way from being a secret society to student-directed entities to large business-savvy corporations. The following is a list of historical milestones significant in the growth of the fraternity:
- In 1992, SLB became the first Latino-based fraternity to be established at a historically black university, Prairie View A&M University.
- In 1992, SLB spans "coast to coast" with the establishment of SUNY-Stony Brook (Pi chapter) and California State University-Dominguez Hills (Tau Chapter).
- In 1992, SLB joined the North-American Interfraternity Conference, a national umbrella association of collegiate men's fraternities.
- In 1996, SLB became a founding member of the Concilio Nacional de Hermandades Latinas, the first national umbrella council for Latino Greek Lettered Organizations (1996–2000).
- In 2000, SLB became a founding member of the Latino Fraternal Council, a national umbrella council composed by five of the largest Latino fraternities in the country (2000-2001).
- In 2004, SLB joined the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. (2004–2010).
- In 2010, SLB was established at Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, making it the first entity of SLB at a private historically black university.
- Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal
- Thomas Carrasquillo
- Manuel Chavarria
- Luis Jimenez
- Luis Marquez
- Mario Buendia
- Enrique Carbajal
- Rudolfo Garza
- Jose Fong
- Eric Montes
- Olakunle Oyeyemi
- Kuy Ou
- Jaime Ramirez
- Olivero Rivera
- Eugenio Soria
- Juan Valdez
- Ricardo Zamudio
The mission of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated is: To nurture and further a dynamic, values-based environment which utilizes our historically Latino based fraternity as a catalyst to better serve the needs and wants of all people.6
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Since its inception in 1986, Sigma Lambda Beta has established the ideals of fairness, opportunity, and equality of all men without regard to their race, culture, or ethnic background. Their biggest goal is to see that all of society can realize the importance of these three ideals through the following principles:
- Brotherhood – As Brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta we pride ourselves in creating a family-oriented atmosphere at our respective campuses. It is this support network that we have been able to create what makes our organization so powerful.
- Scholarship – Academic success and higher education is our main goal as collegiate men. It is through our brotherhood that we can enhance academic retention and ensure a high percentage of graduating members as well as members perusing post-baccalaureate degrees.
- Cultural Awareness – A great deal of emphasis is placed on spreading cultural awareness in each of our campuses. We believe that only through heightened awareness of the rich cultures we all share we will increase our understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of one another.
- Community Service – As able men, we believe it is our responsibility to give back to our communities through service and philanthropic endeavors. Some of our most popular service events include: Bro. Victor Correa CPR Awareness, Vote Latino, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, etc.
Sigma Lambda Beta is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), a confederation of 72 men's college fraternities with over 5,300 chapters on more than 800 campuses throughout Canada and the United States. The NIC represents over 350,000 collegiate members and four and one half million alumni. Its volunteer leaders and professional staff serve fraternity leaders in university, government, and media relations. The promotion of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship among fraternity members is the NIC's purpose.
As every Inter-Collegiate fraternity's commitment to actively participating in service, Sigma Lambda Beta has made an impact in communities all over the United States through its own service projects. The fraternity concentrates its ability to help underprivileged communities through its local chapter philanthropies. Service at the local level varies accordingly and may consist a wide range from tutoring, mentoring programs, educational/motivational speaking, voter registration drives to fund raising for a cause. On a national level, SLB acknowledges two philanthropies that all chapters participate in.
Health Education & The Community
- The Victor Correa CPR Awareness Day was created in honor of Brother Victor "Ziggy" Correa Ortiz. Correa was born and raised in Puerto Rico and came to the United States to earn his degree in engineering at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. As a freshman and newly inducted brother, Correra went back to Puerto Rico to visit his parents. Unfortunately, during that winter Correa drowned while wading off the shores of Puerto Rico. Bystanders were not informed on how to administer CPR at the time to save his life. Today, brothers of SLB are encouraged to become CPR certified and also provide an opportunity for members of their communities to be certified through the Victor Correa CPR Awareness Day (November).
Latinos, Politics & Policy
- Brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta train and serve through the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute in the seven-week Collegiate Leadership Development Program. The program is an interactive, bilateral, policy-oriented training program for Latino student leaders, university staff, faculty, and administrators. The program is designed to focus on how to formulate, exercise, and influence policy. Given the setting, this policy analysis program focuses on university policies pertaining to the outreach, recruitment and retention of Latino students; the recruitment and retention of Latino staff, faculty and administrators; beginning or expanding a Latino studies curriculum; financial aid; involvement in student government; support for Latino student organizations; and financial literacy.
Sigma Lambda Beta organizes various social, business, professional and personal development events for its members annually. Most of them are held in different states from year to year.
- Convention (BETACON): A business convention where delegates from every chapter vote on bylaws of the fraternity and discuss various business topics of interest for the development of the organization. Convention takes place every other summer.
- The Leadership Institute: A personal development event where brothers take part in various workshops, bonding exercises, and networking events with other chapters around the nation. This retreat takes place every other summer, in years between Convention at a host university.
- Founders: An annual social event that is hosted to celebrate the founding and existence of the fraternity. Brothers are also recognized across the nation for their contributions to the fraternity. The weekend of events take place during the beginning of April, near the founding date of the organization, as chapters nationwide alternate its location.
- Festival Del Sol: An annual social held in Tampa, Florida on Labor Day weekend. (September)
- Homecoming: An annual social held in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona (November) .
- Spanish Fly: An annual social held in Tallahassee, Florida during MLK weekend. (January)
"Fueling the Light" since 2001, the Sigma Lambda Beta Educational Foundation is a charitable and educational 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, separate and independent from Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. The Education Foundation is supported by tax-deductible charitable gifts from loyal members and friends of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. It receives, manages and distributes endowment gifts, deferred gifts, annual gifts, and special gifts for the purpose of funding educational and leadership development programs for Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, as well as direct financial assistance for undergraduate and graduate student members. The Education Foundation is governed by a board of trustees composed primarily of alumni of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity.
The Opportunity for Wisdom Fund is the first endowed fund established by the Sigma Lambda Beta Educational Foundation. The interest earned from the principal of this fund provided scholarships to the brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta.
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