About Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Theta Alpha crest.
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, is the first Latina sorority in the nation. Our Principles are Unity, Love, and Respect. It was founded in 1975 by 17 Founding Mothers at Kean University in New Jersey. Traditionally, the role of the Latina woman was that of maintaining the family institution and falling into the realm of the Machismo stigma. As the Latino migration to the United States increased, so did the emergence of independent Latina women, eager to be at the forefront of an era of a new educational, political and social consciousness. 

In the early 70's, colleges and universities experienced an influx of Latino enrollment. With this growth, the need for support groups and outreach programs were at an all-time high, primarily for the low percentage of Latina women in higher education institutions. In 1975, Kean University in Union, New Jersey introduced and began to implement bilingual studies, as well as a Latino and Caribbean studies department. Women of Latin descent were now able to embark in Higher Education even if English was not their native language.  It was at this university, in this historical time period, that a group of women convened to discuss the formation of a sorority for Latina women. Its focus would be to actively integrate itself into the social, political and community service arena that other students had been involved with.

Lambda Theta Alpha was recognized at Kean University as the First Latina Sorority founded in the United States. This organization was the first to recognize the need for a support system, thus creating one. The desire to progress, dedication to their community, and the aspiration for the advancement of the Latina women marked the beginning of Lambda Theta Alpha. It allowed the independent Latina woman of a new era to have a sense of belonging and with that, achieve her highest potential. It would define a new role for the Latina woman, one with education, goals and vision in hopes of great success.

  • Nickname: Lambda Ladies
  • Colors: Burgundy and Grey
  • National Founding Date: December 1975
  • Chapter Charter Date: April 12, 2009
  • Chapter Events: Latino’s Stand Up, El Grito de Orgullo, Latino Youth Leadership Conference, Philanthropic Events and fundraisers.