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Sigma Pi Alpha
ΣΠΑ
Sigma Pi Alpha logo.png
Founded1996; 26 years ago (1996)
University of California, Berkeley
TypeAcademics & Social
ScopeNational/Local
MottoMujeres Con Cultura, Fuerza y Hermandad
PillarsCommunity Service, Campus Involvement(Culture and Academics), Sisterhood
Colors  Midnight Green   Pearl   Onyx   Shimmering Gold
FlowerCalla Lily
MascotGolden Bear
Chapters13 Undergraduate Chapters, 2 Alumni Associations, 1 Eternal Chapter
Websitewww.sigmapialpha.org

Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc. (ΣΠΑ) is a Chicana/Latina-based, Greek letter, intercollegiate sorority founded in 1996 at the University of California, Berkeley.

The sorority is not part of the Greek Panhellenic System. They are a non-profit grassroots organization and do not affiliate with any National Fraternity and Sorority Councils. They are an established sisterhood governed by their own direct National Council.

The Greek letters were specifically selected by their 9 founding mothers to symbolize their Chicana/Latina heritage by spelling ELLA, meaning she/her in the Spanish language. Although Sigma Pi Alpha is a Chicana Latina organization by tradition, membership is open to all college females.

A sister of Sigma Pi Alpha is also known as an ELLA or a Sigma.

There is also the local sorority Sigma Pi Alpha that was founded in 1991 at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. This sorority is not Chicana/Latina based and has no association with the other.

Purpose

The letters worn by sisters represent their sisterhood, their commitment to each other, and their goals. Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a sisterhood of academic and personal support, trust, and understanding. Their top priority is to promote higher education in not just Latina women but in their communities as a whole.

Goals

1. To enhance Chicana/Latina heritage within the sorority.

2. To be involved within campus and our communities.

3. To promote higher education in future generations.

4. To address academics, sisterhood, and personal and individual needs.

5. To create a sisterhood in which we can communicate and express ourselves with trust and security.

6. To form a sisterhood where we can receive support and a commitment that will last a lifetime.

7. To follow a code of conduct representative to us as a sorority and as Chicana/Latina women.

Chapters

Undergraduate Chapters

Undergraduate chapters are present at the following schools[1]

Chapter School Established
Alpha University of California, Berkeley 1996
Beta University of California, Riverside 2001
Gamma University of California, Santa Cruz 2002
Delta San Francisco State University 2003
Epsilon California State University, San Bernardino 2003
Zeta University of California, Davis 2003
Eta Sacramento State University 2004
Theta Sonoma State University 2005
Iota University of California, San Diego 2007
Kappa California State University, Los Angeles 2008
Lambda San Jose State University 2010
Mu Humboldt State University 2016
Nu University of California, Irvine 2016
Sigma Eternal Chapter 2003

References