A Greek and Latin Legacy

At the 25th anniversary celebration of the chapter on the Rutgers–Camden campus are, from left, Gabriela Gonzalez CCAS’19, Esmeralda Gonzalez CCAS’20, Heidy Estevez CCAS’19, Maryah Soto CCAS’21, Johangeliz Febo SNC’19, and Ashly Estevez Perez.

When Gabriela Gonzalez pledged the Rho chapter of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority at Rutgers University–Camden in fall 2017, she was following in her mother’s footsteps. Teresa Ramos, Gonzalez’s mother, was one of the founding members of the sorority’s chapter on the Rutgers–Camden campus two decades earlier. “I saw what LTA did for my mother since she was a founding sister of the chapter,” said Gonzalez, a resident of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, who graduated in January 2020 with an English degree. “I also wanted to become a voice for the Latin community through the organization.”

Gabriela Gonzalez, left, with her mother and Rutgers–Camden Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority sister, Teresa Ramos CCAS’94.

The sorority chapter has remained active since it was chartered on campus in November 1993. Ramos said the founding sisters met through the campus Latin American Students Organization (LASO). The administrative hurdles for establishing the sorority, which was the first of its kind on Rutgers–Camden’s campus, were not easy, but she is glad they persevered. “We all grew a lot from that experience and gained valuable tools we are still drawing from,” said Ramos, a social worker. “I am so very proud that the sorority is still going strong after all this time.”

The sorority won two 2019 Rutgers–Camden Greek Life awards: Chapter of the Year and Program of the Year. Ashly Estevez Perez, a senior urban studies major from Camden who is the current LTA president, said the sorority supports fundraisers for the national St. Jude’s Children Hospital and LUCY Outreach, a Camden nonprofit that supports local youth. These efforts and others bring the sisters together for a common good. “Our principles are unity, love, and respect,” Estevez Perez said. “We are committed to continuing the sorority’s efforts in behalf of social justice, cultural recognition, and personal growth.”

There are currently seven active sororities and six active fraternities at Rutgers–Camden, ranging from social and service-oriented to historically African-American, Latin, and multicultural organizations. For more information, visit greeks.camden.rutgers.edu.

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