Lambda Upsilon Lambda

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Lambda Upsilon Lambda
Lambda Upsilon Lambda Crest.jpg
Founded Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Type Social, Academic, Professional
Scope National
Motto La Unidad Para Siempre
Colors  Brown   Gold 
Fraternal Symbol
Philanthropy P.A.T.H.E. Initiative
Chapters 82
Nicknames Lambdas, LUL
Headquarters 511 Sixth Avenue, PMB #39
New York, New York

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (ΛΥΛ or LUL) is a Latino-based collegiate non-profit social fraternity. It was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on February 19, 1982,[1] and has 68 active undergraduate chapters[2] and 14 graduate alumni professional chapters[3] in universities and cities across the United States.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda is the only Latino fraternity to be chartered at all 8 Ivy Leagues.[4] While founded on Latino principles, Lambda Upsilon Lambda has been open to men of all races since its inception.[4]

Founding Fathers[edit]

The fraternity's founding fathers are:[5]

  • William Barba – Sophomore Engineering
  • Dennis DeJesus – Sophomore Pre-Medicine
  • Hernando Londoño – Sophomore Engineering
  • Jesse Luis – Sophomore Engineering
  • Samuel Ramos – Senior Engineering
  • Tomas Rincon – Sophomore Engineering
  • Edwin Rivera – Junior Engineering
  • Mario Rivera – Junior Engineering
  • Victor Rodriguez – Senior Economics
  • Victor Silva – Sophomore Pre-Medicine
  • Jose Torres – Junior Pre-Medicine
  • Henry Villareal – Cornell Faculty Advisor
  • Jim Ziebell – Cornell Administrator
  • Angel Montañez (honorary)


Lambda Upsilon Lambda started out as an idea in the Summer of 1981 by Latino students who felt the need for more brotherhood, unity, and cultural expression of their Latino heritage on campus. During the Fall semester of 1981, after 4 meetings amongst Latino male students, a club named "La Unidad Latina" was registered with the university on September 15, 1981. This club would set the foundation for discussions to create a fraternity on campus. The next semester in January 1982, the fraternity was officially registered with Cornell administration. The next month an official initiation ceremony would take place that would make the fraternity's officially recognized founding date as February 19, 1982 with 13 Founding Fathers (11 undergraduates and 2 faculty members).[6]


Notable members of the fraternity include Manuel Natal Albelo, Fernando Ferrer, Arel Moodie, Ernie Pascual,[7] and Piri Thomas.[8]

Artist James De La Vega was a member, but was disaffiliated from the organization in May 2012.[9]