Latinx @ UVA

Latinx @ UVA

Sigma Lambda Upsilon

SLU is a student organization determined to uplift women and minority students in the rigorous academic setting our University has while also demonstrating sisterhood, unconditional support, service to the community, and cultural enrichment. Though Latina-based, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. is a non-discriminatory organization made up of women from all cultures, creed, disabilities, political beliefs, and sexual preferences.

In order to achieve its goals, SLU dedicates itself to bettering the community through its many literacy initiatives while also mentoring young women through the LADYS program. Furthermore, the Sorority yearly presents RAICES week and Señorita week during which they organize and facilitate a minimum of four events that focus on cultural enrichment, women's issues, community service, and scholarship. 

Mission:

Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. prides itself as an organization of diverse college-educated (collegiate) and professional women dedicated to uplifting traditionally marginalized groups, especially Latinos and women, by serving as a voice and means for empowerment. Since 1987, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. has been an outlet for professional development and personal growth to its members and serving constituents.


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Founding year:

Originally founded at Binghamton University on December 1, 1987.

Alpha Rho Chapter at the University of Virginia was founded in March 2013. 

Founders:

Jennifer Arcilla

Isabel Argoti

Jaqueline Restrepo

Vanessa Villalobos

Creation:

On December 1, 1987, at Binghamton University, founding Mothers Cynthia Santiago, Adriana Zamora, Carmen Ibeth Garcia-Quinones and Carol Elizabeth Torres created 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. Over a decade and more than 30 campuses later, the Hermanas of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc. continues the legacy of our Founders' vision by effectively bridging the gap between the Latino community and the campuses we represent. Today, almost two decades later, our goals and ideals continue to be exemplified by our Hermanas: Sisterhood, Leadership, Community Service, Cultural Awareness and Academic Excellence. At the University of Virginia, the four founding Hermanas wanted to create an organization that could uplift women and minority students in the rigorous academic setting our University has while also demonstrating service to the community, sisterhood, unconditional support, and cultural enrichment.

Efforts:

  • The Sorority's impact can be seen in the outstanding accomplishments of its Hermanas, the young women they have mentored through the LADYS program, and through the lives of all the people, the Sorority has touched via its many literacy initiatives. This includes RAICES week and Señorita week where we organize and facilitate a minimum of four events that focus on cultural enrichment, women's issues, community service, and scholarship.

Information collected through an interview with Angie Aramayo (C/O 2019)