Mu Sigma Upsilon
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|Mujeres Siempre Unidas, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sorority Inc.|
|Founded||November 21, 1981
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Type||Non profit organization|
|Motto||Mujeres Siempre Unidas
Women Always United
|Symbol||Amazon Woman, strong, fierce and independent|
|Publication||The Amazonian |
|Philanthropy||The Girl Effect|
|Headquarters||New Brunswick, New Jersey|
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Incorporated (ΜΣΥ) is the first multicultural sorority associated with the National Multicultural Greek Council. It is a non-profit Greek letter organization of college-educated women committed to academics, unification of all women and the services for their communities and universities.
By the beginning of the 1980s, more and more women from culturally diverse backgrounds were pursuing college degrees. Five women came together and decided to create a support system for these women, a student organization that would celebrate diversity and foster progress for years to come. These five women founded Mu Sigma Upsilon, with the intent to unify women while observing their differences.
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated was founded on November 21, 1981, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, as a Multicultural Greek Letter Society, and celebrating our diverse sisterhood for more than 33 years. The founders were five sophisticated women determined to establish an organization that brought together all women. It was their limitless vision that enabled these determined women to break down the barriers and build the bridges that connected women from all different parts of the world. Hence, our motto “Mujeres Siempre Unidas” or “Women Always United.”
Today Mu Sigma Upsilon has grown to a membership of hundreds of women with recognized chapters reaching from Connecticut all the way across to Texas and expanding rapidly. Although the 21st century poses different challenges for college women, one thing remains the same – Mu Sigma Upsilon is still a home away from home for all its sisters and together, women can do more than they ever thought possible.
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. was originally founded as a Social Fellowship on November 21, 1981 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. The founders were five women determined to establish an organization that brought together all women. It was their limitless vision that enabled these determined women to break down the barriers and build the bridges that connected these women. Hence, their motto "Mujeres Siempre Unidas," or "Women Always United. As the years went by, the members of Mu Sigma Upsilon saw many Greek organizations emerging on university campuses and decided to become a Greek lettered organization.
The five Founding Mothers of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. are:
- Eve Bracero
- Lillian Sierra
- Karinee Candelario
- Ruth Gonzalez
- Sylvia Vigo
MSU has grown to a membership of hundreds of women with chapters in 14 states across the country including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C, Nebraska, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Colorado.
In 1990, the founding mothers saw the need for a sorority that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. While other Greek organizations are and continue to grow more diverse, Mu Sigma Upsilon's foundation is based on diversity and their sisters embrace multicultural ideals and interests; They speak to use the sorority as a vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity.
Mu Sigma Upsilon recognizes that diversity is not limited to race, and they are proud to have achieved a sisterhood which is quite diverse with respect to not only race, but religious heritage, geographic origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, nationality, political ideology, and even choice of major and career. Ultimately, multiculturalism is the belief that there is inherent value in discovering, understanding, and appreciating all the ways in which people are different from each other. It is for this reason that they differentiate ourselves, in name and in purpose, from Greek organizations with the word “MUlticultural”
- The members of Mu Sigma Upsilon believe that with the knowledge gained through a higher education, women can succeed in our future endeavors. Within each chapter is a system to ensure academic excellence among their sisters and interested ladies. With study groups and academic workshops they are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of academics.
Unity Amongst All Women
- Through unity there is strength, through strength there is power, and with power, women can overcome any obstacle. With annual retreats, conventions and banquets the ladies of Mu Sigma Upsilon strive to strengthen their bonds as women and sisters. They reach out to all women with forums relevant to the needs in today's society with forums on all topics including health, professionalism and relationships.
To Be Active In The University And Community
- All people are extensions of the communities in which they were raised. In giving back to them, Mu Sigma Upsilon is ensuring progressive growth and improvement for future generations. MSU provides services through formal or informal partnerships with local nonprofit and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents or to solve particular problems related to community needs such as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement, students with disabilities, etc.
This multicultural sorority does not allow their modest size get in the way, of executing dynamic programs throughout the year, that are geared toward the empowerment of women, diversity, education, and community involvement.
Mu Sigma Upsilon is unique in the fact that every two years the national organization selects a new national philanthropy as a way to dedicate themselves to aiding a single charitable organization while foreseeing to assist many more organizations in the future.
Mu Sigma Upsilon's National Philanthropy for 2014-2016 academic years will be the The Girl Effect. The Girl Effect is a movement based on the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world. It’s about getting girls on to the global development stage and driving massive resources to them. It is based on the common belief in the field of International Development that when given the opportunity, girls and women are more effective at lifting themselves and their families out of poverty, thereby having a multiplier effect within their villages, cities, and nations.
R.A.C.E. (Recognizing and Celebrating Ethnicities) was established at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick, NJ Campus in 1994 as a forum through which cultural diversity could be highlighted and showcased in a new and exciting way. Through R.A.C.E., both the multicultural nature of our organization, as well as that of the community around us, is demonstrated.
R.A.C.E. has taken the form of a variety show involving performances from various cultural organizations represented on campus. Members of campus cultural organizations perform in costume and provide cultural displays for table-top exhibition during the event. Sisters sometimes wear national costumes pertaining to their cultural background or heritage and provide sample delicacies from all parts of the world!
From dance to song, music to the spoken word, R.A.C.E. has become a part of the Multicultural Blueprint of Mu Sigma Upsilon and is presented at various schools where MSU maintains active chapters. R.A.C.E. is the ultimate educational experience and a true artistic celebration of differences that, ultimately, bring us all closer together. For almost 20 years, this event has upheld our multicultural tradition while promoting diversity and a deeper understanding of cultures, as well as challenging stereotypes throughout the university and community.
T.I.A.R.A. stands for Togetherness, Independence, Academics, Respect and Achievement The T.I.A.R.A. Group is the official interest group of Mu Sigma Upsilon. Being an active T.I.A.R.A. allows MSU hopefuls the opportunity to get an in-depth look at the sisterhood. They experience first-hand what it would be like to be a sister of Mu through planning, programming, fundraising and networking. It also allows for the prospective members to get to know one another as well as Mu Sigma Upsilon sisters.
|Amazona||Rutgers University||New Brunswick||NJ||1981-11-21|
|Siksika||William Paterson University||Wayne||NJ||1983-11-30|
|Las Conquistadoras||New Jersey Institute of Technology||Newark||NJ||1989-04-12|
|Matriarca||Montclair State University||Montclair||NJ||1990-11-29|
|Indigena||New Jersey City University; Saint Peter's University||Jersey City||NJ||1994-12-01|
|Jhansi||The Pennsylvania State University - Main||University Park||PA||1996-11-10|
|Godisayo||Penn State Altoona||Altoona||PA||1996-11-10|
|Narra||New York University||New York||NY||1998-11-19|
|Concordia||University of Connecticut||Storrs||CT||1999-11-14|
|Haumea||University of Central Florida||Orlando||FL||2003-03-15|
|Xurima||Seton Hall University||South Orange||NJ||2003-03-20|
|Vathara||Johnson & Wales University - North Miami||Miami||FL||2005-05-01|
|Kyathira||University of Buffalo & Buffalo State||Buffalo||NY||2006-04-01|
|Themiskyra||SUNY Old Westbury||Old Westbury||NY||2006-04-06|
|Hasinai||Stephen F. Austin University||Nacogdoches||TX||2006-04-08|
|Zotikon||Hunter College; St. Francis College||New York||NY||2006-04-13|
|Dhyani||University of North Carolina at Charlotte||Charlotte||NC||2007-04-15|
|Novastella||West Chester University||West Chester||PA||2008-04-13|
|Kailasa||University of Georgia||Athens||GA||2009-04-11|
|Ionia||East Stroudsburg University||East Stroudsburg||PA||2009-04-11|
|Bodhati||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||Blacksburg||VA||2009-12-05|
|Rhea||The Pennsylvania State University - Abington||Abington||PA||2010-04-18|
|Boetia||Georgia College & State University||Milledgeville||GA||2011-04-16|
|Arikara||University of Nebraska at Kearney||Kearney||NE||2011-11-18|
|Kimimela||University of South Florida||Tampa||FL||2012-11-11|
|Zarya||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth||North Dartmouth||MA||2013-04-06|
|Atitlán||Indiana University of Pennsylvania||Indiana||PA||2014-11-08|
|Samara||Rutgers University - Camden||Camden||NJ||2014-11-16|
Mu Sigma Upsilon's Aretias Graduate Chapter provides the organization with a strong support system through which members become mentors, advisers and great outlets for networking possibilities. The chapter remains actively involved in academic programs at undergraduate chapters as well as surrounding communities with or without an undergraduate chapter.
The chapter also offers interested women the opportunity to join the sorority at the Graduate level and is therefore composed of women who have completed their undergraduate studies as well as those who joined the organization at the graduate level.
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