Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc.

University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

Chapter HERstory


          In the early months of the new millennium, a group of womyn from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC),which included, Christina, Marrero, Cynthia Zamora, Mirna Cañas, and Anita Zavala came together with the intent of searching for a sisterhood, since they found that no sorority at their campus met their standards. These womyn came together and embarked on a journey to find an organization that strived to help the community, believed in the independence and empowerment of womyn, but also held academics in high regards. These womyn wanted to expand their horizons and believed that multiculturalism and diversity was a huge part of that expansion. Some time into their search, Erika Favela, another womyn with the same standards, joined the group.

          The possibility of founding their own organization was still an option to ensure that all of their requirements and goals were met, but after months of research the womyn narrowed their search to their top three choices. The womyn met with two out of the three sororities but still weren’t satisfied. Finally, in March of 2000 they met with representatives from their top choice, Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. After the presentation of the Interest Meeting Vino Blanco, the womyn unanimously voted that Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. was for them! After much frustration, disappointment and long hours their search had ended. Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. was everything the womyn had been looking for.  That day 7 womyn became W.I.L.D., otherwise known as Womyn Interested in the Lambda Destiny.  Weeks later three more womyn joined their group. As W.I.L.D., this group of womyn had the opportunity to get to know each other better, and get to know the sisters of Lambda Tau Omega better. They also had the chance to do community service and fundraisers.

         After many months and long hours, only five out of the 10 proved to be dedicated and strong enough to emerge from the depths of the Lambda Tau Omega Seas. With their Royal Blue and Light Grey fins, these womyn were finally worthy enough to be known as “Mermaids.” Thus so it stands that on November 18, 2000 at 7:39 p.m. Christina Marrero, Cynthia Zamora, Mirna Cañas, Erika Favela, and Anita Zavala were inducted as Founding Sisters of the 11th chapter of Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. In the presence of Founding Mother Belinda Diaz, other Founding Sisters, and sisters from every chapter, the Leviathan Lambda Chapter at the University of Illinois, became the first out of state chapter. That same semester the chapter was formally recognized by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.