Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. (ΛΣΥ)
We, the brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc., strongly believe that many individual and collective successes can be achieved through the efforts of a culturally diverse brotherhood of college and university men who, through close association with each other, maintain honesty, commitment, respect, and trust.
The maintenance of these qualities is nurtured in large part through the diversity of culture and through self-awareness and self-respect.
Among the results of actions taken in these states of being are the promotion of friendship and Brotherhood, the development of individual character, the advancement of justice and opportunity, and the acquisition of soundness and excellence in education.
This is the foundation of our brotherhood!
The primary roots of Lambda Sigma Upsilon began in 1978. At that time, Rutgers University was a hotbed of political and academic controversy. Minority students, particularly Latinos, felt that they were not getting the attention they needed to succeed in their academic endeavors.
This negligence was most prevalent on the Livingston College Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. During that time, groups of students and protesters would conduct campus center sit-ins and take over university facilities such as the Kilmer Library to make the university administration aware of their negligence. It is during these events where our founders met.
In the spring of 1979, a group of Latino students began sharing ideas of forming a student organization that would represent and meet the needs of the Latino student population on campus, help students achieve their goals, and provide a sense of family to those away from home. They met regularly at the Livingston Student Center to further develop these ideas, and at each meeting, more Latino men that shared these common interest of change joined in on the conversation
After speaking for a number of weeks, it was suggested that the group form their own brotherhood--a Latino Social Fellowship-- to better organize these ideas into action and to create that support system. The excitement of these gentlemen grew daily, and the regular meetings continued to formalize the Fellowship.
Finally, on April 5th 1979, in Tillett Hall at the Livingston Campus at Rutgers University, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Social Fellowship was formally established. The official motto of the fellowship was "Latinos Siempre Unidos" (Latinos Always United), thus the acronym "LSU".
H.I.V./AIDS Research and Awareness
Since our inception, our brothers have given significant attention to its community service and philanthropy efforts. But in June of 1989, Alberto Rivera, one of our 20 founding fathers, passed away due to complications related to the HIV virus.
As a result of this tragedy, our brothers made the unanimous decision to honor his passing by promoting and supporting HIV & AIDS research and awareness and declaring it our national philanthropy.
Our chapters have been inspired in a variety of unique ways to contribute to the fight against HIV & AIDS.
Each year, they have donated thousands in proceeds by hosting banquets, fundraisers, walk-a-thons, tournaments, raffles, and other philanthropic programs. ey have partnered with humanitarian organizations like Keep A Child Alive and World Vision by sponsoring children living in communities affected by AIDS. They have also educated and helped spread awareness of the disease within their respective communities with events like the World AIDS Day Candle Light Vigil and the Live Sage Public Service Announcement.