A Hispanic fraternity and a Latina sorority are now part of LSU. Hispanic enrollment is the highest it's been in decades at nearly 900 students.
After 35 years of being off campus, Hispanic fraternity Phi Iota Alpha is back at LSU. It's something student Marlon Boutin said is much needed.
"There's an education need. We need to teach Louisiana about the Latin culture because it is embedded in Louisiana's culture; it's not just French," said Boutin, Vice President of Phi Iota Alpha.
The fraternity was reinitiated this past spring. With only four members, their main goals are recruitment and community service.
"We just helped freshmen move into their dorm rooms, welcomed them to LSU. Also, we're doing community service with the Latino community in Baton Rouge, seeing what they need," said Boutin.
Teaming with LSU's Hispanic community is Sigma Lambda Gamma, a national Spanish sorority initiated a little more than two weeks ago. Both organizations are open to students of all backgrounds.
"One of our principles is community service, and we are also involved with breast cancer awareness," said Marlie Quintero, Sigma Lambda Gamma member.
In addition to community outreach, the Spanish organizations are working hard to create awareness of tough issues prevalent in Hispanic communities. The most recent issue is immigration.
"Phi Iota Alpha and the Hispanic student culture society, we actually plan on having an immigration debate this semester in October,” said Boutin.
Although the Hispanic organizations do not have a house, the fraternity has a monument downtown, which serves as a reminder of the university's original Hispanic fraternity founded in 1904. The two organizations are the only Greek Hispanic organizations in the state.
The presidents of Honduras and Panama and two former Columbian presidents were students at LSU and members of the original Hispanic fraternity, Sigma Iota.