The Hermanas of Alpha Rho Lambda are committed to academic excellence and academic honor. Upon obtaining membership, Hermanas are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.67 on a 4.0 scale. We practice academic integrity and encourage Hermanas to seek academic support from their fellow chapter members, Hermanas at other academic institutions and alumnae within their fields of study. Chapters are empowered to utilize organizational and membership support mechanisms to assist Hermanas with their academic programs. Alpha Rho Lambda endorses the academic goals of the membership, and strongly encourages Hermanas to seek professional degrees.
Hermanas of Alpha Rho Lambda have graduated from Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, Central Connecticut State University, Tufts University, Stanford University Business School, Columbia University and the University of California at San Diego, just to name a few. These bright women have gone on to practice law and medicine, work in social services, and serve as officers in Fortune 500 businesses.
Alpha Rho Lambda and our Hermanas maintain a passionate dedication to the betterment of the Latino community and to all those who are disadvantaged or in need. Through various local and national efforts, Hermanas strive to enrich local communities, increase awareness of important issues, and support the empowerment of distressed neighborhoods and groups to promote self-determination and dignity. Alpha Rho Lambda supports and celebrates efforts designed to stabilize the future of Latino communities in order to ensure their survival and growth. Many of the programs Hermanas create and participate in assist diverse communities, and encourage the involvement of other organizations and volunteers.
Alpha Rho Lambda has raised funds for national organizations like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and local community services such as shelters for women who are battered and their children. Our chapters are encouraged to address specific community needs and produce creative solutions like Beta Chapter’s Young Latina Excellence Award, which provides scholarships to high school students around the Greater Boston, Massachusetts area to assist with first-year college expenses.
The most important aspect of Alpha Rho Lambda is our everlasting bond of sisterhood and lifelong support network continually developed and cultivated among Hermanas. Sisterhood is the reason our organization continues to grow and thrive. We strive to create bonds that respect our personal opinions and ideas, which encourages our dedication to each other and the organization. Through cultural presentations and informative discussions Hermanas promote communication on topics such as race, ethnicity and gender to increase awareness of issues that can impact relationship building within and outside of our membership.
As a Latina-based organization, Alpha Rho Lambda acknowledges all of the various races of Latino ancestry, thereby deriving the name Alianza de Raíces Latinas. Although we are firmly established in our commitment to support Latina women, our Hermanas come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. We embrace our sorority’s rich ethnic heritage and maintain a mutual respect, wisdom, and desire to share our bountiful ancestry with others. We graciously and openly welcome all women who seek true sisterhood and are committed to our organization’s tenets.