The year 1975 saw the birth of what started as a vision; an idea of an organization, a sisterhood that would cater to the needs of Latinas and the universal woman. This vision became Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, the FIRST Latina sorority in the nation.
Where it all began . . .
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. Although this enabled and facilitated the educational advancement of the Latina woman, a huge void was left to be filled.
Still missing was support and equality; a constant reminder to these women that they were still the minority, and that their struggle for equality on every level had just begun. 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. Together, as a united front they could compete, collaborate and assist with any student run programs, thus making their voices as loud and profound as the majority voice; their concerns equally as important.
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 woman 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.
46 Lovely Years Later . . .
Now, 46 years later, we have seen the outcome of such an amazing 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, etc. LTA has also paved the way for many other Latina organizations, which would later pursue the empowering movement for which we set the trend.
Lillian Marrero - Lambda Angel
Aurora "Dory" Rodriguez
Maria del Carmen Vega