Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded at the University of California at Los Angeles 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.
Lambda Phi Epsilon continues to establish and perpetuate Brotherhood and fellowship among its members. Part of that Brotherhood is expressed in our motto "To be Leaders Among Men." We not only seek to bring together a diverse group of men who share interests, concerns, backgrounds and cultures, but who believe that the strength of many are forged into the power of being one.
Grounded on the principles of wisdom, honor, and courage; our Active Division continues to teach young men principles of leadership and strong moral character. Our Alumni Division then provides a forum in which brothers may apply these beliefs and become true leaders of society. It is that unique life long commitment to lead in every arena of life that makes "the Lambdas" the most respected organization of it's kind.
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.
Rapid 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.