Rho Lambda, the National Sorority Leadership Recognition Society, was founded
at the University of Miami as a local group in 1962 under the direction of Dean
Louise P. Mills.
In 1974, Rho Lambda received permission from the National Panhellenic Conference
(NPC) to become a national organization. Rho Lambda subsequently applied
to the Federal Government for a Title IX exemption to maintain its single sex status.
After receiving this exception, the members of the University of Miami Chapter corresponded
with Panhellenic associations across the country in hopes of sparking interest.
Commitment Forms and Constitutions were mailed to those Panhellenic groups that
expressed an interest and by the end of 1975, there were 20 chapters nationwide.
In 1987, Rho Lambda became international, colonizing at the University of
Calgary in Alberta, Canada. In 1998, Rho Lambda began admitting all sorority
women based upon minimum requirements; hence, membership was not limited to only
members of the NPC organization.
The Greek letters RHO LAMBDA stand for PANHELLENIC LEADERSHIP, respectively.
Those who are leaders light a torch in the darkness for others to follow, and the
flame is the symbol of Rho Lambda. Although membership was originally intended
for women whose organizations belonged to campus Panhellenics, any sorority woman
is now eligible for membership as long as she meets the membership selection criteria.
The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor those women within the sorority community
who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and service to their Greek
community and their sorority. They are women who have furthered the ideals and principles
of the Greek community throughout their years of sorority affiliation.
Adivsors: Sarah Hamby
Dean James McGhee
If you would like to be considered for Fall membership into Rho Lambda, please complete
an application before October 10, 2012.