A very special thank you to Region IV for welcoming our Region V Neo, Elyana Ramirez, to their conference this past weekend at Alpha Lambda Chapter UNC Charlotte. This is a great example of a national sorority! Our love for this sisterhood is nationwide and binds us all!
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.
The time has finally come! It’s our National Convention where sisters come together from all over the country to develop their leadership. This year’s theme is “A Pathway to Leadership: Educating, Elevating and Empowering Women”. The most exciting part? It’s being held in Houston, Texas!! If you want to learn more about the convention check out our page http://events.justbecus.org/
If you want to keep up with our sisters there follow us at #CUSConvention14
We are excited to welcome our newest chapter, Beta Rho, which was founded at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut on November 9, 2013. Quinnipiac University is one of the most prestigious and upcoming private universities in the Northeast. Launching a new chapter of a Latina Greek Organization on campus will be the first of many steps towards the diversification of the university, as well as the enrichment of its community both on and off campus.
Beta Rho chapter was founded by six scholarly and charismatic women, who are of Dominican, Costa Rican and Mexican upbringings. They have successfully accomplished their goal of being pioneers in a movement to bring a Latina sorority to Quinnipiac University. These women are Kathia Elena Fonseca, Alyna Torres, Pamela Caceres, Jacqueline Serna, Kiana Maria Orozco and Heily Naomi Guzman. The founders of Beta Rho chapter are diligently working together to enhance and create progression in the Quinnipiac Greek Life Community. In addition, these women are motivated to become the epitome of true sisterhood, academic excellence, and exemplary community service.
We salute the courageous men and women who have contributed to our nation’s freedom by serving in the Armed Forces and to those who have risked and sacrificed their lives to protect us. We especially honor the men and women who have given up their lives completely and who are no longer with us. Our prayers and thoughts are with their families on this special day. We express our greatest pride in the women who we call our sisters and have devoted themselves to this calling. Thank you for your service and happy veterans day!
Left to right: Narcely Ruiz, sister of Alpha Zeta Chapter at Texas Christian University (U.S. Air Force, 2000-2006); Captain Angelica Saldaña Heiderick, sister of Phi Chapter at Texas A&M University (U.S. Air Force, 2007-present); Captain Leslie Herrera, sister of Mu Chapter at La Salle University (U.S. Army Veteran, 2005-present)