During the fall of 1985, Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal began to explore the idea of establishing a Latino-based fraternity at the University of Iowa. Having seen the impact organizations like Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity had on their constituency, Mendoza-Madrigal knew something similar could be done for the Latino interest. Without knowing the impact he would have almost 30 years down the road, Baltazar starting doing research on this possibility.
After months of dedicated research, Mendoza-Madrigal called for a special meeting on March 7, 1986. Held at the Chicano Indian American Cultural Center (now known as the Latino Native American Cultural Center), this meeting would bring together the Latino students to discuss the feasibility of creating a social fraternity that would focus on the Latino culture.
“The Latino community was divided among several social groups at the time,” said Mendoza-Madrigal. The enthusiasm in favor of establishing a social fraternity that could help in unifying the community was so great that word started to spread quickly across the University of Iowa campus. Everyone knew that something great was about to take place. After much planning, the ideology and philosophy of this new organization were finalized on April 4th, 1986. Henceforth, this day is recognized as the official founding date of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity at The University of Iowa.
From Coast to Coast
After over 30 years, our Fraternity has grown to over 120 collegiate entities spanning across 30 states from Coast to Coast. Sigma Lambda Beta entities can be found at some of the largest institutions in the Big Ten or Pac 10, or at some of the most prestigious small private schools across the country. Moreover, our membership has expanded beyond our Hispanic-Latino origins making us one of the most culturally diverse Greek lettered organizations. A detailed history of our fraternity
Our Founding Fathers
Eighteen men gathered at the University of Iowa and founded Sigma Lambda Beta. These men came from all sorts of backgrounds and exemplify what Sigma Lambda Beta stands for today. These men are:
- Bro. Mario Buendia
- Bro. Enrique Carbajal
- Bro. Thomas Carrasquillo
- Bro. Manuel Chavarria
- Bro. Jose Fong
- Bro. Rudolfo Garza
- Bro. Luis Jimenez
- Bro. Luis Marquez
- Bro. Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal
- Bro. Eric Montes
- Bro. Kuy Ou
- Bro. Olakunle Oyeyemi
- Bro. Jaime Ramirez
- Bro. Olivero Rivera
- Bro. Eugenio Soria
- Bro. Juan Valdez
- Bro. Ricardo Zamudio
Our Founding Date: April 4th, 1986
Our Nicknames: Lambda Betas or Betas.
Our Principles: Brotherhood, Scholarship, Community Service & Cultural Awareness.
Our Mission: To nurture and further a dynamic, values-based environment which utilizes our historically Latino based fraternity as a catalyst to better serve the needs and wants of all people.
Our Colors: Royal Purple & Pure White.
Our Flower: Red Carnation.
"Lambda Betas... Coast to Coast!"
"S-I-G-M-A... Lambda Betas all the way!"