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Lambda Sigma Upsilon
Latino Fraternity, Incorporated
The official shield of Lambda Sigma Upsilon.
FoundedApril 5, 1979; 39 years ago (1979-04-05)
Rutgers University, Livingston Campus,
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
TypeCultural, Social,Academic, Professional
EmphasisCulture and Self-Actualization
ScopeUnited States
Motto"Latinos Siempre Unidos"
"Latinos Always United"
Colors Baby Blue   White 
SymbolA Taino Native
  • The Fellowship
  • ¡La Plena!
PhilanthropyH.I.V./A.I.D.S. Research and Awareness
Chapters74 Undergraduate
6 Alumni

  • The Upsilons
  • L-S-U
HeadquartersLambda Sigma Upsilon
42 Broad Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

Lambda Sigma Upsilon (ΛΣΥ) ("L-S-U" or "Upsilons") is a Latino oriented Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity founded on April 5, 1979 at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Lambda Sigma Upsilon has 74 active undergraduate chapters and 6 alumni chapters in universities and cities across the United States. The fraternity is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).


The concept of forming Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. began in 1978.[1] During the period of the mid to late 1970s protests and acts of civil disobedience became commonplace as students asserted their disappointment with Rutgers University, professors' tenure, national issues, and Latino student rights.[2] The protest became so fervent they began closing down institutions and buildings, specifically the Livingston Library[3] as well as Rutgers men's basketball games.[4]

As the acts of civil disobedience continued, students began to meet and be acquainted with each other from the protests. Some students were particularly upset with the treatment of Latino student interests and issues. A small group of these students began to meet at the Livingston Student Center and discuss the formation of an organization that would help students meet their goals and provide a family away from home. As the discussion continued, more men began to join the conversation eventually the group reached 20 members. Most of these men had met, at some time or another, during the protests or acts of civil disobedience, and thus shared common interests in the need for taking action to bring about positive change.


In the spring of 1979, after speaking for a number of weeks, these 20 students suggested that the group form their own brotherhood, a Latino Social Fellowship. These men decided that a Social Fellowship would best provide a support, focus, and family for the Latino community on college and university campuses. These men began to meet on a regular basis, holding their final meeting in Tillett Hall at Rutgers University, Livingston Campus on April 5, 1979, at which time Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Social Fellowship, Inc. was established.[5] The official motto of the fellowship was "Latinos Siempre Unidos" (Latinos Always United), thus the acronym "LSU". They effectively became the catalyst for change, and a vehicle for pertinent conversation regarding relevant issues between student and the university administration at Rutgers University.[6]

Founding Fathers[edit]

This photo contains 15 of the 20
founding fathers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon.

The twenty founders[7] of Lambda Sigma Upsilon are:

  • Jorge Ball
  • Felix Cabral
  • Jose DeLeon
  • Jorge Duthil
  • Raphael Equavil
  • Frankie Gonzalez
  • Luis Gonzalez
  • Nelson Gonzalez
  • Cesar LeDuc
  • Eleuterio "Junior" Maldonado
  • Julio Maldonado
  • Angel Melendez
  • Nelson Molina
  • Waldo Morin
  • Roberto Muniz
  • Alberto Rivera
  • Miguel Rivera
  • Osvaldo Rodriguez
  • Jose Sabater
  • Raul Torres


The 20 founders of LSU were men who believed that underrepresented groups, particularly ethnic minorities, at colleges and universities were not getting the attention or services needed to advance their academic successes. They created Lambda Sigma Upsilon to act as a support group for these groups, as well as to provide a family away from home. The founders developed four Goals[8] that would embody the purpose of Lambda Sigma Upsilon. These goals are:

  • Academic excellence
  • Cultural awareness and diversity
  • Being role models to the community
  • Brotherhood

From Fellowship to Fraternity[edit]

After the establishment of the Pioneros Chapter at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the brothers of this chapter saw certain difficulties in sustaining the chapter due to the organization's designation as a social fellowship. Not being designated "fraternity" disallowed them from participating in certain events as well as creating and hosting some of their own events and programs with the support of their institutions. They also saw great difficulty in their ability to promote the organization as many special rights were given only to "Greek" organizations. This eventually led to a debate within the organization surrounding the idea of changing the designation from "Social Fellowship" to "Fraternity". This debate centered on the idea of giving in to a "Greek" system that the founders of the organization originally sought to avoid. In the fall of 1987 a proposal was submitted by the brothers of Pioneros Chapter to the governing board of Lambda Sigma Upsilon. An organization-wide vote was held to change the designation and was passed, thus changing the official name of the organization to "Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity".


Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity is a Member of the National Greek council North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). NIC is a confederation of 73 men's college fraternities with over 5,500 chapters on more than 800 campuses throughout Canada and the United States. The NIC represents over 350,000 collegiate members and four and a half million alumni. Its volunteer leaders and professional staff serve fraternity leaders in university, government, and media relations.[9]

Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity is also a Member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO). The purpose of NALFO is to promote and foster positive inter-fraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education. Currently, NALFO consists of 19 different organizations.

National Chapters[edit]

Chapter Name College / University City , State Established
1. Taino Chapter Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick, New Jersey Est. April 5, 1979
2. Azteca Chapter William Paterson University Wayne, New Jersey Est. April 3, 1982
3. Zulu Chapter Stockton University Galloway Township, New Jersey Est. May 6, 1983
4. Monarca Chapter Montclair State University Montclair, New Jersey Est. April 4, 1984
5. Pioneros Chapter New Jersey Institute of Technology / Rutgers University–Newark Newark, New Jersey Est. December 13, 1986
6. Emperadores Chapter Kean University Union Township, Union County, New Jersey Est. December 15, 1990
7. Resistantes Chapter Ramapo College Mahwah, New Jersey Est. April 18, 1991
8. Almirantes Chapter Seton Hall University South Orange, New Jersey Est. April 18, 1991
9. Areyto Chapter New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey Est. November 28, 1993
10. Tikal Chapter Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania Est. April 2, 1995
11. Intocables Chapter Bloomfield College Bloomfield, New Jersey Est. April 14, 1995
12. Diamante Chapter The College of New Jersey Ewing, New Jersey Est. December 11, 1997
13. Mexica Chapter Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey Est. May 19, 1999
14. Ciguayo Chapter Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, New Jersey Est. April 1, 2000
15. Andes Chapter Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey Est. July 21, 2000
16. Xaragua Chapter Rowan University Glassboro, New Jersey Est. November 14, 2000
17. Kogi Chapter University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida Est. December 2, 2000
18. Aphrike Chapter Monmouth University West Long Branch, New Jersey Est. February 22, 2001
19. Cayuga Chapter Le Moyne College Syracuse, New York Est. March 4, 2001
20. Czar Chapter University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida Est. March 4, 2001
21. Jaguar Chapter Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania Est. March 16, 2002
22. Biaraku' Chapter C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University (LIU POST) Brookville, New York Est. March 24h, 2002
23. Seneca Chapter Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia Est. April 6, 2002
24. Mohegan Chapter Sacred Heart University Fairfield, Connecticut Est. April 25, 2002
25. Tekesta Chapter Florida Memorial University Miami Gardens, Florida Est. October 26, 2002
26. Kyodrowe Chapter University at Buffalo / Buffalo State College Buffalo, New York Est. November 9, 2002
27. Guarionex Chapter State University of New York at New Paltz New Paltz, New York Est. March 28, 2003
28. Cemi Chapter University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri Est. April 4, 2003
29. Terra Chapter Johnson & Wales University Miami, Florida Est. April 7, 2003
30. Coba Chapter Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pennsylvania Est. October 31, 2003
31. Abakua Chapter University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, Connecticut Est. November 20, 2003
32. Archias Chapter Syracuse University Syracuse, New York Est. April 18, 2004
33. Trovadores Chapter State University of New York at Old Westbury Old Westbury, New York Est. April 18, 2004
34. Aztlan Chapter Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas Est. March 26, 2005
35. Dakhil Chapter Binghamton University Vestal, New York Est. April 15, 2005
36. Qasid Chapter University of Georgia Athens, Georgia Est. April 1, 2006
37. Niantic Chapter University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island Est. April 8, 2006
38. Orinoco Chapter Rider University Ewing, New Jersey Est. April 8, 2006
39. Zawadi Chapter University of Delaware Newark, Delaware Est. April 8, 2006
40. Kahnianke Chapter State University of New York at Oneonta Oneonta, New York Est. April 15, 2006
41. Tenochititlan Chapter University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado Est. November 17, 2006
42. Aquila Chapter University at Albany, SUNY Albany, New York Est. December 1, 2007
43. Yucatán Chapter Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colorado Est. March 22, 2008
44. Copan Chapter Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, Pennsylvania Est. April 11, 2008
45. Yucayeque Chapter Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, Connecticut Est. April 26, 2008
46. Badachu Chapter Baruch College New York City Metro Chapter Est. May 1, 2008
47. Marabou Chapter Lynn University Boca Raton, Florida Est. August 1, 2008
48. Qing Chapter Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, Florida Est. November 25, 2008
49. Uman Chapter Lehigh University Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Est. April 18, 2009
50. Onyota Chapter Utica College Utica, New York Est. April 18, 2009
51. Serikon Chapter University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Est. April, 2009
52. Kalinago Chapter Barry University Miami Shores, Florida Est. April 29, 2009
53. Elysium Chapter Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, Georgia Est. April 16, 2010
54. Alkimia Chapter Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York Est. April 24, 2010
55. Lipan Chapter Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado Est. April 24, 2010
56. Wahati Chapter Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Est. May 15, 2010
57. Najem Chapter St. John's University Queens, New York Est. November 10, 2010
58. Seiryuu Chapter State University of New York at Oswego Oswego, New York Est. April 10, 2011
59. Zikhari Chapter Pennsylvania State University (University Park - Main Campus) State College, Pennsylvania Est. April 22, 2011
60. Pantheon Chapter Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Tifton, Georgia Est. October 27, 2012
61. Elegua Chapter DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana Est. November 10, 2012
62. Arcani Chapter University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado Est. November 26, 2012
63. Bajamaku Chapter Wheelock College Boston, Massachusetts Est. December 7, 2012
64. Maguana Chapter East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania Est. November 8, 2013
65. Quirigua Chapter Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pennsylvania Est. April 6, 2014
66. Equitatus Chapter State University of New York at Potsdam Potsdam, New York Est. November 1, 2014
67. Korones Chapter State University of New York College at Cortland Cortland, New York Est. November 3, 2014
68. Himalayas Chapter Emory University Atlanta, Georgia Est. November 18, 2016
69. Valhalla Chapter Indiana University Bloomington Bloomington, Indiana Est. April 7, 2017
70. Zumidas Chapter University of Massachusetts Dartmouth North Dartmouth, Massachusetts Est. April 15, 2017
71. U'Wa Chapter Lycoming College Williamsport, Pennsylvania Est. April 7, 2018
72. Delos Chapter Iona College New Rochelle, New York Est. April 13, 2018
73. Fukujin Chapter University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina Est. April 21, 2018
74. Taburasa Chapter The College at Brockport, State University of New York Brockport, New York Est. November 16, 2018
Coaybay Chapter Reserved for Deceased Brothers


Since 1979, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. (LSU) has been the first Latino fraternity to embrace the tradition[10] of stepping. LSU believes stepping is historically and culturally relevant to Latinos by paying homage to their Indigenous and African ancestry. LSU's step teams have competed in various competitions across the nation and won the first ever LatinoStep Summer Step Competition in 2002 and regained the title in 2008.[11] LSU is also the first Latino-based fraternity to compete against the traditional Greek-lettered African American organization the Divine Nine.

LSU placed first in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010[11] Silk Stroll Championship and other nationwide stroll competitions. From early on in the history of LSU, machetes have been incorporated in their step performances as they have special meaning and purpose to the fraternity. Although LSU's cultural identity symbol is the Taino, it has a consistent tradition of embracing and honoring indigenous peoples across the Americas and Africa such as the Aztecs, Zulu, Iroquois, Inca, Mohegan,and Mayans. The organization is commonly known as the most culturally diverse Latino fraternity in the nation.[citation needed]


  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity was noted for being a "catalyst for change, and a vehicle for pertinent conversation regarding relevant issues between student and the university administration" in the book Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities[6]
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity was founded by students for students.
  • In 1979 Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity became the first Latino Organization to step.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity is a member of NALFO.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity is a member of NIC.
  • In 1983, the Zulu Chapter, was founded by three African American Men at Stockton State College.
  • In 1999, LSU was established at Princeton University.
  • In 2002, LSU was established at Florida Memorial University, making it the first Latino Fraternity to be established at a private historically black university.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity was the first Latino organization to ever step against the Divine Nine.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity is said to be the most culturally diverse Latino Fraternity in the Nation.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity was the first organization to use cultural names and meanings to identify their chapters.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity was founded as a Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latino Social Fellowship.
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity have been labeled the "Kings of Stroll" as they have won the only nationally recognized National Stroll Tournament "Silk & Smooth" in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012. It should be noted they did not participate in 2008 and 2011.


Membership is open to all males enrolled at a college or university with or without an existing chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. Although a Latino fraternity, the word "Latino" is largely used to keep in sync with tradition. It is important to note Lambda Sigma Upsilon does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, parental status, or political affiliation.


Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Philanthropy.

After the passing of one of their founding fathers, Alberto Rivera in June 1989, due to H.I.V. / A.I.D.S. complications, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity has selected H.I.V. /A.I.D.S. research and awareness as its primary philanthropy.[12] The Fraternity participates nationwide in the donation of funds, cause walks, and informational programs towards the goal of curing, and creating a vaccination for, the disease. Lambda Sigma Upsilon has worked with the following H.I.V. / A.I.D.S. related organizations

  • NJ Hyacinth foundation[13]
  • AmFar-Leading National institution on AIDS research[14]
  • AIDS WALK NY[15]
  • Aid for AIDS International[16]

Although, Lambda Sigma Upsilon holds H.I.V. /A.I.D.S. as its main philanthropy, many chapters take on chapter philanthropies in addition, and the organization also continues to participate in many volunteer and community service work geared specifically towards under-served communities. Some examples of the programs with which Lambda Sigma upsilon Latino Fraternity has participated are:

  • Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC)
  • Neighborhood Relations Clean up
  • Adopt-A-Highway
  • Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis
  • Children's Wish Foundation
  • Soup Kitchen: Elijah's Promise
  • Family Shelter
  • LSU Meals on Wheels
  • Hurricane Mitch and Georges Relief Fund
  • Positive Latino Association (PLA)
  • American Red Cross

The Latinos Siempre Unidos Foundation[edit]

Latinos Siepre Unidos logo.

The Latinos Siempre Unidos Foundation[17] is a 501 c(3) non-profit foundation. It operates separate and independent of the fraternity. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide scholarships to Latinos,[18] as well as other minorities, enrolled in high school or college who has shown a commitment to leadership and education. The Latinos Siempre Unidos foundation also endows surrounding neighborhoods and communities with new prospects to further learning by supporting fiscally and physically organizations, groups, clubs, associations, and companies who show values in line with those of The Latinos Siempre Unidos Foundation. All donations to the organization are tax deductible.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Story". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  2. ^ "Students still protest-prone" Bangor Daily News Article August 12, 1981
  3. ^ Jaffe, Mark H. (28 May 1978). "Tensions on Rutgers Campus; in New Brunswick Are Easing" – via
  4. ^ Times, Special To The New York (26 February 1974). "Negotiations Fail on Rutgers Rebels; Effort to Avoid Discipline for Protest Fruitless" – via
  5. ^ "Formation". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  6. ^ a b "Brothers and Sisters".
  7. ^ "Founding Fathers". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  8. ^ "Our Goals". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  9. ^ "Affiliations". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  10. ^ "Traditions and Culture". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  11. ^ a b Greekster Official Recap
  12. ^ "Our National Philanthropy". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  13. ^ "Hyacinth AIDS Foundation".
  14. ^ "amfAR :: Home :: The Foundation for AIDS Research :: HIV / AIDS Research".
  15. ^ "AIDS Walk Community".
  17. ^ Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "LSU Foundation". Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated.
  19. ^ "The Latinos Siempre Unidos Foundation". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28.

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