Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada
ΣΙΑ
Hermandad SIA Crest 2020.jpg
FoundedSeptember 29, 1990; 31 years ago (September 29, 1990)
SUNY Albany, Stony Brook University, SUNY New Paltz, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
TypeSocial
AffiliationNALFO
ScopeNational
MottoSemper Unum et Inseparabilis (Always One and Inseparable)
Colors  Red
  Gold
  Royal Blue
  White as background color
  Black as background color
FlowerRed Rose
JewelWhite Pearl
MascotUnicorn and Pegasus
Chapters60 undergraduate chapters, 13 graduate chapters, and 16 colonies
NicknameSIA, Lovely Latin Ladies
Headquarters1732 1st Avenue
#20267

New York, New York 10128
United States
Websitehermandad-sia.org

Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada (ΣΙΑ), known as 'SIA,' is a Latina-oriented Greek letter intercollegiate and independent sorority, founded on September 29, 1990, by 13 women from SUNY Albany, Stony Brook University, SUNY New Paltz, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The sorority participates in local, national and international community service as well as educational, cultural and social events.

Symbols and traditions

Symbols of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. include Pegasus wings, a unicorn's head, the red rose, as well as four curved lines which represent the four founding schools of the sorority.

The logo of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada
The logo of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada

The unicorn and the red rose feature strongly in the original crest. For certain usages the sorority has adopted a more streamlined logo using both of these symbols along with specific instructions to use the letters either in Greek fashion or spelled out, and in specific colors. These usages are:

Mission & Goals

The mission of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. is to uphold the goals set forth by their thirteen founding mothers. Their members pledge to formalize, cultivate, and foster bonds amongst each other as sisters and abide by respect, trust, communication, professionalism, and accountability.

Goals of the sorority are:

To fulfill these goals, members undergo educational programming, community service, and personal development.[1]

R.O.S.E. Mentorship Program

The R.O.S.E. Mentorship Program is a national educational initiative meant to serve as a resource to young women aged 14–18. It encourages service, scholarship and personal development in order to create leaders within communities while providing the tools necessary to succeed.

The R.O.S.E. Mentorship Program aims to:

Growth

Throughout the last 30+ years, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. has grown as an organization composed of 60 undergraduate chapters, 13 regional alumnae chapters, and 16 colonies in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California, Kansas, Arkansas, and South Carolina. SIA was the first Latina sorority to be established in Massachusetts and Arkansas.

Chapters and colonies are composed of undergraduate, graduate, and professional women.

Chapters & Colonies

Undergraduate Chapters
Chapter School City, State Established Active
Alpha (Α) University at Albany, SUNY Albany, NY 1991 Yes
Beta (Β) Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1991 No
Gamma (Γ) State University of New York at New Paltz New Paltz, NY 1991 Yes
Delta (Δ) Western Illinois University Macomb, IL 1992 No
Epsilon (Ε) Adelphi University Garden City, NY 1992 No
Zeta (Ζ) Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1992 No
Eta (Η) Pennsylvania State University State College, PA 1992 No
Theta (Θ) State University of New York at Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY 1993 Yes
Iota (Ι) University of Illinois at Chicago; Northeastern Illinois University; Roosevelt University Chicago, IL 1993 No
Kappa (Κ) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1993 No
Lambda (Λ) State University of New York at Oswego Oswego, NY 1993 No
Mu (Μ) Temple University Philadelphia, NY 1993 No
Nu (Ν) Union College Schenectady, NY 1994 No
Xi (Ξ) LIU Post Brookville, NY 1996 No
Omicron (Ο) Boston University; Suffolk University; Boston College Boston, MA 1996 No
Pi (Π) Harvard University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 1996 No
Rho (Ρ) Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1996 No
Sigma (Σ) Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY 1996 No
Tau (Τ) Saint Peter's University; Montclair State University; Seton Hall University Jersey City, NJ; Montclair, NJ; South Orange, NJ 1996 No
Upsilon (Υ) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL; Champaign, IL 1997 Yes
Phi (Φ) New York University New York, NY 1997 Yes
Chi (Χ) University of Maryland, College Park College Park, MD 1997 Yes
Psi (Ψ) Lewis University Romeoville, IL 1997 No
Omega (Ω) Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL 1997 No
Alpha Alpha (ΑΑ) College of New Rochelle (College Closed) New Rochelle, NY 1998 No
Alpha Beta (ΑΒ) Columbia University New York, NY 1999 No
Alpha Gamma (ΑΓ) Binghamton University Binghamton, NY 1999 Yes
Alpha Delta (ΑΔ) Stockton University Galloway, NJ 2000 No
Alpha Epsilon (ΑΕ) James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA 2000 Yes
Alpha Zeta (ΑΖ) California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson, CA 2002 Yes
Alpha Eta (ΑΗ) Baylor University Waco, TX 2003 Yes
Alpha Theta (ΑΘ) St. John's University New York, NY 2004 No
Alpha Iota (ΑΙ) Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ 2004 No
Alpha Kappa (ΑΚ) Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 2004 No
Alpha Lambda (ΑΛ) University of New Haven West Haven, CT 2006 No
Alpha Mu (ΑΜ) University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Dartmouth, MA 2008 No
Alpha Nu (ΑΝ) Pace University New York, NY 2008 Yes
Alpha Xi (ΑΞ) Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 2008 Yes
Alpha Omicron (ΑΟ) Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA 2004 No
Alpha Pi (ΑΠ) University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX 2007 No
Alpha Rho (ΑΡ) Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ 2008 No
Alpha Sigma (ΑΣ) Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 2009 Yes
Alpha Tau (ΑΤ) Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA 2010 No
Alpha Upsilon (ΑΥ) Texas State University San Marcos, TX 2010 No
Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) Utica College Utica, NY 2010 Yes
Alpha Chi (ΑΧ) University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 2008 No
Alpha Psi (ΑΨ) University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 2011 No
Alpha Omega (ΑΩ) Reserved for Deceased Sisters - -
Beta Alpha (ΒΑ) Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus Savannah, GA 2010 No
Beta Beta (ΒΒ) University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 2011 Yes
Beta Gamma (ΒΓ) Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX 2012 No
Beta Delta (ΒΔ) College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA 2013 Yes
Beta Epsilon (ΒΕ) New York Institute of Technology (New York City Campus); Lehman College; City College of New York; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Mercy College New York, NY 2015 Yes
Beta Zeta (ΒΖ) Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 2014 Yes
Beta Eta (ΒΗ) Clemson University Clemson, SC 2014 Yes
Beta Theta (ΒΘ) Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY 2016 Yes
Beta Iota (ΒΙ) LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY 2017 No
Beta Kappa (ΒΚ) University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR 2017 No
Beta Lambda (ΒΛ) Texas A&M University College Station, TX 2018 Yes
Beta Mu (ΒΜ) Towson University Towson, MD 2020 Yes
Undergraduate Colonies
Colony School City, State Established
Colony 1 New York Institute of Technology (Long Island Campus) Old Westbury, NY 2003
Colony 2 University at Buffalo; Buffalo State College Buffalo, NY 2005
Colony 3 University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA 2005
Colony 4 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT 2007
Colony 5 Bentley University Waltham, MA 2010
Colony 6 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 2012
Colony 7 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT 2012
Colony 8 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 2013
Colony 9 Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, PA 2013
Colony 10 American International College Springfield, MA 2014
Colony 11 Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT 2014
Colony 12 California State University, Northridge Los Angeles, CA 2014
Colony 13 Augusta University Augusta, GA 2016
Colony 14 State University of New York at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY 2017
Colony 15 State University of New York College at Cortland Cortland, NY 2018
Colony 16 Arkansas State University Jonesboro, AR 2021
Colony 17 Albion College Albion, MI 2022
Colony 18 McDaniel College Westminster, MD 2022
Regional Alumnae Chapters
Chapter Region Established
Gamma Alpha (ΓΑ) Washington, D.C. Regional Alumnae Chapter 2003
Gamma Beta (ΓΒ) Chicago Regional Alumnae Chapter 2005
Gamma Gamma (ΓΓ) New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Regional Alumnae Chapter 2007
Gamma Delta (ΓΔ) North/Central Florida Regional Alumnae Chapter 2007
Gamma Epsilon (ΓΕ) Long Island/Queens Regional Alumnae Chapter 2007
Gamma Zeta (ΓΖ) New England Regional Alumnae Chapter 2008
Gamma Eta (ΓΗ) New York Capital/Upstate Regional Alumnae Chapter 2008
Gamma Theta (ΓΘ) Bronx/Westchester Regional Alumnae Chapter 2009
Gamma Iota (ΓΙ) Los Angeles Regional Alumnae Chapter 2009
Gamma Kappa (ΓΚ) Georgia/South Carolina Regional Alumnae Chapter 2013
Gamma Lambda (ΓΛ) South/Central Texas Regional Alumnae Chapter 2013
Gamma Mu (ΓΜ) Arkansas Regional Alumnae Chapter 2016
Gamma Nu (ΓΝ) South Florida Regional Alumnae Chapter 2019

Community service

SIA has supported several initiatives since its establishment, promoting service on three levels: international, national, and local.[3] Notable organizations include Children International & Women for Women International, Nationally Special Olympics, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the March of Dimes, and locally volunteering in soup kitchens and school initiatives.[4] Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. is also associated with One Heartland.[5] Additionally, every chapter is required to sponsor a child through Children International.[6]

Notable members

References

  1. ^ "Mission and Goals - Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc". sia.clubexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  2. ^ "ROSE Program - Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc". sia.clubexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  3. ^ "Quick Facts - Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc". sia.clubexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  4. ^ "Local Initiatives - Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc". sia.clubexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  5. ^ "National - Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc". sia.clubexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  6. ^ "Children International - Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc". sia.clubexpress.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
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