LTA Celebrates 45 Years of Sisterhood, Rooted in Purpose, Passion and Progress

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, January 21, 2021

NEW JERSEY – December 2020 marked a significant milestone as Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. celebrated 45 years of being United in Purpose, Passion and Progress. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Lambda Theta Alpha’s membership of over 7,000 came together to commemorate sisterhood by hosting a 17-day-long virtual celebration, further strengthening bonds across the nation.

Lambda Theta Alpha, the first Latina sorority in the country, strives to develop strong leaders that produce and engage in political, social, and cultural activities.

Events included a historical series, “Up Close and Personal,” where the Founding Mothers and First Line members shared insights about life in the late ’70s and ’80s and its impact on the organizations’ beginnings as community activists. The series also highlighted the progress and growth of Lambda Theta Alpha over the past four decades, including the expansion of over 175 established undergraduate and alumnae chapters across the US and Puerto Rico. National Committees and Task Forces led meaningful discussions on intersectionality, on-going civic engagement, and Lambda Theta Alpha’s path forward.

In turn, this momentous occasion was honored through two philanthropic initiatives to support the Lambda Theta Alpha Foundation and the Marine Toys for Tots Program, including the sale of commemorative items and a national toy drive.

When asked what the future holds for the sorority, Founding Mother Diana Ibarria stated, “Our vision has always been our mission. To bring our communities together, empower, uplight, and maintain a higher standard for our communities of color.”

“As the first Latina sorority in the nation, our membership of over 7,000+ has been relentless during the last 45 years in striving for meaningful change in their communities. Lambda Theta Alpha takes pride in our ability to provide a sisterhood based on our principles of unity, love and respect while supporting the development of strong, passionate women. This celebration was a wonderful opportunity to connect and support each other during these trying and unprecedented times.” says Alexis L. Richbourg, National President.

This 45th Anniversary memorialized the foundation set forth by the Founding Mothers and served as a celebration of triumphs and milestones over the last 45 years. To learn more about Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., visit

Nathalie Canadas, Vice President of External Affairs
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.


About Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Theta Alpha was founded at Kean University in 1975 as the first Latina sorority in the nation. Lambda Theta Alpha strives to develop strong leaders that produce and engage in political, social, and cultural activities. Based on the principles of Unity, Love and Respect, the Sorority was established for the unification of women through charitable and educational programs. Although Lambda Theta Alpha is Latin by tradition, the Sorority is inclusive to all women regardless of race, color, creed, sexual identity, gender expression, or religious beliefs.