Sigma Omega Nu Latina Interest Sorority, Inc.

 Gamma Chapter

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Message From Our President

My name is Ana Olivor Zavala. I am fourth year, first generation, undocumented student at UCSB, and I am the current Gamma chapter president of Sigma Omega Nu. Sigma Omega Nu stands for academics, cultura, and sisterhood. I joined because I had not found my place at UCSB. I felt lost and out of place my first two years. It wasn’t until I joined that I finally felt like I had found my home away from home, I had found my extended family. I believe I could relate with our organization because everyone tried to get to know me on a personal level. I even had sisters working out with me because that is something I enjoyed, before I had decided to join the organization. That’s what sisterhood is about, genuinely caring, supporting and enjoying each other’s company. My life definitely became a lot sunnier after I joined Sigma Omega Nu.

History

Sigma Omega Nu, Latina Interest Sorority, Inc. was established on November 6, 1996 at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. We are also known as the Sunnies and we are represented by the colors black, burgundy and gold. The Founding Mothers of our sorority sought to create a strong Latina voice and presence on campus by fostering a community based on the three objectives of Academics, Cultura, and Sisterhood. The purpose of Sigma Omega Nu is to create sisterhood, scholastic excellence, self-improvement, Latino/a awareness, and to provide community service.  We were established at UCSB on March 22, 2002. Though we are a Latina Interest Sorority we welcome and embrace members across cultural, ethnic, religious, political, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation spectrums.

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Philanthropy 

A unique feature of Sigma Omega Nu is that each chapter selects a philanthropy that allows them to help their unique communities. Our philanthropy is with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. TBCF is a non-profit organization that supports families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties who have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support. Any person who wants to volunteer can contact TBCF directly or can ask any sister of Sigma Omega Nu, TBCF is always looking for more people to help.

Other Information

  • Our funds that were not used for our Battle of the Chapters this past year were all donated to BLM organizations.

  • Our alumni, Natalie Gonzalez who works in the financial aid office, was recognized by the Margaret T. Getman Service to Students Award, for demonstrating commitment to overall growth of students.

  • 10 hours of community service per quarter

Quarterly GPA:

  •             Minimum Quarterly GPA: 2.3

  •             Minimum Cummulative GPA: 2.5

Cost to join/any financial assistance:  

  • Costs vary from class to class depending on materials used during pledgeship, but costs should never hold you back from joining. We will always work one on one if a financial plan is needed. 

  • We have scholarships sisters can apply to every year. They include academic, sisterhood, and leadership scholarships that are given during our National Conference over summer.

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