About

Overview

Mission

Lambda Phi Epsilon’s vision is to become the preeminent international Asian interest fraternal organization, providing outstanding leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in the community.

 

Vision

The mission of the organization is to promote Lambda Phi Epsilon and its brothers by:

  • Developing active members to become leaders through training and hands-on experience, to advance personal growth, and to achieve academic excellence.
  • Perpetuating leadership of our alumni members in the community, creating opportunities, and encouraging the spirit of fellowship.
  • Promoting positive Asian American awareness and providing the highest level of philanthropy in the community.

History

Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded on February 25, 1981 by a group of nineteen dedicated men led by principal founder Mr. Craig Ishigo. Hoping to transcend the traditional boundaries of national origins, the founders aimed to create an organization that would set new standards of excellence within the Asian American community, develop leaders within each of the member’s respective community, and bridge the gaps between those communities. While the initial charter was comprised of Asian Pacific Americans, the brotherhood was open to all who were interested in supporting these goals. Mr. Craig Ishigo and Mr. Darryl L. Mu signed the charter as President and Vice President, respectively.

 

UCLAOn May 28th, 1990, the fraternity, now with six chapters total, convened on the campus of the University of California, Irvine for the first annual National Convention, which to this day has been held regularly over Memorial Day weekend. A national governing body was established to oversee the development of individual chapters and the fraternity as a whole, with Mr. Robert Mimaki, Mr. Eric Naritomi, and Mr. Doug Nishida appointed as National President, Northern Governor and Southern Governor, respectively. On September 8th, 1990, Lambda Phi Epsilon reached another milestone and became the first and only nationally recognized Asian American interest fraternity in the United States with the admission to the National Interfraternity Conference. In 2006, Lambda Phi Epsilon joined the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association to increase collaboration and partnership between fellow APIA Greek organizations.

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FoundersThe nineteen Founding Fathers of Lambda Phi Epsilon are: Mr. Hunter Chang, Mr. Randy Fujimoto, Mr. John Hanvey, Master Craig Ishigo, Mr. Jeff Kaku, Mr. Bobby Kawai, Mr. Dean Kumagawa, Mr. Jim Lee, Mr. Bruce Mau, Mr. Ted Mihara, Mr. Neil Miyazaki, Mr. Darryl L. Mu, Mr. Kelvin Sakai, Mr. Kevin Shida, Mr. Albert Sun, Mr. Weyton Tam, Mr. Jamie Watanabe, Mr. Bennet Wong, Mr. Fred Wong.

StrollRapid expansion followed throughout the 1990s. Chapters were chartered across the nation through interest groups such as those at the State University of New York, Buffalo and the University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor, leading to the fraternity having a notable presence in all major regions of the country. After becoming a California non-profit organization and incorporating in 1995, the fraternity changed its official name to Lambda Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, Inc. The next decade brought the fraternity international status with the formation of a chapter at the University of Toronto in 2004, making it the first Asian interest fraternity established in Canada. With the organization’s rapid expansion across North America thus far, the national officer corps has begun to revitalize and refocus the efforts of individual chapters and the fraternity as a whole to better reflect its size and influence in the Asian community through academics, leadership, brotherhood, and service.

Motto

Leaders Among Men

Colors

Royal Blue and White

Mascot

Dragon

Nicknames

Lambdas, LPhiE, 人中王

Founding Date

February 25, 1981

Founding Campus

University of California Los Angeles

Fraternal Scope

International

Fraternal Classification

Social and Service

Philanthropy

PhilanthropyLambda Phi Epsilon works with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) to save the lives of patients requiring bone marrow transplants. Additionally, the fraternity promotes awareness for leukemia and other blood disorders. Individuals who suffer from these types of illnesses depend on donors with similar ethnic backgrounds to find compatible bone marrow matches. Thus, the fraternity aims to register as many committed donors to the cause through local #BeTheMatch campaigns to increase the chances for patients to find a life-saving a donor.

 

In 1995, Evan Chen, a member of Theta Chapter at Stanford University, was diagnosed with leukemia. Their chapter, along with Evan’s friends, organized a joint effort to find a bone marrow donor. What resulted was the largest bone marrow typing drive in the history of the NMDP and Asian American Donor Program (AADP). In a matter of days, over two thousand people were typed into the bone marrow registry. A match was eventually found for Evan, but unfortunately by that time the disease had taken its toll on him and he passed away in 1996. In Evan’s memory, the national philanthropy for Lambda Phi Epsilon was established and the fraternity has been working with the organization from that point forward.

 

Every Lambda Phi Epsilon chapter works with non-profit organizations such as AADP, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, and the Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation to hold marrow typing drives on their campuses to encourage Asians and other minorities to register as committed bone marrow/stem cell donors. Since the fraternity’s inception, Lambda Phi Epsilon has educated thousands of donors to commit to saving the life of a patient in need.

CultureAs the premier Asian-interest fraternal organization, Lambda Phi Epsilon chapters drive causes that strengthen the Asian American voice within their communities and universities. Chapters often collaborate alongside ethnic student groups on and off campus to promote Asian American culture. Throughout the year, our members also engage in local service activities as well as regional service events, where all members from different chapters come together to make a greater impact. These charitable philanthropic events include cleaning trash from adopted streets, serving food to the homeless, rehabilitating ecosystems, and tutoring underprivileged children. To date, the countless hours dedicated to serving others by the earned Lambda Phi Epsilon both recognition and a positive image from the greater community at large.

NAPAThe National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA) and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) and Active Minds have partnered to bring mental health education and awareness to Asian and Asian-American students on college campuses. Through the Friends DO Make a Difference initiative, collegiate chapters of NAPA will have access to programming and resources to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking in a community that may face cultural and language barriers when accessing treatment. The campaign includes materials with imagery and messaging targeting the APIA student audience.

Leadership

PhiNguyen

Phi Nguyen
Chairman
University of California, Santa Cruz

WilsonTam

Wilson Tam
Vice Chairman
St. Johns University

RobertChan

Robert Chan
Director
University of Massachusetts

RichardTran

Richard Tran
Director
University of California, Los Angeles

PaulNguyen

Paul Nguyen
Director
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

AlexanderWong

Alexander Wong
Director
Boston University

CharlesAndrean

Charles Andrean
President
California Polytechnic State University

WilliamTan

William Tan
VP of Education
Rutgers University

JoeVo

Joe Vo
VP of Operations
University of Georgia

JasonLau

Jason Lau
VP of External Affairs
University of Toronto

ChristopherChen

Christopher Chen
VP of Expansion
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

DavidQuach

David Quach
Secretary
McMaster University

EvanLim

Evan Lim
West Coast Governor
California Polytechnic State University

TonyTran

Tony Tran
Southwest Governor
University of Houston

BillyLau

Billy Lau
Midwest Governor
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

AndrewChen

Andrew Chen
Mid-Atlantic Governor
Binghamton University

JackyMan

Jacky Man
Northeast Governor
University of Massachusetts

BenjaminMiller

Benjamin Miller
Southeast Governor
Florida State University

GeorgePai

George Pai
West Coast Region
University of California, Los Angeles

MatthewChan

Matthew Chan
Southwest Region
University Texas, Austin

JohnLipari

John Lipari
Midwest Region
Northwestern University

AlvinPhun

Alvin Phun
Northeast Region
University of Toronto

JasonYi

Jason Yi
Southeast Region
Rutgers University

AndrewDao

Andrew Dao
Education Administrator
Stanford University

JohnDo

John Do
Education Administrator
University of Texas, Arlington

JoshuaWells

Joshua Wells
Education Administrator
Stanford University

ToubeeYang

Toubee Yang
Education Administrator
Michigan State University

JasonKang

Jason Kang
Alumni Relations
Boston University

RamonQiu

Ramon Qiu
Events Coordinator
Stanford University

CalebCee

Caleb Chen
Public Relations
University of Virginia

BryanDosono

Bryan Dosono
Public Relations
University of Washington

MinhLai

Minh Lai
Human Resources
University of Oklahoma

DavidMac

David Mac
Philanthropy Chair
University of California, Davis

NickMoon

Nick Moon
Standards Chair
University of Georgia