Latinx @ UVA

Latinx @ UVA

Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Theta Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter strives for excellence at the University by developing a sisterhood that is based on the sorority’s principles of Unity, Love, and Respect. They have nourished a chapter that has provided countless social and cultural activities, as well as charitable and educational programs at the university and within the Charlottesville community.

Mission:

At the University of Virginia, the purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha shall be to provide a sisterhood based on unity, love, and respect in an effort to foster the development of strong leaders who will then provide and practice political, social and cultural activities. It shall also be the purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha to promote unity through charitable and educational programs, maintain a higher standard of learning and serve as a voice for all students.

 


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Lambda Theta Alpha was founded in New Jersey at Kean University on December 1, 1975.

The Gamma Alpha Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha at the University of Virginia was founded on April 29, 2001.

Founders:

Suhey Nevarez

Po Ning Soo-Hoo

Daniela Maria de la Piedra

Creation:

In September of 2000, several ladies who shared similar interest formed an interest group by the name “Sisters of Diversity.” The group’s express purpose was to research national sororities that offered opportunities for leadership, minority empowerment, community service, and, most importantly, a true sisterhood that was blind to color.  It was decided that one particular organization, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., best exemplified these characteristics.

Lambda Theta Alpha was the first sorority of its kind. The pioneering actions of the sorority’s Founding Mothers have allowed independent women on campus to feel a sense of belonging while providing a space to achieve their highest academic and professional potential. As a result, Lambda Theta Alpha has come to define a new role for the universal woman – one with education, goals, and vision in hope of great success.

In 1999, the enrolled first-year class at the University of Virginia totaled 2,924 students, 77 (or 2.6%) of which were identified as “Hispanic American.”  Observing that the organizations supporting the needs and voice of the UVA Latino community were limited at the time and that the Greek-lettered organizations catered mostly to White American and African American students, Suhey Nevarez decided to start a sorority at UVA that could unite not only Latinas but women of all backgrounds. Because of their perseverance and dedication, three ladies would proceed to establish the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha at UVA on April 29, 2001.

Efforts:

  • Since 2001 the “Gracious and Almighty” Gamma Alpha Chapter has continued to grow and strive for excellence at the University of Virginia.  The sisters have succeeded in developing a sisterhood that is based on the sorority’s principles of Unity, Love, and Respect and have nourished a chapter that has provided countless social and cultural activities, as well as charitable and educational programs at the university and within the Charlottesville community.
  • Proudly, the sisters of Gamma Alpha chapter embrace the organization’s motto “Latin by Tradition, Not By Definition.”   Our sisters come from various religious creeds and ethnic backgrounds, including but not limited, being from Puerto Rican, Ecuadorian, Chinese, Chilean, Peruvian, Native American, African American, Brazilian, Portuguese, White American, Irish, Mexican, Venezuelan, Bolivian, Panamanian, Belizean, Salvadorian, Cuban, Honduran, Guatemalan, Haitian, Trinidadian and Argentinean descent.
  • In addition, the ladies of Gamma Alpha have achieved a high level of success both while at the university and after graduation.  The chapter alumni are distinguished women who work and excel in prestigious professions within the legal, medical, science, sports, education and financial-sector fields.

 

Information collected through an interview with Valeska Silva (C/O 2019)