Who We Are

Created by University of Houston: Π Chapter


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


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 of Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity Inc.

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.


MR. JEFF KAKU                 MR. KEVIN SHIDA
MR. TED MIHARA               MR. FRED WONG

On 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.


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.

History of Lambda Phi Epsilon at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

IKON: The Inter-Kultural Outreach Network existed to further the intellectual, social, and ethical development of its members, as well as the members of the UMass campus community. Founded and guided under the leadership of principal founders, Jeffrey Cheng and Derek Truong, IKON became a diverse group of college students rooted in values such as social development, scholastic success, teamwork, leadership, personal growth and diversity.

The IKON interest group for Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded when there was a lack of unity between Asian and Asian-Interest organizations on campus. IKON felt that the Asian community needed a role model to provide this unity, to develop a vision not only for the individual Asian cultures, but a vision for the entire Asian community at UMass. To achieve this goal, they looked towards the example of Lambda Phi Epsilon to help become better leaders by instilling individuals with skills and abilities to inspire and motivate community involvement.

With the guidance of Hiram Chan from Alpha Alpha Chapter, the eleven strong willed charters whose personal values of leadership, scholarship, brotherhood and philanthropy aligned with the organization crossed at SUNY Binghamton on December 7, 2002. Founded by Robert Chan, Jeffrey Cheng, Andy Lam, Bao Nguyen, Mendes Olivier, Dave Pham, Hau Tran, Hung Tran, Derek Truong, Khoi Vo, and Richard Yau, they envisioned Lambda Phi Epsilon at UMass as gateway for both Asian American students and non-Asian American students alike to find common ground and learn how to become leaders among men. In 2010, our chapter was awarded Associate status as we continued to push and become the best fraternity we could possible be.

On May 25, 2014, after 12 long years, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst successfully gained an Active Status promotion, eternally being engraved into Lambda Phi Epsilon history as the Alpha Upsilon Chapter. The Brothers of Lambda Phi Epsilon at UMass carry on the tradition, honor and responsibility to work for their university, community and fellow students.

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Alpha Upsilon Chapter

Mission Statement

Lambda Phi Epsilon at UMass, like all chapters of LFE strives to 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 interest, 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.

Lambda Phi Epsilon is primarily a social fraternity. We strive to unite our community and university though social interactions. Lambda Phi Epsilon also provides a wide range of social experience to its members, in an attempt to promote and encourage personal social growth.

Philanthropy is an important aspect of Lambda Phi Epsilon. Giving back to the community is something we strive to do. The signature philanthropic event of Lambda Phi Epsilon is the annual registering drive for the Asian American Donor Program (AADP). This helps promote awareness for leukemia and other blood disorders, whose patients require bone marrow transplants. Their best hope for matched donors are those within their Asian community. The more people that register, the better chance of finding matches for those in need.

AADP is the fraternity’s national philanthropy, but it is also active in many other charitable causes from annual AIDS Walks to beach clean ups to cultural events promoting Asian awareness and diversity.