Lambda Alpha Upsilon

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Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc.
Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity National Crest.gif
Founded December 10th, 1985
State University of New York at Buffalo
Type Social
Scope National
Motto "¡Venceremos porque Nacimos para Triunfar!"
Colors Red, Yellow, White and Black
Chapters 14 undergraduate, 4 colonies, 3 alumni chapters, 1 alumni association
Fraternal Guardian Andean Condor
Headquarters 1162 St. Georges Avenue Suite #258
Avenel, New Jersey 07001, USA

Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. (ΛΑΥ or LAU, also known as Condors) is a Latino oriented Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity founded on December 10, 1985 at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Founding fathers[edit]

Lambda Alpha Upsilon was founded on December 10th, 1985 at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The sixteen founding fathers had a dream of uniting the Latino community and raising the awareness of Latino culture on their campus. Since then, Lambda Alpha Upsilon has continued to work hard to keep that dream alive. Through community service, educational and entertaining functions, Lambda Alpha Upsilon strives to perpetuate its Latino-oriented culture at the University of Buffalo and abroad.

The founding fathers represented various ethnic backgrounds, demonstrating the diversity of the Latin American community. In the fall of 1985 at the University at Buffalo, sixteen young men decided to form a support group that would provide a social and cultural outlet for students of Latin American descent. The university's Greek system lacked an organization dedicated to the needs of the Latino community. To meet those needs, the group chose to pursue recognition as the first Latino-oriented Greek-letter organization on campus.

The interest group searched for a reputable organization with which to affiliate, but did not find one to suit its needs. They then decided to create a unique fraternity, with its own principles and philosophies. The founding fathers knew that strength of character, and a common purpose are the foundation of successful institutions. This led them to create a fraternity based upon the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service to the community.

The founding fathers developed a set of goals, known as the Metas, based upon said principles. The Metas were meant to be guidelines to direct how the fraternity serves its community, and how Hermanos are to conduct themselves. The Rituals were designed to instill upon candidates the values, principles, and purpose of the brotherhood. Symbols were chosen to represent the strength and character of the fraternity. Moreover, the founding fathers were laying the foundation for the future of the fraternity, as it expanded to other colleges and universities.

The unity realized by these men became the foundation upon which the fraternity was established.

The founding fathers were:

  • Antonio Adorno
  • José Betances
  • Miguel Buitrago
  • Manuel Cáceres
  • José Chiu
  • Ronald Ellín
  • Daniel Figueroa III
  • Victor Gutiérrez
  • Justo León
  • Julio Martínez Jr.
  • José Núñez
  • Antonio Rodríguez
  • Daryl Salas
  • Manny Sánchez
  • José Soto
  • Simón Vélez

Metas (goals)[edit]

Lambda Alpha Upsilon was founded upon the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and community service. These principles are the guidelines by which the fraternity supports their mission within the community. These are expressed in the fraternity's Metas, or goals, which are the following:

  1. To unite the Latino community
  2. To provide a strong and solid base for Latino culture
  3. To support each other personally and academically
  4. To establish a network of professionals
  5. To expand our brotherhood to an international level
  6. To insure that the numbers of Latinos in education is ever increasing
  7. To enrich our environment with Latino pride and spirit

Lambda Alpha Upsilon believes that high standards, strength of character and a common vision promote the success of the brotherhood. That belief must be carried out through each member's personal and professional lives in constant pursuit of the realization of the Metas. It is the Metas that provide the path to success as the fraternity and its members continues to excel in every field of human endeavor.

Principles and purpose[edit]

"As Lambda Alpha Upsilon continues to develop, it has maintained its principles and purpose, for these are what distinguish the brotherhood and guide its members through their personal and professional endeavors. All these things can be combined to express one common belief. No matter what obstacles or difficulties stand in our way; '¡Venceremos Porque Nacimos Para Triunfar!' (We will overcome because we were born to triumph!) We are all given the opportunity to live a significant life and as such, it is our responsibility to leave our mark on society."[1]

Undergraduate chapters[edit]

Lambda Alpha Upsilon reserves the Lambda[2] chapter designation for deceased Hermanos. Iterations beginning with the letter Lambda are reserved for alumni chapters as described below.

The Beta Chapter of Lambda Alpha Upsilon was chartered on April 17th, 1993 when five outstanding Latino students from the Rochester Institute of Technology were inducted into the fraternity. These five men were Carlos Belen, Yankel Fernandez, Juan Flores, Rudy Rodriguez, and Jesus Ruiz. These Hermanos were initiated under the Alpha Chapter of Lambda Alpha Upsilon. Through their journey, they formed a bond within themselves, as well as within the fraternity, that would prove to be the foundation of a new brotherhood existing within the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Chapter School Established
Alpha State University of New York at Buffalo 1985
Beta Rochester Institute of Technology 1993
Gamma St. John's University 1994
Delta State University of New York at Oswego 1996
Epsilon New York City Technical College 1996
Zeta State University of New York at Delhi 1997
Eta State University of New York at Old Westbury 1998
Theta Southern Connecticut State University 1999
Iota University of Florida 2001
Kappa University of New Haven 2004
Mu University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2005
Nu West Chester University of Pennsylvania 2007
Xi University of Connecticut 2008
Omicron Central Connecticut State University 2009
Pi Syracuse University 2014
SUNY Binghamton Colony SUNY Binghamton 2016
SUNY Oneonta Colony SUNY Oneonta 2016

Alumni chapters[edit]

The alumni chapters of Lambda Alpha Upsilon consist of professional individuals, whom were inducted as undergraduate members and are established in the workforce or continuing their education while deciding to remain active within the fraternity. Lambda Alpha Upsilon officially recognizes the following alumni chapters:

Chapter Region Established
Lambda Alpha Connecticut 2005
Lambda Beta New York City Metro 2005
Lambda Gamma Washington, DC Metro 2010


The fraternity is a founding member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

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