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Lambda Theta Alpha
The crest of Lambda Theta Alpha sorority.png
FoundedDecember 1, 1975; 46 years ago (December 1, 1975)
Kean University
AffiliationNALFO (former)
ScopeUnited States
Mottos"Latin By Tradition Not by Definition"

"Universal Women. Redefining Sisterhood"

"Women there are Many, Ladies there are Few"
Colors  Burgundy and
SymbolLa Perla (pearl), La Concha (shell), La Luna (moon), y La Palma (Palm Tree)[1]
PhilanthropySt. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Chapters173 Undergraduate Chapters and 28 Alumnae Chapters
NicknameLTA, Lambda Ladies
PrinciplesUnity, Love, and Respect
HeadquartersUnion, NY

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (ΛΘΑ) is a Latina-based sorority, established in 1975 at Kean University by seventeen women of Latin, Caribbean, and European descent as a support system for women in higher education.[2] According to their website, Lambda Theta Alpha states that its focus would be to "actively integrate itself into the social, political and community service arena that other students had been involved with."[3]

The sorority was a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, and won recognition as Sorority of the Year from 2000–2001, 2002–2003, 2003–2004, 2009–2010, 2011–2012, 2012–2013 and 2013– 2014.[4][5]


Seventeen women came together to form the sorority and are recognized as the 17 Founding Mothers. According to their website, they are recognized as the first Latina sorority in the United States.[3] 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" or the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Saluting demonstrates unity and respect, while strolling demonstrates unity and pride. All these traditions are extremely respected and held dearly by the organization.[3]

Founding Mothers

Picture of Lambda Theta Alpha Founding Mothers and Line 1
Picture of Lambda Theta Alpha Founding Mothers and Line 1
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

National philanthropy

LTA and the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk
LTA and the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

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 St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, becoming the first individual Latino Greek organization to commit fully to the hospital's efforts.[6] LTA has pledged to raise awareness about childhood cancer and St. Jude in the Latin community, as well as fundraisers for the hospital through a variety of events and programs. Most chapters of the organization have a chapter philanthropy in addition to the national philanthropy. Completing a set number of community service hours at any organization for a good cause are required to join.[citation needed]


Designation School
Α ((Alpha)) Kean University
Β ((Beta)) Bloomfield College
Γ ((Gamma)) The College of New Jersey
Δ (Delta) Seton Hall University
Ε (Epsilon) Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Ζ (Zeta) Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Η (Eta) Fairleigh Dickinson University & Caldwell College
Θ (Theta) Rowan University
Ι (Iota) Rider University
Κ (Kappa) University of Connecticut
Λ (Lambda) Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico
Μ (Mu) Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ν (Nu) Montclair State University
Ξ (Xi) Manhattan College, The College of New Rochelle, & Iona College
Ο (Omicron) Upsala College
Π (Pi) West Chester University
Ρ (Rho) Rutgers University–Camden
Σ (Sigma) William Paterson University
Τ (Tau) Monmouth University
Υ (Upsilon) University of Maryland - College Park
Φ (Phi) New Jersey Institute of Technology & Rutgers University–Newark
Χ (Chi) University of Florida
Ψ (Psi) Central Connecticut State University
ΒΑ (Beta Alpha) University of Hartford & Trinity College
ΒΒ (Beta Beta) LeMoyne College
ΒΓ (Beta Gamma) University of South Florida
ΒΔ (Beta Delta) California State University - Long Beach
ΒΕ (Beta Epsilon) University of Pennsylvania & Temple University
ΒΖ (Beta Zeta) Loyola Marymount University
ΒΗ (Beta Eta) Texas A & M University - College Station
ΒΘ (Beta Theta) University of Central Florida
ΒΙ (Beta Iota) Arizona State University
ΒΚ (Beta Kappa) University of Maryland, Baltimore County
ΒΛ (Beta Lambda) Pennsylvania State University
ΒΜ (Beta Mu) University of North Texas
ΒΝ (Beta Nu) University of Texas at Arlington
ΒΞ (Beta Xi) San Jose State University
ΒΟ (Beta Omicron) University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
ΒΠ (Beta Pi) Eastern Michigan University
ΒΡ (Beta Rho) New Jersey City University & Saint Peter's University
ΒΣ ((Beta Sigma)) University of Miami
ΒΤ ((Beta Tau)) University of Buffalo & Buffalo State University
ΒΦ (Beta Phi) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ΒΧ (Beta Chi) Eastern Illinois University
ΒΨ (Beta Psi) Northwestern University
ΒΩ (Beta Omega) Wayne State University
ΓΑ ((Gamma Alpha)) University of Virginia
ΓΒ ((Gamma Beta)) Vanderbilt University
ΓΓ ((Gamma Gamma)) University of Tennessee
ΓΔ (Gamma Delta) Nova Southeastern University
ΓΕ (Gamma Epsilon) Florida State University
ΓΖ (Gamma Zeta) University of California, Riverside
ΓΗ (Gamma Eta) University of Houston
ΓΘ (Gamma Theta) Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
ΓΙ (Gamma Iota) Florida Atlantic University
ΓΚ (Gamma Kappa) University of New Mexico
((Gamma Lambda)) California State University, Fullerton
(Gamma Mu) University of Wisconsin–Madison
((Gamma Nu)) Emory University
((Gamma Xi)) Sam Houston State University
(Gamma Omicron) University of Washington, Seattle
(Gamma Pi) Florida International University
(Gamma Rho) Texas Tech University
(Gamma Sigma) California State University, San Bernardino
((Gamma Tau)) California State University, Los Angeles
((Gamma Upsilon)) California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
(Gamma Phi) Cornell University
(Gamma Chi) The University of Texas at Austin
(Gamma Psi) San Diego State University
(Gamma Omega) Georgia Institute of Technology
((Delta Alpha)) The University of Georgia
((Delta Beta)) Georgia State University
(Delta Gamma) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
(Delta Delta) University of North Carolina Wilmington
(Delta Epsilon) George Mason University
(Delta Zeta) Stony Brook University
(Delta Eta) University of Idaho
(Delta Theta) University of California, Santa Barbara
(Delta Iota) Middle Tennessee State University
(Delta Kappa) St. John’s University (New York)
((Delta Lambda)) West Virginia University
(Delta Mu) Western Illinois University
(Delta Nu) Loyola University Chicago
(Delta Xi) Lewis Clark State College
((Delta Omicron)) University of California, Berkeley
(Delta Pi) University of Delaware
(Delta Rho) University of California, Los Angeles
(Delta Sigma) Texas Wesleyan University
(Delta Tau) San Francisco State University
((Delta Upsilon)) Lehigh University
(Delta Phi) University of Southern California
(Delta Chi) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
((Delta Psi)) Towson University
(Delta Omega) California State University, Northridge
((Epsilon Alpha)) Kennesaw State University
((Epsilon Beta)) University of Chicago
(Epsilon Gamma) University of Illinois at Chicago
((Epsilon Delta)) DePaul University
EE - Epsilon Epsilon Eastern Washington University
EZ - Epsilon Zeta University of Vermont
Epsilon Eta Villanova University
Epsilon Theta East Carolina University
EI - Epsilon Iota Humboldt State University
(Epsilon Kappa) University of Arizona
(Epsilon Lambda) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
(Epsilon Mu) SUNY Oneonta
(Epsilon Nu) North Carolina State University
(Epsilon Xi) California State University, Fresno
(Epsilon Omicron) Binghamton University – State University of New York
(Epsilon Pi) Michigan State University
(Epsilon Rho) Texas Christian University
(Epsilon Sigma) University of California Irvine
(Epsilon Tau) Lewis University
(Epsilon Upsilon) University of California, Davis
(Epsilon Phi) University of North Carolina, Charlotte
(Epsilon Chi) University of California, Santa Cruz
(Epsilon Psi) State University of New York, Albany
(Epsilon Omega) University of Memphis
(Zeta Alpha) Virginia Commonwealth University
(Zeta Beta) University of West Georgia
(Zeta Gamma) Iowa State University
(Zeta Delta) Boise State University
(Zeta Epsilon) Syracuse University
(Zeta Zeta) California State University, East Bay
(Zeta Eta) Idaho State University
(Zeta Theta) Johnson C. Smith University
(Zeta Iota) Heritage University
(Zeta Kappa) State University of New York at Plattsburgh
(Zeta Lambda) Western Michigan University
(Zeta Mu) Duke University
(Zeta Nu) Hofstra University
(Zeta Xi) University of Missouri
(Zeta Omicron) Southern Illinois University Carbondale
(Zeta Pi) Salisbury University
(Zeta Rho) University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
(Zeta Sigma) Washington State University
(Zeta Tau) Aurora University
(Zeta Upsilon) Northern Illinois University
(Zeta Phi) Denison University
(Zeta Chi) University of Northern Colorado
(Zeta Psi) California State University Dominguez Hills
(Zeta Omega) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(Eta Alpha) University of Northern Iowa
(Eta Beta) SUNY Cortland
(Eta Gamma) University of California, San Diego
(Eta Delta) Sacramento State University
(Eta Zeta) Stephen F. Austin State University
(Eta Eta) George Washington University

Alumnae Chapters
Designation City
Alpha Alpha New Brunswick, New Jersey
Alpha Beta Hartford, Connecticut
Alpha Gamma Austin, Texas
Alpha Delta Silver Spring, Maryland
Alpha Epsilon New York, New York
Alpha Zeta Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Alpha Eta Los Angeles, California
Alpha Theta Seattle, Washington
Alpha Iota Nashville, Tennessee
Alpha Kappa Madison, Wisconsin
Alpha Lambda Chicago, Illinois
Alpha Mu Detroit, Michigan
Alpha Nu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alpha Xi Alexandria, Virginia
Alpha Omicron Phoenix, Arizona
Alpha Pi Boston, Massachusetts
Alpha Rho Raleigh, North Carolina
Alpha Sigma Atlanta, Georgia
Alpha Tau Albuquerque, New Mexico
Alpha Upsilon Orlando, Florida
Alpha Phi Dallas, Texas
Alpha Chi San Francisco, California
Alpha Psi Denver,Colorado
Alpha Omega Paterson, New Jersey
Alpha Alpha Alpha Houston, Texas
Alpha Alpha Beta San Diego, California
Alpha Alpha Gamma Atlantic City, New Jersey
Alpha Alpha Delta Charlotte, North Carolina
Alpha Alpha Epsilon Tri-Cities, Washington


  1. ^ "Lambda Theta Alpha". Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Home page". Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "History". Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  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.