Contact: Omar Nevarez, Director of Expansion



PARSIPPANY, NJ — The National Executive Board of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. proudly welcomes Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina as the newest institution to offer membership to our extraordinary brotherhood. The Fraternity congratulates the new colony’s six founding brothers:


#1 Omar Cossio

#2 Yerrison Cardenas

#3 Francisco Cerrilo

#4 Sergio Montesdeoca

#5 Luis Bryan Dominguez

#6 Juan Carlos Hernandez


These six men have worked tirelessly during the past year to bring Lambda Theta Phi to their campus, and in doing so, have created a lasting bond of Brotherhood that they will carry well beyond their college careers.

Johnson C. Smith University Colony is the 127th undergraduate entity of Lambda Theta Phi, it’s 4th in North Carolina, the first Latino fraternity at Johnson C. Smith University, and Lambda Theta Phi’s first entity at a historically Black college or university (HBCU).

The Brotherhood also wishes to recognize the brothers who devoted their time, energy and passion to expanding the reach of Lambda Theta Phi and the Latino Greek Movement. Thank you to Pledge Master Robert Valderrama (Gamma Iota Chapter, Fall 2011), Assistant Pledge Master Edward Gonzalez (Gamma Iota, Fall 2012) and the brothers of North Carolina Sector 1 for leading the six new brothers into the Brotherhood.


Founded on December 1, 1975 at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. is the first nationally recognized Greek-letter organization founded as a Latin fraternity. The membership of Lambda Theta Phi is open to all college men who support its values of scholarship, respect for all cultures, community service, and the advancement and fair treatment of Latinos in the United States. Lambda Theta Phi was the first Latin Fraternity to be recognized by the North-American Inter-Fraternity Conference (NIC), a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), and has over 140 Chapters and Colonies across the United States. More information about Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. can be found at

Related Links:

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: The First Latino Fraternity at a HBCU

Johnson C. Smith University Website: Johnson C. Smith University is the first HBCU to form Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education: Johnson C. Smith University Becomes First HBCU to Admit a Latino Fraternity Johnson C. Smith University first HBCU to Admit Latino Fraternity

The Bull’s Eye: Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. Makes History At JCSU

MyFoxTwinCities (Minneapolis/St.Paul): JCSU First HBCU to Welcome Latino Fraternity on Campus

MyFoxDFW (Dallas/Fort Worth): JCSU First HBCU to Welcome Latino Fraternity on Campus JCSU Students Form Latino Fraternity

The Charlotte Post: JCSU First HBCU to Admit Latino Frat North Carolina Establishes First Latino Fraternity at an HBCU [The Yard Report] The Week’s HBCU Headlines



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