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Lambda Theta Alpha
Founded December 1975
Kean University
Type Academic
Scope National
Motto Unity, Love and Respect
Colors Burgundy and Grey
Philanthropy F.U.T.U.R.O. Program
Chapters Undergraduate Chapters: 108, Graduate Chapters: 7, Alumni Chapters:11
Principles Unity, Love and Respect

The idea for Lambda Theta Alpha (ΛΘA) came in the early 70's, when 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.

Change would come to Kean University in 1975. What started as a vision - an idea of an organization and a sisterhood that would cater to the needs of Latinas and the universal woman- became a reality. Due to the tremendous strides made by Lambda Theta Alpha's seventeen Founding Mothers of Latin, Caribbean and European descent, this dream was actualized, and took form as the entity Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated - the first Latina sorority in the nation.

Now, 34 years later, universities and communities across the country have seen the outcome of such an organization. Lambda Theta Alpha has contributed to the advancement of all people by helping to produce educated women of many races, ethnicities, and creeds. These women are political leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants- professionals paving the way for other women like themselves. Lambda Theta Alpha has also paved the way for many other Latina organizations, which would later pursue the empowering movement that Lambda Theta Alpha set the trend for. From 1975 to date, Lambda Theta Alpha has upheld its purpose and mission, each day realizing the Founding Mothers' dreams that it may serve as a quintessential trailblazer for all women, as Lambda Ladies are "Latin by Tradition, not by Definition".



According to the sorority's national website:[1]

The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha shall be to provide a sisterhood based on Unity, Love, & Respect. To develop strong Leaders who will then provide and practice political, social and cultural activities. To promote Latino Unity through charitable and educational programs. To maintain a high standard of learning and serve as a voice for all Latino students.

Founding Mothers

The fulfillment of their vision--to establish a sisterhood based on Unity, Love and Respect--became a vehicle for the education, professional development, and empowerment of all women. The founding mothers of Lambda Theta Alpha remain active within the organization proving the sisterhood of Lambda Theta Alpha is for life.

The seventeen founding mothers of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated are:[2]

  • Ileana Almaguer
  • Cecilia Alvarez
  • Carmen Baez
  • Karen Capra
  • Doris Cruz
  • Arlene Fernandez
  • Eneida Figueroa
  • Maria Gautier
  • Teresa Gonzalez
  • Dr.Thomasa Gonzalez
  • Diana Ibarria
  • Lilian Marrero
  • Ofelia Oviedo
  • Linda Perez
  • Aurora "Dory" Rodriguez
  • Maria del Carmen Vega
  • Marilyn Wyatt


Undergraduate Chapters

Graduate Chapters

  • Alpha Alpha Graduate Chapter - New Jersey
  • Alpha Beta Graduate Chapter - Connecticut
  • Alpha Gamma Graduate Chapter - Texas
  • Alpha Delta Graduate Chapter - Maryland
  • Alpha Epsilon Graduate Chapter - New York
  • Alpha Zeta Graduate Chapter - Florida
  • Alpha Eta Graduate Chapter - California

Alumnae Chapters


  1. ^ "Lambda Theta Alpha mission statement". 
  2. ^ Lambda Theta Alpha founders

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