In the middle of the spring semester in 2009, Vincent Foster began to research his options for which fraternity to rush in the fall. Foster had been looking at various fraternities, but remained weary because of the reaction the brothers of those chapters would have to his sexual orientation. Vincent was openly gay and had reservations about hiding this for the sake of going Greek, so a friend of his suggested he just start a fraternity for homosexual men. With his interests piqued, Vincent conducted extensive research late into the night. Finally, he decided not to start his own fraternity, but to bring a previously established and nationally recognized fraternity to the University of Miami and that fraternity was Delta Lambda Phi.
Towards the end of the same semester, Vincent had called upon five other men, Joshua Gonsalves, Christopher Hardgrove, Alec Rivera, Matthew Rucker, and Alex Suvall, to join in this historic venture. During the following summer and early part of the fall semester, these men worked to gain recognition by the University of Miami administration, Interfraternity Council and the National Office of Delta Lambda Phi. On October 25th, 2009, the University of Miami Colony was formed and on April 20th, 2010, was voted into the Interfraternity Council, thus completing the requirements to be recognized by the university.
Under the supervision of their Colony Mentors, Brothers John Alvarez and David Dial of the Beta Delta Chapter at Florida International University, the founding members were inducted as the Alpha Pledge Class on October 15th, 2010, proudly sharing their founding date with that of the National Fraternity. The seven men finally became pledges, thereby forming the Colony of the University of Miami; they went to T.G.I. Fridays (a tradition that still lives on to this day) with their mentors and Brothers of Beta Delta to celebrate both the National Founding Day and their own.
Following a seven week Pledge education process, Brother Alvarez and Brother Dial introduced the new pledges to the Lambda Way. During that time, the colonists conducted their first service event, raising over four-hundred dollars for Pridelines Youth Services. Over the course of those seven weeks, the colonists developed not only closer bonds of friendship and Brotherhood, but also a sense of something greater; they began to adopt the Lambda Way. Finally, on December 5th, 2010, the Alpha Pledge Class was inducted as Alpha Neophytes of the Colony at the University of Miami.
Refreshed from the winter intersession, the colonists met many potential pledges during rush, but only seven received bids. On February 13th, 2011, the Beta Pledge Class was inducted into the UM Colony of Delta Lambda Phi.
Greek Week 2011 was the colony’s first large scale public appearance to Greek Life at UM and their debut was very successful. The Colony won first place in the Spirit Competition, second place in the Organized Cheer, tied first place in the blood drive and second place in Greek Week Overall.
The following year would prove to be the most exciting year for the Colony as the Beta and Gamma classes were inducted as Neophytes and the Delta class as pledges. Their chartering petition was approved by Delta Lambda Phi at the end of the Fall 2011 semester, meaning that at the end of the Spring semester, the University of Miami Colony would become a full-fledged chapter of Delta Lambda Phi. On April 28th, 2012, the UM Colony became the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi and all 18 colonists were finally initiated as Brothers.
Today, Delta Lambda Phi at the University of Miami is a force to be reckoned with. Each semester introduces new avenues for improvement and the 2013-2014 school year is sure to be our biggest year yet. DLP is an active member in the Greek community at UM and we work hard to improve our community as a whole. We have the third highest GPA among the IFC fraternities and are only moving up. We actively seek out interesting, unique, progressive men to join our ranks as true bastions of the Lambda Way. If you are interested in joining, please check out our Recruitment page. If you have any other questions, please visit our Contact page to send a message our way.