JHU Lambda Phi Epsilon, Asian influenced American Fraternity

Lambda Phi Epsilon is an Asian interest fraternity established in the beginning of the 1980s. It first began as a fraternity of 19 individuals all belonging to the Asian community and with the aim of transcending boundaries set by one’s national origin. Everyone who had the same goals and interests as the fraternity was able to enroll and take part at its actions. The fraternity wanted to develop leaders within the Asian communities that were members of the brotherhood and to link them together as a means to bridge the gaps that existed between these communities.

Initially, only Asia Pacific American individuals could join, but over time the rules got more permissive and allowed every individual to participate. Over 10 years, thus in the 1990s, the brotherhood reached six chapters whose meetings were held in the campus of the University of California. In the same period of time, the fraternity had established a governing body as a need to supervise the activity of the growing number of individual chapters and the brotherhood in its complete form. In the beginning of the 1990s, the Lambda Phi Epsilon was recognized as the first and the only Asian American interest fraternity in America. This recognition was put in stone by its admission to the National Interfraternity Conference of the United States. By the end of the 1990s the fraternity had grown to such an extent that it had chapters across the United States from New York to Ann-Arbor in the University of Michigan. In the mid 1990s, the fraternity became a nonprofit organization and it changed its name in Lambda Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, Inc. moreover, in mid 2000s the fraternity expanded again, but this time in Canada, Toronto.

Ever since the beginning the vision of this Asian American fraternity had been to become a visible and prominent international Asian interest fraternity that could make a difference within its own community in terms of providing leadership, advocacy and philanthropy. The organization had the mission to promote itself and its members by developing active members who would at some point in time become outstanding leaders. This was meant to be performed through intensive training and experience with the aim of achieving academic excellence and personal growth. Nevertheless, the mission of the fraternity was to provide the Asian American awareness in a positive way and to encourage the spirit of fellowship while perpetuating leadership within the community.

Fraternities are certainly a way of gathering people with the same interests and making a change for their community. This Asian brotherhood had in mind the goals that every fraternity has and that is to promote the positive image of a certain community and to make a difference for that community.