Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (SIA) is on a mission to empower college-bound Latinas to reach their goals with the help of supportive sisterhood. The sorority was founded on Sept. 29, 1990 by 13 women from four universities in New York. SIA started with a vision “of creating an organization that would help their communities, unite women and promote scholarship,” according to the website. Twenty-seven years later, SIA chapters can be found in colleges in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and California.
One program offered by the sorority is called the Reaching Others Through Service & Education (R.O.S.E.) Mentorship Program. The program, according to the SIA official website, is about fostering the professional development, encouraging service, and creating leaders in the Latina community. Members of the SIA family also spend time giving back to their communities either by volunteering with different local groups like retirement homes to working with the AIDSWalk.
“SIA has given me the opportunity to demonstrate my capabilities as a strong, educated, and driven Latina. In addition, I have acquired some of my closest relationships in my decade as an Hermana,” reads Jessica Invencible’s testimonial. “I am surrounded by women who continue to exemplify the meaning of leadership, courage, and strength. I am grateful for the role they play in my life and hope to serve as a role model for others.”