Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. (ΛΑΥ or "LAU") is a Latino oriented Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity founded on December 10, 1985 at the State University of New York at Buffalo when sixteen men formed a support group to 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 founding fathers represented various ethnic backgrounds, demonstrating the diversity of the Latin American community. The unity realized by these men became the foundation upon which the fraternity was established.
The interest group searched for a reputable organization with which to affiliate, however, 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 lead 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.
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.
The founding Fathers represented various ethnic backgrounds demonstrating the diversity of the Latin American community. The unity realized by these men became the foundation upon which the fraternity was established.
•Daniel Figueroa III
•Julio Martínez Jr.
Lambda Alpha Upsilon was founded upon the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and community Service. These principles are the guidelines by which we support the Latino community. They are expressed in our 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 sincerely believes that high standards, strength of character, and a common vision promote the success of the brotherhood. We must carry out our personal and professional lives in constant pursuit of the realization of our Metas. It is our Metas that provide the path to the top of the mountain as we continue to excel in every field of human endeavor.
"VENCEREMOS PORQUE NACIMOS PARA TRIUNFAR!"
Alpha Chapter- S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo est. 1985
Beta Chapter- Rochester Institute of Technology est. 1993
Gamma Chapter- St. John's University est. 1994
Delta Chapter- S.U.N.Y at Oswego est. 1996
Epsilon Chapter- New York City Technical College/Pace University est. 1996
Zeta Chapter- S.U.N.Y at Delhi est. 1997
Eta Chapter- S.U.N.Y at Old Westburry est. 1998
Theta Chapter- Southern Connecticut State University est. 1999
Iota Chapter- University of Florida est. 2001
Kappa Chapter- University of New Haven est. 2004
Lambda Chapter*- Reserved for Deceased Hermanos
University of Wisconsin(WhiteWater) est. 2005
West Chester University of PA est. 2007
University of Connecticut est. 2008