Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. is a social fraternity established at the University of Iowa on April 4, 1986 by 18 men of diverse cultural backgrounds. Since its establishment, Sigma Lambda Beta has become the largest, fastest growing, and most successful organization of its kind with over 144 entities nationwide.

Built upon the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship, Community Service, and Cultural Awareness, Sigma Lambda Beta’s mission is to nurture and further a dynamic, value-based environment which utilizes its diverse multicultural membership as a catalyst to better serve the needs and wants of all people.

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. values fairness, opportunity, and the equality of all men regardless of their race, culture, or ethnicity. We are committed to create and expand multicultural leadership, promote academic excellence, provide cultural awareness and education, and establish a Brotherhood amongst all intelligent and dedicated young men on university campuses across the nation.

“Opportunity for Wisdom, Wisdom for Culture”

In the early spring semester of 1986 at the University of Iowa, Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., wanted to further expand the possibility of a Latino-based organization with multicultural membership that would grow just as notable. The purpose of creating such an organization came from the social and cultural dynamics at the time. Minorities on campus were under represented and lacked interaction amongst each other. Thus, Mendoza along with seventeen other men began to explore the idea of establishing a Latino-based fraternity in order to unify all under represented minorities and to promote cultural understanding along with academic excellence.

The men met officially on March 7, 1986 with some of the Latino students at the University of Iowa.

On April 4, 1986, the members finalized the philosophy of the organization and the eighteen men who came to study in the US from Latin America, Africa & Asia became the eighteen Founding Fathers of Sigma Lambda Beta. They were inducted as brothers at the university’s Danforth Chapel with the following principles in mind: brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness.

   Founding Fathers

  • Baltazar Mendoza-Madrigal
  • Thomas Carrasquillo
  • Manuel Chavarria
  • Luis Jimenez
  • Luis Marquez
  • Mario Buendia
  • Enrique Carbajal
  • Rudolfo Garza
  • Jose Fong
  • Eric Montes
  • Olakunle Oyeyemi
  • Kuy Ou
  • Jaime Ramirez
  • Olivero Rivera
  • Juan Jose Rojas Cardona
  • Eugenio Soria
  • Juan Valdez
  • Ricardo Zamudio

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