New Latina-Based Sorority Earns Official Chapter Designation

It’s official: Simpson has a new sorority.

Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. notified the College recently that a chapter petition has been approved and the sorority will officially be known as the Eta Zeta Chapter, the first Latina-based and multicultural fraternity or sorority on campus.

“I think this is an incredibly exciting moment for Simpson College,” said Kyle Fowler, director of New Student Programs and associate director of Student Activities. “The Zeta Eta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma Colony shows Simpson’s commitment to living our mission and vision by fostering personal growth within a creative and diverse environment.”

The Sigma Lambda Colony at Simpson officially formed in April 2015. Colonies have two years to achieve chapter status, which requires being fiscally sound, meeting member and colony GPAs, having a full advisory board and at least 10 members. The Simpson chapter currently has 11 students.

Although the chapter is Latina-based, any female student can join, Fowler said.

Earning the chapter designation required a lot of work from a lot of different people in the campus community, he said.

They include:

*Tracy Dinesen, campus faculty advisor, associate professor of Spanish and associate dean for assessment and general education.

*Kristen Wagner, the former associate director of Student Activities.

*Rich Ramos, associate dean of students.

*Nicole Ebel, Panhellenic President for the 2016 calendar year. “She made great strides incorporating Sigma Lambda Gamma in Panhellenic events and supporting them through the Panhellenic Council,” Fowler said.

*Carmen Sanchez and Ana Strong-Gonzalez, the two entity advisors who also are alumnae of the sorority.

*The students who belong to Zeta Eta. “Without them and their dedication and hard work, none of this would have been possible” Fowler said.

“To see them finally reach their goal is tremendously exciting, not only as the fraternity and sorority life advisor, but also for the fraternity and sorority life community as we strive to be a welcoming place for all students,” he added.