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Sigma Delta Alpha
FoundedMay 5, 1992; 31 years ago (1992-05-05)
San Jose State University,
San Jose, California
TypeLatino Interest
AffiliationNALFO (former)
Motto"Excelencia Y Lealtad Entre Hermanos"
   "Excellence and Loyalty Amongst Brothers"
Colors  Forest Green
Chapters12 undergraduate chapters and 3 alumni chapters in 2 states
HeadquartersSan Jose, CA
WebsiteOfficial website

Sigma Delta Alpha (ΣΔΑ) is a Greek-lettered Latino-based fraternity established in spring 1992 at San José State University.


The first interest group was formed in the Fall semester of 1991, at San Jose State University. Future Founding Father, Francisco Huerta, had the idea of creating a new organization on campus to serve the needs Latinos. Francisco Huerta took the forefront in organizing the initial meetings that set the groundwork for the establishment of Sigma Delta Alpha.

The first introductory meeting held in November 1991. The fraternity's ideological Purposes were set and after several meetings and numerous successful events it was decided that it was time for these individuals to present themselves to the community as an established organization. On May 5, 1992, Sigma Delta Alpha was officially recognized with 18 Founding Fathers.

This was one of only two Latino fraternities founded in the United States during the so-called fragmentation period from 1990 to 2000, and the third to ever be founded in California.[1]

It is also one of the few Latino fraternities that eschew stepping, an important distinction when considering the cultural history of the practice.[2]


Color key
  — Active chapter
  — Associate 
  — Inactive chapter 
Chapters of Sigma Delta Alpha
  Chapter University City State Charter date Notes
Founding San Jose State University San Jose California May 5, 1992
Alpha University of Southern California Los Angeles California April 22, 1995
Beta California State University, Fresno Fresno California May 14, 1998
Gamma University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas Nevada September 16, 2001
Delta California State University, Sacramento Sacramento California April 6, 2002
Epsilon University of California, Irvine Irvine California September 21, 2002
Zeta California State University, Fullerton Fullerton California March 18, 2006
Eta University of California, Riverside Riverside California August 20, 2010
Theta University of California, Merced Merced California May 5, 2012
Iota University of California, Davis Davis California August 8, 2014
Kappa University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara California April 30, 2016
Lambda California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona California June 2, 2017


Chapter awards

Cultural Ambassadors Certificate of Appreciation from City of Los Angeles, Alpha Chapter May 2006[4]

USC MGC Fraternity of the Year Award, Alpha chapter 2009-2010 & 2011-2012

UNLV Greek Week 1st Place Overall Award, Gamma chapter 2009 & 2012

CSUS USFC Greek Week 1st Place Overall Award, Delta chapter 2009, 2010 & 2011

ΧΔ "Grand Slam" Philanthropy 1st Place Participation Award, CSUS Delta chapter 2011

ΔΓ "Anchor Splash" Philanthropy 1st Place Participation Award, UCR Eta chapter 2011

UNLV Rebel Awards Outstanding New Program (Go Nutz for ΣΔΑ), Gamma chapter 2011

CSUF Greek Week 1st Place Overall Award, CSUF Zeta Chapter 2018

CSUF MGC-Overall Best GPA Award, CSUF Zeta Chapter 2020

CSUF Greek of the Year Award, Kenny Garcia, Alpha Beta Class, Zeta chapter 2022

Notable alumni

Oscar de los Santos, Rhodes Scholar

See also


  1. ^ Torbenson, Craig L.; Parks, Gregory S., eds. (2009). Brothers and sisters : diversity in college fraternities and sororities. Madison [N.J.]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. pp. 113–114. ISBN 978-0838641941.
  2. ^ Kimbrough, Walter M. (2003). Black Greek 101 : the culture, customs, and challenges of Black fraternities and sororities. Madison Teaneck [N.J.]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 0838639771.
  3. ^ "Chapters of Sigma Delta Alpha". Sigma Delta Alpha. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  4. ^ Nunez, Efren. "Photo of Certificate". Retrieved 2012-08-16.[permanent dead link]