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Lambda Theta Alpha

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Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated
Founded December 1, 1975
Kean University
Type Academic
Scope United States
Motto Latin By Tradition Not By Definition


Symbol La Perla (pearl), La Dama (lady), La Concha (shell), La Luna (moon), y La Palma (Palm Tree)[1]
Philanthropy St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Chapters Undergraduate Chapters: 131 Alumnae Chapters: 22
Headquarters Union, New Jersey, U.S.
Homepage .org.lambdaladywww

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (ΛΘΑ), established in 1975, is the first sorority ever created to cater towards the needs of Latinas in the United States.

The idea for Lambda Theta Alpha began in the 1970s, when colleges and universities experienced an influx of Latino enrollment; the organization was founded at Kean University by seventeen women of Latin, Caribbean, and European descent.[2] The sorority is Latin by tradition, not by definition in that it remains open to women of all races and ethnicities. It is a social organization that stresses social justice and activism.

Lambda Theta Alpha partakes in traditions such as having hand signs, and calls, as well as saluting and strolling but not stepping, out of respect to the Divine Nine. Saluting demonstrates unity and respect. While strolling demonstrates unity and pride. All these traditions are extremely respected and held dearly by the organization.[3]

They also were under the umbrella of NALFO, which is the

  • Lambda Theta Alpha — national website

External links

  1. ^ "Lambda Theta Alpha". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Home page". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lambda Theta Alpha's Website". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "NALFO - Official Website". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "NALFO ANNOUNCES 2014 NATIONAL AWARDS". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "LTA becomes First and Only Latino Greek Member to Nationally Partner with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lambda Theta Alpha's Website". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lambda Theta Alpha's Website". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "LTA becomes First and Only Latino Greek Member to Nationally Partner with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Lambda Theta Alpha's Website". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Lambda Theta Alpha's Website". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 


Alumnae Chapter State Established
Alpha Alpha Montclair, New Jersey April 17, 1993
Alpha Beta Hartford, Connecticut November 6, 1999
Alpha Gamma Austin, Texas January 12, 2000
Alpha Delta Silver Spring, Maryland January 27, 2002
Alpha Epsilon New York, New York August 6, 2005
Alpha Zeta Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 1, 2009
Alpha Eta Los Angeles, California April 25, 2009
Alpha Theta Seattle, Washington
Alpha Iota Nashville, Tennessee
Alpha Kappa Madison, Wisconsin
Alpha Lambda Chicago, Illinois August 15, 2007
Alpha Mu Detroit, Michigan
Alpha Nu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 11, 2011
Alpha Xi Alexandria, Virginia March 15, 2012
Alpha Omicron Phoenix, Arizona December 11, 2012
Alpha Pi Boston, Massachusetts January 22, 2013
Alpha Rho Raleigh, North Carolina January 22, 2013
Alpha Sigma Georgia March 6, 2013
Alpha Tau Albuquerque, New Mexico May 1, 2013
Alpha Upsilon Orlando, Florida June 25, 2013
Alpha Phi Dallas, Texas August 16, 2013
Alpha Chi San Francisco, California December 16, 2013
Alpha Psi Denver, Colorado Spring 2015
Alpha Omega Paterson, New Jersey Spring 2015

Alumnae Chapters

Chapter School Established
Alpha Kean University
Beta Bloomfield College May 12, 1980
Gamma The College of New Jersey April 10, 1981
Delta Seton Hall University April 6, 1986
Epsilon Rutgers University-New Brunswick November 15, 1987
Zeta Stockton University December 11, 1987
Eta Fairleigh Dickinson University and Caldwell College November 11, 1990
Theta Rowan University November 3, 1991
Iota Rider University November 3, 1991
Kappa University of Connecticut Spring 1992
Lambda Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Spring 1992
Mu Ramapo College of New Jersey April 26, 1992
Nu Montclair State University April 26, 1992
Xi Manhattan College, The College of New Rochelle and Iona College Spring 1992
Omicron Upsala College Spring 1993
Pi West Chester University of Pennsylvania Fall 1993
Rho Rutgers University-Camden Fall 1993
Sigma William Paterson University Fall 1993
Tau Monmouth University April 24, 1994
Upsilon University of Maryland, College Park June 4, 1995
Phi New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark March 17, 1996
Chi University of Florida March 17, 1996
Psi Central Connecticut State University March 23, 1996
Omega (Deceased sisters are "inducted into Omega chapter")[8]
Beta Alpha University of Hartford and Trinity College March 23, 1996
Beta Beta Le Moyne College Fall 1997
Beta Gamma University of South Florida Spring 1998
Beta Delta California State University, Long Beach Spring 1998
Beta Epsilon University of Pennsylvania and Temple University July 31, 1998
Beta Zeta Loyola Marymount University Spring 1998
Beta Eta Texas A&M University September 13, 1998
Beta Theta University of Central Florida Spring 1999
Beta Iota Arizona State University July 3, 1999
Beta Kappa University of Maryland, Baltimore County Spring 1999
Beta Lambda Pennsylvania State University Spring 1999
Beta Mu University of North Texas January 12, 2000
Beta Nu University of Texas at Arlington January 12, 2000
Beta Xi San Jose State University January 19, 2000
Beta Omicron University of Michigan, Ann Arbor January 23, 2000
Beta Pi Eastern Michigan University January 23, 2000
Beta Rho New Jersey City University and Saint Peter's University October 18, 2000[9]
Beta Sigma University of Miami October 7, 2000
Beta Tau University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College October 8, 2000
Beta Upsilon Western Connecticut State University Fall 2000
Beta Phi University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign March 4, 2001
Beta Chi Eastern Illinois University Spring 2001
Beta Psi Northwestern University Spring 2001
Beta Omega Wayne State University Spring 2001
Gamma Alpha University of Virginia Spring 2001
Gamma Beta Vanderbilt University Spring 2001
Gamma Gamma University of Tennessee April 28, 2001
Gamma Delta Nova Southeastern University Spring 2001
Gamma Epsilon Florida State University Spring 2001
Gamma Zeta University of California, Riverside May 27, 2001
Gamma Eta University of Houston Spring 2001
Gamma Theta Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Spring 2002
Gamma Iota Florida Atlantic University Spring 2002
Gamma Kappa University of New Mexico April 21, 2002
Gamma Lambda California State University, Fullerton Spring 2002
Gamma Mu University of Wisconsin–Madison Spring 2003
Gamma Nu Emory University April 19, 2003
Gamma Xi Sam Houston State University June 8, 2003
Gamma Omicron University of Washington August 23, 2003
Gamma Pi Florida International University Fall 2003
Gamma Rho Texas Tech University November 23, 2003
Gamma Sigma California State University, San Bernardino Spring 2004
Gamma Tau California State University, Los Angeles Spring 2004
Gamma Upsilon California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Spring 2004
Gamma Phi Cornell University June 6, 2004
Gamma Chi The University of Texas at Austin November 20, 2004
Gamma Psi San Diego State University Spring 2005
Gamma Omega Georgia Institute of Technology April 10, 2005
Delta Alpha The University of Georgia April 10, 2005
Delta Beta Georgia State University April 10, 2005
Delta Gamma University of North Carolina at Pembroke April 24, 2005
Delta Delta University of North Carolina at Wilmington April 24, 2005
Delta Epsilon George Mason University Fall 2005
Delta Zeta Stony Brook University Spring 2006
Delta Eta University of Idaho Spring 2006
Delta Theta University of California, Santa Barbara Spring 2006
Delta Iota Middle Tennessee State University April 30, 2006
Delta Kappa St. John's University Spring 2007
Delta Lambda West Virginia University Spring 2007
Delta Mu Western Illinois University Spring 2007
Delta Nu Loyola University Chicago Spring 2007
Delta Xi Lewis Clark State College Spring 2007
Delta Omicron University of California, Berkeley Spring 2007
Delta Pi University of Delaware Fall 2007
Delta Rho University of California, Los Angeles Spring 2008
Delta Sigma Texas Wesleyan University Spring 2008
Delta Tau San Francisco State University Spring 2008
Delta Upsilon Lehigh University Spring 2008
Delta Phi University of Southern California Spring 2008
Delta Chi California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Spring 2008
Delta Psi Towson University Spring 2009
Delta Omega California State University, Northridge Spring 2009
Epsilon Alpha Kennesaw State University April 12, 2009
Epsilon Beta University of Chicago Spring 2009
Epsilon Gamma University of Illinois at Chicago Spring 2009
Epsilon Delta DePaul University Fall 2009
Epsilon Epsilon Eastern Washington University October 31, 2009
Epsilon Zeta University of Vermont Fall 2009
Epsilon Eta Villanova University November 21, 2009
Epsilon Theta East Carolina University Spring 2010
Epsilon Iota Humboldt State University Spring 2010
Epsilon Kappa University of Arizona April 17, 2010
Epsilon Lambda Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University April 17, 2010
Epsilon Mu SUNY Oneonta Fall 2010
Epsilon Nu North Carolina State University April 3, 2011
Epsilon Xi California State University, Fresno Spring 2011
Epsilon Omicron Binghamton University - State University of New York Spring 2011
Epsilon Pi Michigan State University Spring 2011
Epsilon Rho Texas Christian University Spring 2011
Epsilon Sigma University of California, Irvine March 24, 2012[10]
Epsilon Tau Lewis University April 1, 2012[10]
Epsilon Upsilon University of California, Davis May 19, 2012[10]
Epsilon Phi University of North Carolina, Charlotte October 20, 2012[11]
Epsilon Chi University of California, Santa Cruz November 17, 2012[11]
Epsilon Psi University at Albany, State University of New York Fall 2012
Epsilon Omega University of Memphis March 16, 2013
Zeta Alpha Virginia Commonwealth University Spring 2013
Zeta Beta University of West Georgia April 12, 2014
Zeta Gamma Iowa State University Spring 2014
Zeta Delta Boise State University October 2014
Zeta Epsilon Syracuse University Fall 2014
Zeta Zeta California State University, East Bay November 8, 2014
Zeta Eta Idaho State University March 14, 2015
Zeta Theta Johnson C. Smith University March 14, 2015
Zeta Iota Heritage University April 11, 2015
Zeta Kappa State University of New York at Plattsburgh April 12, 2015
Zeta Lambda Western Michigan University April 17, 2015
Zeta Mu Duke University April 18, 2015

Undergraduate chapters are present at the following schools[7]

Undergraduate Chapters


With this partnership, LTA provides resources of community service and activism and more importantly, another direct link to the Hispanic community for St. Jude. LTA has pledged to raise awareness about childhood cancer and St. Jude in the Latin community, as well as fundraise for the hospital through a variety of events and programs. [6] Lambda Theta Alpha members serve thousands of hours each year to a variety of philanthropic causes and needs. In the effort to create a more united and bigger impact nationally, Lambda Theta Alpha selected a national philanthropy. In January 2010, LTA became an official collegiate partner to

LTA and the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

National philanthropy

Ileana Almaguer Cecilia Alvarez
Carmen Baez Karen Capra
Doris Cruz Arlene Fernandez
Eneida Figueroa Maria Gautier
Teresa Gonzalez Dra. Thomasa Gonzalez
Diana Ibarria Lillian Marrero
Ofelia Oviedo Linda Perez
Aurora "Dory" Rodriguez Maria del Carmen Vega
Marilyn Wyatt
Picture of Lambda Theta Alpha Founding Mothers and Line 1

Our seventeen Founding Mothers came together and stayed together by choice in an effort to create the first Latin Sorority in the nation. The Founding Mothers are more than historical icons to the sisterhood, they are distinguished professionals within their fields and they continue to contribute to their respective communities on the social, political, and educational level.

Founding Mothers


  • Founding Mothers 1
  • National philanthropy 2
  • Chapters 3
    • Undergraduate Chapters 3.1
    • Alumnae Chapters 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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