||April 4, 1998
||University of Massashusetts at Amherst / Smith College
Arline A. Price
Cynthia R. Lopez
In the Spring of 1998, two illustrious women overcame all obstacles and established the ninth chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. with the support and guidance of Damaris Rosario, Maria Perez and Suzette Rivera of Gamma Chapter. The Founding Hermanas felt the need to bring a sorority which celebrated the beauty, courage and vitality of all women through the promotion of community service and Hermandad.
With all of the national divisions within the Latino community at the time, the Founding Hermanas sought to provide the women of the University of Massachusetts with an organization which broke national boundaries and celebrated the accomplishments of the Latino nation. In addition, the Chapter founders felt that other organizations did not adequately address the issues and unique experiences of Latinas and women of color as a collective.
The journey to Hermandad was a long one which initially began in the Spring of 1997 when nine women of diverse backgrounds united to research Greek letter organizations. After extensive searching, the professionalism and stellar reputation of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. stood above any competition and as a result, was the first Latina based Greek letter organization established at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and surrounding five-college area. In the fall of 1999, Smith College joined our family to help us better serve the five college area community.