About

Overview

Mission

To guide men on a lifelong discovery of authenticity and personal growth.

 

Vision

A world where Lambda men live authentic, fulfilling lives and contribute through the pursuit of their noble purpose.

 

Core Values

Authenticity: willingness to show our true selves to the world, despite the pressures and expectations that are placed on us by society.

Courageous Leadership: acting with integrity, especially in times of adversity, in the pursuit of a more humane and just world.

Cultural Heritage: ever changing values, ideas, and experiences of a people, transcending generations.

Love: care and respect for ourselves, our brothers, and our world.

Wisdom: pursuit of understanding and its positive application towards our lives and the world.

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.

 

Today, Lambda Phi Epsilon is widely renown as the preeminent international Asian interest fraternal organization, providing outstanding leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in the community.

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

Leadership

WilliamTan2016

William Tan
President
Rutgers University

KuanSu

Kuan Ren Su
Internal Vice President
Purdue University

JasonLau2016

Jason Lau
External Vice President
University of Toronto

JackyMan

Jacky Man
Treasurer
University of Massachusetts

VictorEm2016

Victor Em
Secretary
Stanford University

JoeVo2016

Joe Vo
Assistant Executive Director
University of Georgia

CharlesAndrean2016

Charles Andrean
Director of Alumni Services
California Polytechnic State University

BryanDosono2016

Bryan Dosono
Director of Communications
University of Washington

MarcusRegidor2016

Marcus Regidor
Director of Education
California Polytechnic State University

AndrewChen2016

Andrew Chen
Director of Expansion
Binghamton University

TonyTran2016

Tony Tran
Director of Operations
University of Houston

JoeLee

Joe Lee
Director of Programming
University of Chicago

Alumni
Communications Team
Expansion Team

ChristopherChen2016

Christopher Chen
Alumni Coordinator
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

BrendaDang2016

Brenda Dang
Director of Administration
University of Oklahoma (αΚΔΦ)

ColeHermida2016

Cole Hermida
Public Relations Coordinator
University of Massachusetts

JasonKang2016

Jason Kang
Expansion Coordinator
Boston University

DavidKim2016

David Kim
Expansion Coordinator
University of Texas, Austin

JustinLau2016

Justin Lau
Expansion Coordinator
St. John’s University

Education Team
Programming Team

JoeBaldock2016

Joe Baldock
Education Administrator
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

DucDoan

Duc Doan
Education Administrator
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

EvanWard2016

Evan Ward
Education Administrator
University of Oklahoma

JonathanWong2016

Jonathan Wong
Education Administrator
University of Oklahoma

BillyNguyen2016

Billy Nguyen
Event Coordinator
Pennsylvania State University

AlbertYang2016

Albert Yang
Event Coordinator
University of California, Los Angeles

Operations Team

MarvinSukkhiran2016

Marvin Sukkhiran
Mid-Atlantic Governor
Binghamton University

KentTse2016

Kent Tse
Midwest Governor
Purdue University

PeterChung

Peter Chung
Northeast Governor
Binghamton University

RyanNoble2016

Ryan Noble
Southeast Governor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

NamDoan2016

Nam Doan
Southwest Governor
University of Texas, Arlington

TylerMiranda2016

Tyler Miranda
West Coast Governor
Northern Arizona University



VictoriaChan2016

Victoria Chan
Director of Chapter Development
Syracuse University (ΚΦΛ)

YaserKazzaz2016

Yaser Kazzaz
Standards Chair
University of Houston



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.