On December 1, 1987 at Binghamton University, Founding Mothers Cynthia Santiago-Guzman, Adriana Zamora-Tirado, 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. continue the legacy of our Founders’ vision by effectively bridging the gap between the Latino community and the campuses we represent. Today, almost 18 years later, our goals and ideals continue to be exemplified in all our Hermanas: Sisterhood, Leadership, Community Service, Cultural Awareness and Academic Excellence. This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ...
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Through mutual courage, support, respect and love, our impenetrable bond of sisterhood unites Hermanas of African, African-American, Argentinean, Belizian, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Chicana, Chilean, Chinese, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, English, Filipina, French, German, Guatemalan, Haitian, Hmong, Honduran, Italian, Irish, Jamaican, Jewish, Korean, Mexican, Native American, Nevisian, Nicaraguan, Nigerian, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Polish, Puerto Rican, Romanian, Salvadorian, Spanish and Uruguayan backgrounds to work towards common Goals and Ideals. Our relentless commitment to Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. and to each other is why we consider our sisterhood ~ Our Hermandad ~ lasting Hasta La Muerte!
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.
The Sorority Goals are: Sisterhood, Academic Excellence, Leadership, Service to Community and Campus & Cultural Enrichment. The Sorority Ideals are: Sincerity, Loyalty & Unity The Sorority Colors are: Gold, Black, Silver & Red The Sorority Mascot is: The Black Persian Cat with gold eyes. The Sorority Jewel is: The Black Pearl The Sorority Motto is: Hasta La Muerte The Sorority Flower is: The Red Pansy with Gold and Black