Delta Tau Lambda
Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Incorporated
On April 2, 1994 two women of strength and integrity united to develop the first and only Latina-based sorority founded at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. On this day Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Incorporated was born. Their mission was to build an organization that would bring about greatness to the communities in which the organization was a part of while working with women that strived for professionalism and leadership.
The founders, Darilís García-McMillan and Maria Victoria Ramos, focused their efforts on academic excellence, community service and professionalism. With that in mind in the summer of 1994 the women selected their charitable causes, and created their staple program the Salute to Latinas, Fuerza de la Mujer Latina. In 1995 Darilís and Maria founded the Lydia Cruz and Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Darilís grandmother and Maria Victoria’s sister, two women who greatly influenced the lives of the Founding Mothers. The scholarship is awarded annually by Delta Tau Lambda Sorority members who raise money for the scholarship in order to assist other young Latinas to reach for the goals using education as their tool.
The organization provides support for its members and works endlessly for the empowerment of the Latino community. In order to meet our objectives and the needs of our community, we organize and participate in various community service activities such as Voter Registration Day, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen’s Race for a Cure, Violence & STD Prevention Programs, Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway, and Child Safety Fair, just to name a few.
On January 11, 2014 the Lambda chapter of Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc. was chartered at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The chartering members are: Emny DeLeon, Brenda Garcia, Rachel Lantigua, Loanna Abreu and Kayla Mayhue. Since Fall 2012, there was a strong interest to bring Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Incorporated to GVSU. At the time there were only two other Latina-based, multicultural sororities on campus which really limited the options for diverse women interested in Greek life. The founding members wanted to provide more options for other women and attract more diversity to the campus. Within the state of Michigan the organization has five collegiate and two professional/graduate chapters that provide great support to chapters across the state.
Founded Nationally: University of Michigan - April 2, 1994
Chartered at Grand Valley: January 11, 2014
Founders: Darilís García-McMillan & Maria Victoria Ramos
Colors: Brown & Gold always accented in Cream
Mottos: Strength and Unity are the Key to Excellence &
Con Fuerza construiremos, con Honestidad creceremos, con Unidad nunca seremos Vencidas
Flower: Forget me not
Symbol: African Lion
Poem: Path to Sisterhood
Tag Line: Women by Chance, Sisters by Choice, Phenomenal by Nature
Principles: ♦ Excellence ♦ Honesty ♦ Integrity ♦ Strength ♦ Unity ♦ Wisdom
♦ Community Service
♦ Promote higher learning in Latino Youth
♦ Convey in younger women through our wisdom, to reach for their dreams using education as their tool
♦ Promote unity in the Latino community by: identifying common problems, supporting each other, and defining collective solutions
♦ Expand our cultural horizons by working with other communities of Color
National website: www.deltataulambda.org