The journey to found Sigma Lambda Gamma began in the fall of 1989 at the University of Iowa when collegiate women recognized the need to form an organization that would provide empowerment to women of all cultural backgrounds. With the guidance of Ester Materon Arum and Mary Peterson, our founding mothers created a network of academic and social support for Latina women on campus. On April 9th, 1990, the University of Iowa Panhellenic Council officially recognized the organization as a sorority. Since its founding, Sigma Lambda Gamma has thrived as the largest and fastest growing historically Latina-based, multicultural sorority in the nation. The Prestigious Pi chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma was chartered at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas on February 24th, 1996 by ten collegiate women. Sigma Lambda Gamma served as one of the founding members of the Multicultural Greek Council at SMU.