The first steps to establish the first Asian-American interest sorority at the University of Central Florida took place in October of 2002 when a special group, NEXUS, was formed. Spearheaded by Huong Van, NEXUS became a vehicle to create the first Asian interest sorority in the Orlando community. Two defining reasons motivated her to make this vision a reality.
"College is one of the most challenging, yet defining times in one's life; having an Asian interest sorority would be able to provide a great support system and a home-away-from-home. A second reason inspired me to become a charter - spreading Asian awareness on campus. Being the fastest growing minority group in the United States, Asian-Americans have not seen much inclusivity on campus. Working with the Asian-American clubs at UCF, I have witnessed the lack of understanding with our student government. Compared to other universities in the state, UCF is lagging behind in equal representation and funding. Having a presence in the Greek system will permanently weave the Asian-American community into the university infrastructure and will secure a voice for the under-served Asian-American students."
Her vision to charter a sorority of that caliber was soon shared by Charlotte Dang, Wilma Miranda, Kathy Beard, Kady Tran, Susana Chui, Linda Van, and Chaileen Dionisio. After almost three years of dedication, perseverance, and hard work, on May 13, 2005 these strong women became the Elite Eight charters of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated.