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  • Official Name: Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, IncorporatedOpen or Close

    Some call it a myth, but the reality of Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc.’s herstory is that it lives profoundly in the hearts of the womyn who dare to take part in her story.

  • Founding Date & Institution: October 9, 1988 at Montclair State UniversityOpen or Close

    Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1988 by sixteen young, intelligent, and resilient womyn at Montclair State College now known as Montclair State University.

  • Sorority Call: SeaquinOpen or Close

    [See-a-quin]

  • Hand Sign:Open or Close
    LTOhandsign
  • Colors: Royal Blue and Light GrayOpen or Close
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  • Motto: Excellence through Unity, Knowledge and DedicationOpen or Close

    Womyn of all walks of life—including race, color, religion, orientation, political views, national regions, etc.—support each other in this colorful and multi-faceted organization. We believe that the challenges, struggles, and triumphs we encounter through our gender unite us as a force that can overcome all.

    Our lifelong journey in this Sisterhood begins at a college or university because Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. encourages the pursuit of knowledge through higher learning. In addition, the rich knowledge of our Founders and our history helps guide us into the shining future of our Sisterhood.

    We are dedicated to our vision, our cause, to each other, and to the goal of becoming outstanding, resilient, and superior women.

  • Philanthropic Focus: The welfare of childrenOpen or Close

    Children teach humans patience, compassion, humility and love - the essence of "Unity Among All Races", and because children are such powerful tools, the Sisters of Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. will forever strive to promote the socio-political and educational welfare of children.

  • Nicknames: LTO's, The MermaidsOpen or Close

    We happily call each other “Sisters,” “Linesisters,” and “Sorors” –when others refer to our Sisters, we most often go by “Mermaids” or “LTOs” … (i.e. the Mermaids are hosting a fundraiser!)

  • National Umbrella: National Multicultural Greek Council Open or Close

    www.nationalmgc.org
    The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) is an umbrella council for a coalition of Multicultural Greek-letter organizations (MGLOs), which was established in 1998.

  • Sorority Shield:Open or Close
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  • Mascot: The Enchanting MermaidOpen or Close

    Known as a mythical sea creature, the mermaid represents a symbol of wit, power, strength and femininity. Her mystery is marked by beauty and confidence known to cause enchantment, especially once given the opportunity to share her voice.

    Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. believes in the need for womyn to voice ourselves as a demonstration of knowledge, self-awareness and even power. With our wit and confidence, we believe we can overcome almost all obstacles that life introduces; and in essence, conquer the world; from Land To Ocean.

  • Membership: MulticulturalismOpen or Close

    Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. identifies herself as a multicultural sorority. Our Founders sought out to create an organization whose membership was open to womyn from all walks of life, with no discrimination based on ethnic, political or religious background. As such, membership in Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. reflects diversity and may not be denied on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, color, disability, age, or marital status.

    Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. embraces cultural individuality. In an ever-changing society, consisting of a myriad of cultures, it is our focus to uphold the traditions and beliefs that make up the uniqueness of our existence. In an effort to provide cultural awareness, Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. recognizes multiculturalism through educational and social programs on the national and chapter levels.

  • Emphasis: Womyn EmpowermentOpen or Close

    Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. is an entity of womyn who believe that we can accomplish anything once we set ourselves to achieve a goal. Self-actualization and independence are treasured qualities of the Sorority, which we deeply embrace and take pride in. Since the very beginning of the Sorority, we have upheld the concept of independence and we vow that Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. shall forever be an independent Sorority with no affiliation to any brotherhood organization.

  • Affiliation: IndependentOpen or Close

    Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. is an entity of womyn who believe that we can accomplish anything once we set ourselves to achieve a goal. Self-actualization and independence are treasured qualities of the Sorority, which we deeply embrace and take pride in. Since the inception, Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. began her journey alone and has vowed that Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. shall NEVER be affiliated with any fraternity.

    Decades later, we continue to pride ourselves on being independent womyn who will ALWAYS be independent womyn. Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. shall remain independent; We do not have a brother fraternity, but we have and will continue to build close working relationships with many. We have sponsored many events with fraternal organizations and will continue to do so.

  • Disclaimer: Womyn vs. WomenOpen or Close

    We, the members of Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. recognize that the orthodox spelling for the words “woman” and “women” contain the letters “a” and “e” respectively; as opposed to the alternate spelling used in modern times, which contains the letter “y” (womyn). The word “womyn” originated from the Old English word “wifman”, which means female human; however according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term “womyn” traces its earliest use to 1975, for a “womyn's festival" held by a group of feminists. During the 1970's, feminist groups started forming in efforts to fight for gender equality. Women's rights to vote, as we know, were not granted in the U.S. until 1920, yet for so many years, we continued being a subjugated group; recognized as a sublet of men. The kitchen/house has always been described as the place where women belong, and it wasn’t till the 1970's when we, as a gender, began speaking up; fighting for a voice and nonetheless equal rights.

    Feminism is described as the belief in the right of women to have political, social, and economic equality with men; and in being so Lambda Tau Omega Sorority, Inc. identifies herself as an entity of women who believes in the equal rights of women; therefore daring to adopt the use of the term, womyn. We do not, however, represent nor condone the oppression of the male gender in any way or form. Choosing to use such term is voluntary for our members, yet collectively, it is used as a representation of the pride we share in our own accomplishments and strengths as womynkind.

a sisterhood as deep as the ocean