Sigma Lambda Gamma (SLG) is the largest, fastest-growing multicultural sorority in the United States. We have expanded to over 100 universities in just the past 29 years. SLG has over 8,000 sisters worldwide, representing over 110 nationalities.
Our organization began on October 22, 1989, when a group of women gathered at the University of Iowa to form a group that would provide social and academic support to Latinas and women of all cultures.
After a lot of hard work and dedication, the Panhellenic Council at the University of Iowa recognized Sigma Lambda Gamma as a sorority on April 9, 1990. This is the day Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority recognizes as our founding date.
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. Our members have recognized the need for togetherness and support among women of all cultures at their universities and are dedicated to the overall success of women around the world.
On September 21, 2009, a group of four women gathered together to decide what organization they could bring to the University of Denver campus to empower all women.
After years of dedication, determination, and hard work, this unique colony became the ODacious Omicron Delta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma on February 26th, 2011 at the University of Denver.
Since then, our sisters have worn our letters with pride while excelling academically, participating in community service, and being leaders in various on-campus organizations.
Sisters have gone on to become amazing, independent women, traveling across the world, advocating in our communities, becoming politicians, and creating a legacy.
Sigma Lambda Gamma sisters have five principles that we stand for: Academics, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Social Interaction, and Morals & Ethics. Sigma Lambda Gamma strives to be the premier mechanism committed to providing a mechanism of empowerment to all women. Here at the University of Denver, we strive to empower our community and sisterhood through these principles.
One of Sigma Lambda Gamma's Five Principles is Academics. We believe that a solid education would provide opportunities for personal, professional and educational growth that we might not have otherwise. We have an obligation to ourselves, our families and our sorority sisters to achieve academic success. While we may need to ask for help from time to time, it is our responsibility to maintain the academic standards that are set by our respective universities and the sorority.
The Omicron Delta Chapter holds each other accountable for their academic goals and recognizes sisters' academic accomplishments. While our national GPA requirements are 2.6, our chapter has a GPA requirement of 2.75. The chapter also holds a study night once a quarter for the DU community to come together and study.
Community Service is an important component of the Sigma Lambda Gamma experience. As a sorority, we enjoy helping those in need within our community, just as others have helped us achieve our goals. Participating in community service not only provides a tremendous benefit to those around us, it allows us to say "thank you" to those who offered a helping hand when we needed it.
The Omicron Delta Chapter spends once a week at Lincoln High School for their mentorship program "Road to Distinction". Once a year, the chapter participates in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and raises money for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Sigma Lambda Gamma's official motto is "Culture is Pride, Pride is Success." To us, this means having pride in the history, traditions, and struggles of our heritage. It means having an open mind to learning and exploring different cultures that we were not aware of before and sharing our own culture with others, so it may be better understood. Every sister is encouraged to explore her individual history and share her findings with sisters in order to foster Cultural Awareness within the sorority.
Every year, the Omicron Delta Chapter hosts its annual Culture is Pride event, which showcases the community's diversity through artistic performances as well as food from various cultures.
One of the benefits of joining Sigma Lambda Gamma is the opportunity to interact with individuals of all personality types. By joining a sisterhood of so many different types of women, we learn more about the world around us while gaining a deeper understanding of ourselves. As we are different in so many ways, it is important to recognize and respect each other as individuals. Another benefit is that we promote self-advocacy for all of our sisters.
The Omicron Delta Chapter holds a strong sisterhood and holds each member as a woman of distinction. The chapter also strives to make connections with sisters from other chapters, other Greek members, the community, and beyond.
Morals and Ethics
Once we are initiated into the respected sisterhood of Sigma Lambda Gamma, we strive to evaluate our value standards and take the time to reflect on what our behavior implies of us and the sorority. Our behavior not only reflects our individual value systems, it influences others’ perception of the sorority. Providing a positive image of Sigma Lambda Gamma and its sisterhood is one more way that we can serve the organization now and in years to come.