Lambda Theta Phi, Fraternidad Latina, Inc., was founded on December 1, 1975 at Kean College in Union, New Jersey.
In September of 1975, Founding Father Agustin Garcia entered Kean College as a freshman. A politically active individual, he ran for a position on the Freshman Student Council and became the first Latino elected to the Kean College student government. A man of vision, he was concerned over the lack of unity among the Latino students and took it upon himself to unify the Latino Community at Kean.
From September to November of 1975, Founding Father Garcia reached out to all Latino students, irrespective of their ethnic background, in order to meet and discuss two major concerns: how to unite the different Latino groups on campus and how to encourage the Latino student community to become politically conscious and active.
On January 22, 2000, Brothers Angel Perez (Eta Chapter) and Gustavo Sagredo (Alpha Iota Chapter, Founding Brother) met with USC student, Carlos Soza, in front of Leavey Library at the University of Southern California to briefly discuss Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc. At the end of the meeting, Carlos would be handed an Informational Packet explaining the fraternity and its rich history, a documented which also be shared with his roommate, Roberto Merino.
Roberto Merino and Carlos Soza would later meet with
Brothers Sammy Aguilar (Alpha Iota Chapter) and Adrian Romero (Alpha Iota
Chapter) at the Spring 2000 State Wide Interest Group meeting held
at California State University, Long Beach. At this meeting, the Brothers further
explained the ideals of Lambda Theta Phi and the initial requirements to begin
the induction process, after which Carlos and Roberto were left with one goal
in mind: to form a USC Lambda Theta Phi Interest Group. Thus, the first
Lambda Theta Phi Interest Group at USC was formed, consisting of Roberto
Merino, Robert Vega, Carlos Soza, Xavier Hernandez, and Daniel Cisneros.
Throughout the completion of the Interest Group, the USC Interest Group met with other Brothers from various local chapters (Alpha Iota Chapter, Alpha Zeta Chapter, Beta Alpha Chapter) to gain a deeper understanding of the Fraternity and the Brotherhood they had read about in the Informational Packet. Within a short period of time, the Interest Group at USC completed the requirements and moved onto the Induction Process, establishing the Beta Lambda Chapter at USC on March 26, 2000.
By the beginning of the Fall 2000 semester, the Five Founding Brothers at USC were ready and determined to make Lambda Theta Phi grow on campus. However, they encountered some problems at first as they were not recognized as an official organization by the school. It was not until over a year later, in the Fall semester of 2001, that Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc., would be officially recognized by USC and as a part of the Greek System.