During the fall of 1985, Baltazar Mendoza- Madrigal began to explore the idea of establishing a Latino-based fraternity at the University of Iowa. After months of dedicated research, Mendoza-Madrigal called for a special meeting on March 7, 1986. Held at the Chicano Native American Cultural Center, this meeting would bring together the Latino students to discuss the feasibility of creating a social fraternity that would focus on the Latino culture.
After much planning, the ideology and philosophy of this new organization were finalized on April 4th, 1986. Henceforth, this day is recognized as the official founding date of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity at The University of Iowa.
For close to 30 years, our Fraternity has grown to over 100 collegiate entities spanning across 29 states from Coast to Coast. Moreover, our membership has expanded beyond our Hispanic- Latino origins making us one of the most culturally diverse Greek lettered organizations.