Reflections from National Convention

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This past weekend, we had an opportunity to troop it Houston for the CUS National Women’s Leadership Convention. Convention is one of the most exciting events in our sorority. We had a chance to meet and greet with sisters near and far. We take pride in being one of the few national organizations who truly maintains ongoing relationships with sisters beyond our current state lines. When we come together, it really is just a big family reunion. We know each other, have interacted by phone, email, text, Facebook, Skype and we finally get to see each other in person (if we haven’t already).

Convention is a place to rekindle our passion for CUS and to advance our individual development. We attended incredible workshops, received wisdom and insight from great speakers, visited with sisters and connected with exhibitors. This year’s speakers included:

  • Mrs. Ellen Torbert, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Southwest
  • Texas Senator Sylvania R. Garcia (District 6)
  • Mr. Robert. E. Bard, President and CEO of Latina Style Magazine
  • Mrs. Ivette Mayo, CEO of Yo Soy I Am, LLC
  • Dr. Debra Joy Perez, Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Ms. Ann Marquez, President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute
  • Dr. Sylvia Mazzula, Director of the Latina Researchers Network
  • Ms. Kristi Jackson, CEO and Founder of the Women CEO Project
  • Ms. Schrendria Robinson, Author, Speaker and Consultant
  • Dr. Josephine Serrata, Assistant Director of Research for the National Latin@ Network
  • Mr. Laurence Pay, President of the Educational Excellence Resource Group and talk show host on Public Radio 90.1 FM KPFT

Additionally, we hit a new normal, which truly embodied our purpose: to educate, elevate and empower women. The Convention was opened to non-members and featured a couple networking receptions. We learned a lot about our partners, the work they do in their communities and the opportunities available within their companies or organizations. We were also connected with women who are not members, and are also doing incredible work within themselves and in their communities.

On the last day of Convention, we celebrated the accomplishments of our sisters and chapters. The celebration honored the legacy created by seven women, our Founding Mothers, who we are eternally grateful for.

We look forward to the CUS National Banquet in 2015 and National Women’s Convention in 2016 and hope you consider joining us.

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About CUS - Alpha Zeta Chapter

Picture In the Spring of 2002 a group of women realized their common want and need for an organization that was something greater than what already existed at Texas Christian University; thus leading to the beginning of a concept that would turn out to have extraordinary outcomes. After many weeks of researching different sororities they came upon Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Incorporated and upon this discovery the searching ended. The women wanted an organization that embodied sisterhood, education, and community service. This and much more was exemplified by Chi Upsilon Sigma. The two devoted women, Eugenia Redondo and Lisa Marie Cano, established the Alpha Zeta Colony at TCU on Sunday, April 13, 2003. Alpha Zeta Colony received Chapter recognition on April 11, 2005. The women of Alpha Zeta dedicate their efforts to promote the sorority’s motto, “Wisdom through Education” as well as educate the public on social, political, cultural, and educational issues. As Alpha Zeta continues to grow with women who are not content to accept an ordinary life, who are willing to make a difference and who are not afraid to voice their opinion, the Light of CUS will never grow dim.
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