In the Spring semester of 1994, five inspiring young women: Zuleyka Heredia, Ricki Robles, Amelia Schustz, Erica Solorzano and Bernadette Vargas came together to establish one of the first Chicana/Latina groups at the University of California, Berkeley. These five women recognized the limited amount of support and resources for Chicana/Latinas on the university campus and resolved to fill the void. These visionary women established the foundation of what has evolved into a recognized organization. Hermanas Unidas combines academics, community service and social activities to unite and support Chicana/Latinas in their quest for higher education, while emphasizing Hermandad.
El Quinto Blossom
El Quinto Sol, or the fifth sun of the Aztec calendar, represents and signifies change. It exemplifies the search for unity, restoration and purification of personal balance. The symbol chosen to exemplify the spirit of Hermanas Unidas is El Quinto Blossom. It is representative of the group because of the constant change we face as students, as women, as Latinas, as daughters, as sisters, as an organization, but most of all, as individuals. It is the change that empowers us for growth on personal, educational and professional levels. - It Represents the story of a young woman, her face in profile, depicted by the leaf and stem of the logo. This woman is on the path to enlightenment through the pursuit of education, symbolized by the winding stem, which also represents the challenging, yet rewarding road towards personal growth. Her path leads to El Quinto Sol, the fruit of her sacrifice, the sum of her experiences, the rewards of the relationships she has built. This is the story of the Hermana that blossoms into a woman of truth, a stronger woman for having traveled that road. El Quinto Sol remains the focal point of our logo so that we may never forget where we came from and that we may keep clear where we are going together in Hermandad.
MEET OUR FOUNDERS
In the fall of 2011, eight determined women set out in search of Hermandad. As part of an under-represented group at Humboldt State these ladies sought to bring together women of common interests in order to build familiar and strong connections. These women decided to establish something that wouldn’t judge or discriminate and sought to provide unity through empowerment. With these goals in mind these women founded a chapter of Hermanas Unidas that filled the void at the Humboldt State Campus. Through academics, community service, and collegial networking Hermanas Unidas hopes to unite and support hermanas along their pursuit of higher education.