The Phi Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. was founded at the University of Florida on the day of March 5th, 1995, as the first chapter in the south.
Led by Founding Brother John Sanchez, the nine founding brothers decided to expand the Conquistador Empire down to Gainesville, in response to the social segregation they found so overwhelming at the University of Florida.
Torn by the dilemmas of identity so common in young American-Latinos, the founding brothers came together in order to forge a family from each man's distinct identity, philosophy and heritage. Finding a common bond in the need for brotherhood, amidst an ethically divided campus in which a Black/White dichotomy prevailed, Hispanics were left with little choice but to assimilate or spend their college years marginalized and alone.
Instead of succumbing, the nine founding brothers chose to conquer. What would be conquered was both their campus and souls. No longer would Hispanics lack a fraternity of their own amidst so many Anglo and African-American Greeks. Now, Hispanic students would find pride, service, culture, and love amongst the Lambda brothers in brown, who literally wore "Latino" on their sleeves, and bellowed "A-LAAAAMBDAAAA!!!" for the world to hear, recognize, and respect.
To cultivate a spirit of brotherhood, to value an education, to promote unity among all Latinos, to be proud of and cherish our heritage, to assert roles of leadership, to develop character, to practice chivalry, and to serve mankind. In short, to raise the social and cultural conscience of the Latino college student
Kean College (now University) in Union, NJ
National Founding Date
December 1st, 1975
Chapter Founding Date
March 5th, 1995
Academics, Unity, Respect, Brotherhood, Culture and Pride
Brown and White
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
"Chivalry Above Self"