In the Spring of 1998, a group of women began to look into starting an organization on the UMBC campus that would provide a unifying voice for all minority women, especially Latinas. An organization that would enable them to serve the growing Latino community in Baltimore, and that would educate the campus on the Latino culture. That year Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. was introduced to them.
In the Fall of 1998, this group of women came together and worked towards establishing a chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha at UMBC. In November, they were recognized as an official interest group of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. As interests, this group worked together to organize fundraisers on campus and participate in community service projects such as the MS Walk and EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach). Through their hard work and dedication the interest group was recognized on campus by such organizations as the SGA, the Hispanic-Latino Student Union, and the Pan-Hellanic Council.
In the Spring of 1999, the Beta Kappa Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. was born.
Now you may ask why did they choose a sorority, and of all of them why Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.? The answer is plain and simple…..
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. has been paving the way for all minority women, especially Latinas, since 1975! And with the principles that our founding mothers established and the bond of sisterhood that can never be broken, the Beta Kappa Chapter has continued to pave the way at UMBC. Beta Kappa Chapter is the first Latino Greek lettered organization to be founded and recognized at UMBC. Beta Kappa Chapter is the first latin sorority to become associate members of the Pan-Hellanic council at UMBC and to hold positions on the executive board. Beta Kappa Chapter is the first chapter of any latin sorority to be established in the Baltimore area.
Since the day that these remarkable women entered the sisterhood, they have worked hard to educate the UMBC campus about the Latino culture and about their organization. They have participated in a wide array of community projects such as the AIDS walk, the MS walk, Middle School Madness, and Entre Mujeres, to name just a few. They have coordinated and co-sponsored numerous educational and social programs such as En Fuego, Treasure Chest, Stress Release and Time Management workshops. They have also worked closely with various organizations on campus such as the Women's Center, the Peer Health Educator's, and the Hispanic- Latino Student Union.
Lambda Theta Alpha Siempre en Mi Corazon!