Chapter History

In the Spring semester of 1998, a handful of women decided to establish a Latina sorority at Columbia University after finding that the other sororities on campus did not meet their expectations in terms of promoting and helping the Latino culture and community. After researching various organizations, these women learned of a sorority named Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha , Inc.  

During the Fall of 1998, the women learned more about the sorority's goals and history which brought them to the decision to bring Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. to Columbia University. 

In the Fall semester of 1998, an interest group of women formed at Columbia University.  These women performed various community service activities with the Hermanas of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha , Inc. Out of these women, three were determined enough to pursue membership into this organization.  These three women went on to complete the membership process and become the founding line of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha , Inc. 

These women are known collectively as "Canocum de Agua y Fuego" and their names are Joann (Paciencia) Garcia,
Caridad (Coraje) Guerrero,
Yomara (Macu) Castro.

On May 1999, Columbia University approved the establishment of a chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha , Inc. on campus. 

Since their establishment the chapter has grown and now has had 16 lovely sisters.