About Alpha Psi Lambda

Alpha Psi Lambda was founded in 1985 at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Since then the organization has grown to over 4,000 members, 41 collegiate Chapters and 9 Affiliate Chapters. The expansion of Alpha Psi Lambda to universities across the country extends its influence more and more each year.

We are a Co-educational Fraternity geared towards the goals of Latino students on university campuses. As the fastest growing minority in this country, it is becoming more and more important that the Latino community continue their education. This trend has also brought with it a need for cultural awareness, cultural identity, and cross-cultural understanding. As a result, there is an increased need for Alpha Psi Lambda for which we try to assist in the identity of our culture. This trend has been demonstrated by the growth of our Fraternity. 

While we are a Latino interest Fraternity, Alpha Psi Lambda has welcomed people from a broad spectrum of cultures across the globe. Alpha Psi Lambda stands as one family united. Our strength lies in our ability to focus on our culture while appreciating the diversity of others. 

The Latino culture is very strongly rooted in family and support, which allows Alpha Psi Lambda to provide those same roots to our Fraternity. Alpha Psi Lambda, to its members, is more than just a Fraternity; It creates that true family support, brotherhood and sisterhood, at a time in a student's life when it is most important. Our membership prides itself on the values of Familia, Culture, Academics, Service and Leadership.

A few of our 13 Founders

Our History - A Timeline

May 18, 1984
Several students attending a Hispanic leadership retreat noted a need for Latino organizations at The Ohio State University. An exploratory group, led by Dr. Josue Cruz, Assistant Vice Provost to the Office of Minority Affairs, was formed to research possible fraternities and sororities. After reviewing their findings, the group decided to start a new Latino Greek organization.

February 11, 1985
Alpha Psi Lambda was established at The Ohio State University.

March 10, 1985
Thirteen individuals were officially initiated as the founders of Alpha Psi Lambda.

"Los Primeros"
Diana Acevedo
Juan Casimiro
Carolyn Christian
James Cordero
Tammy Harris
Clara Isern
Marisol Lugo
Yolanda Natal
Saddy Rivera
Nancy Romo
Annette Saldivar
Annette Seda
Juan Vera

September 25, 1992
Alpha Psi Lambda was officially recognized as a National organization. 

Alpha Psi Lambda has grown to include 41 collegiate Chapters and 9 Affiliate Chapters with over 4,000 members. It is the Nation's First and Largest Coed Latino Fraternity.

At the 2020 National House of Delegates, Dr. Josue Cruz was officially recognized as an honorary founder of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. for his significant contributions to our organization.

Photo: Dr. Josue Cruz with members of Alpha Chapter at The Ohio State University, 3/11/1995.