Lambda Theta Alpha
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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. 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."
|Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated|
|Founded||December 1, 1975|
|Mottos||"Latin By Tradition Not by Definition"
"Universal Women. Redefining Sisterhood""Women there are Many, Ladies there are Few"
|Symbol||La Perla (pearl), La Concha (shell), La Luna (moon), y La Palma (Palm Tree)|
|Philanthropy||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
|Chapters||144 Undergraduate Chapters and 26 Alumnae Chapters|
|Nickname||LTA, Lovely Lambda Ladies|
|Principles||Unity, Love, and Respect|
|Headquarters||Union, New Jersey|
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.
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. 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.
|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|
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. 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.
(Zeta Omega) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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