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Major: Chican@ Studies
Occupation: Medical Research Coordinator.
Tell us about your org (founding date and chapter, principles, philanthropy, mission, etc). Why did you join this org?
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated was established at California State University, Chico on March 11, 1986 by 18 empowered women. They founded this organization on the pillars of Academic Excellence, Community Service, and Sisterhood. Our purpose is to open the doors of opportunity for the Latinas in our community, and in doing so, foster leaders through educational and professional development. We pride ourselves in developing young students into the leaders and professionals of tomorrow.
As an organization, our philanthropy is Tijeras, a national program whose intent is to provide leadership development and higher education accessibility to the women in our communities. We achieve this goal through our scholarships, grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting access to education, and our college preparedness conference: Latina Youth Leadership Conference.
How did being Greek impact your college life?
Growing up as a first-generation Latina student, I lacked role models with similar ambitions and aspirations as myself. Though I was encouraged to succeed academically, I failed to see how said accomplishment would be possible for a woman of my socioeconomic background. My scarcity of role models changed once I met the women of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated.
As a freshman in college, in a prestigious university like UCLA, I found myself lost and alone in a sea of students who did not represent those with whom I had previously attended school. I desperately sought familiarity through language and culture, and that is what I found with Lambda Theta Nu. I found a family, a group of women whose experiences mirrored my own.
Whether we shared similar backgrounds or interests these women and I all had overcome our personal obstacles to gain access to an institution of higher education from which we sought to earn a degree. The organization provided me with examples of how this feat was possible and showcased how through the bonds of sisterhood, these women had developed into campus leaders, scholars, and professionals. I knew I wanted that for myself and chose to join.
How did being Greek impact your college life?
Being a member of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Incorporated enriched my college experience by providing me with structure and networking opportunities. As an active member of my organization, I was encouraged to practice our pillars through the incorporation of community service events and academic standards. In having these requirements, I constantly found myself seeking the opportunity to become more involved in student-led organizations and local communities, all while ensuring my academic path to graduation was set.
The sisterhood component of my organization was what truly allowed me to establish a strong networking system. Regardless of the chapter or initiation year, I was able to form interpersonal relationships with many of the women that would later become my mentors, guides and support system.
What skills did you learn that you have applied to post grad life? How did you learn these skills?
There are innumerable skills I have learned from being a member of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. Amongst them are professionalism, communication, and organization.
Professionalism, for example, was intertwined in our daily actions within the organization, whether it was through the use of Robert’s Rules of Order to effectively run our meetings or attending our annual National Leadership and Organizational Development Conference to equip us with the necessary knowledge to successfully run our chapters.
Communication skills were gained through mandatory workshops and events – though most chapters far exceeded organizational requirements, the resulting interactions I had on behalf of my organization helped me, and sisters like me, become eloquent and fearless public speakers.
Lastly, the ambition instilled upon us as members conditioned me to dream big. I learned how to properly plan and execute these visions with events like our quarterly retreats, chapter events, and our annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference.
The indispensable skills I have gained from Lambda Theta Nu have given me the confidence to pursue my current career position as a coordinator, where I oversee a multitude of projects, knowing I have the ability to effectively and professionally execute my duties. In addition to my current job position, these skills have allowed me to become the Public Relations Director of the National Association of Lambda Alumnae, Lambda Theta Nu’s own alumnae association.