Latina Style: Finding the Latina in Me

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Throughout my life growing up in a small town in northern Florida, I was always the only Latina in my class. When I entered the University of Florida in the fall of 2001, I searched for ways to explore my heritage. I attended an organizational fair with booths promoting different groups on campus. One was for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority.

At first I was skeptical of sororities. I remembered seeing the huge houses on Sorority Row and the hundreds of girls walking from house to house during rush trying to obtain a bid from their chosen sororities. The selection process seemed to be superficial and based more on looks than character. I was convinced I didn’t need to “buy” my friends.

Still, something drew me to the table.

Two professional-looking women greeted me from behind the table. One happened to be Mexican-Japanese and the other was Cuban. I expected to be bombarded with heaps of fliers and pressured to sign their contact list, as I had experienced at other organizations’ booths. Not this one.

The women introduced themselves and before long, we had been talking for almost 20 minutes and were laughing like friends who had known each other for years. The more I dug, the more I realized Lambda Theta Alpha was what I had been looking for my entire life. It was a sisterhood or positive women from various background and cultures who shared the desire to better themselves and their communities. I could look at them and see aspects of myself.

I became a sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority during the early morning hours of March 3, 2002. The orientation process brought me together with eight other dynamic women in my pledge class. It taught me more about myself than I’d even known. The orientation process strengthened me and taught me to live my life according to the sorority’s principles of Unity, Love and Respect. I was now part of a national network and support system of other women who sought to empower minorities. More importantly, I gained Sisters whom I could count on no matter what-even to come pick me up at 3a.m. if I needed a ride.

My sorority became my home away from home. My Sisters and I rented apartments near one another and often walked back and forth between them to visit. We knew everything about each other, visited each other’s families back home and cared for each other when we were sick. We cooked for each other, went to the gym together, went to church together, shared all-nighters before big exams and partied together. I grew to know everything about my sorority Sisters: their fears, their dreams, their allergies, and which ex-novio still made them cry.

Lambda Theta Alpha is still part of my family today. Since graduation, I speak to my sorority Sisters every day and make weekly trips to see them. I keep abreast of birth and wedding announcements, job openings, and calls to action on our national listserv. Lambda Theta Alpha gave me a second family, a membership program, a networking system, a counselor, a fitness trainer and a car-pooling system, all in one. It really became my way of life. Every day one of my Sisters inspires me, no matter if she pledged in 1975 or the spring of 2005.

Lambda Theta Alpha didn’t make me the woman I am today; it enhanced the strengths I already had and refined my way of thinking. I guess sororities weren’t so bad after all. Vol. 11, No. 2

–Ashley Cisneros
Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.

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About the Author:

Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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