Alpha Psi Lambda
ΑΨΛ
The crest of Alpha Psi Lambda.png
FoundedFebruary 11, 1985; 37 years ago (February 11, 1985)
Ohio State University
TypeSocial
AffiliationNALFO
EmphasisLatino
ScopeNational
MottoTogether We Shall Seek the Noblest
Colors  Gold and   White
SymbolPalm Tree
FlowerGold Rose
MascotJaguar
PhilanthropyBoys and Girls Clubs of America
Chapters39 Collegiate Chapters (plus 8 Affiliate Chapters)
Members3,900 lifetime
HeadquartersPO Box 804835
Chicago, IL 60680
USA
WebsiteOfficial website

Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. (ΑΨΛ), is a co-educational, Latino-oriented fraternity which began in 1985 at Ohio State University. It is the first co-ed fraternity for Latino college students in the United States.[1][2] Today the Fraternity has 39 collegiate chapters and 8 Affiliate chapters; its National Headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois. Alpha Psi Lambda is dedicated to helping develop, share, and celebrate the Latino culture through academics and family.

History

Alpha Psi Lambda was founded in May 1984, when Dr. Josue Cruz, an assistant vice provost for the Office of Minority Affairs at Ohio State University, aided a group of students in researching existing Greek Letter Organizations with the idea of forming a Latino-affinity group. Rather than join an existing group, the students decided to establish a new on-campus organization, co-educational in nature and with a Latino affinity.[3][4] The thirteen founding members were as follows:[4]

  • Diana Acevedo
  • Juan Casimiro
  • Carolyn Christian
  • James Cordero
  • Tammy Harris
  • Clara Isern
  • Marisol Lugo
  • Yolanda Natal
  • Saddy Rivera
  • Nancy Romo
  • Annette Saldivar
  • Annette Seda
  • Juan Vera

The Fraternity's founding date is celebrated as February 11, 1985, but it can trace steps made towards its formation to the year prior.[4]

By 1991, it had emerged out of the Midwest region with the establishment of a chapter at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.[3]

In 1998, the Fraternity became a founding member of NALFO, a trade association of Latino fraternities and sororities, and remains a member today.[5]

Growth continued and 46 chapters had been established by 2022 of which 32 are active or "affiliate" chapters.[3]

Dr. Josue Cruz was recognized in 2020 as an Honorary Founder of Alpha Psi Lambda National, Inc. for his contributions.

Mission and purpose

At its founding, the Fraternity identified its mission to: "...promote continued personal and collective growth of our membership, success and unity through education, leadership, cultural awareness and community service."

To support this mission, the Fraternity identified an eight-fold statement of purpose as the aim of both chapters and individual members:

  1. Serve the university campus and community.
  2. Bring forth on a scholastic level, Hispanics/Latinos and others at the university on the basis of friendship.
  3. Provide a supplementary educational, social, and cultural experience for the mutual cultivation of its members.
  4. Advocate for the needs and concerns of the Hispanic/Latino students.
  5. Promote a basis for the diversity of the Hispanic/Latino cultures.
  6. Enhance the educational experience through social and cultural activities, and assist in the development of members' leadership abilities.
  7. Promote inter-fraternity relations.
  8. Foster positive relations between the Greek system, University/College Administration, and the outside community."[6]

Chapters of Alpha Psi Lambda

Collegiate chapters have been formed at the following schools. Alpha Psi Lambda chapters note a "Founding Line" to recognize the initial class of chapter founders, which becomes the chapter's nickname.[7][3]

Chapter Year Founding Line University Location Notes
Alpha 1985 Los Primeros Ohio State University Columbus, OH
Beta 1988 La Familia University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Champaign, IL
Gamma 1989 Los Dedicados Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL
Delta 1991 Los Originadores Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
Epsilon 1991 Los Predestinados Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
Zeta 1993 Los Invencibles University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
Eta 1996 Los Fieles Ohio University Athens, OH
Theta 1996 Los Caballeros University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Iota 1996 Los Prestigiosos DePaul University Chicago, IL
Kappa 1997 Los Iluminados Kent State University Kent, OH
Lambda 1998 Aztlán Illinois State University Normal, IL
Mu 1999 Los Sobresalientes University of Houston Houston, TX
Nu 2001 Los Esperados University of Toledo Toledo, OH
Xi 2001 Los Inmortales Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
Omicron 2003 Los Iniciadores Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
Pi 2003 Fuerza Texas State University San Marcos, TX
Rho 2005 La Lucha Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
Sigma 2005 El Encendimiento University of Texas Austin, TX
Tau 2006 El Año De Las Luces Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
Upsilon 2006 Los Deseados Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
Phi 2009 La Devoción Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX
Chi 2012 Dominación Lewis University Romeoville, IL
Psi 2013 Los Caciques Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
Omega reserved
Alpha Alpha 2013 Patria Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
Alpha Beta 2013 La Frontera University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville, TX & Edinburg, TX
Alpha Gamma 2014 Divergencia California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
Alpha Delta 2014 La Dinastia Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
Alpha Epsilon 2015 La Tormenta University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
Alpha Zeta 2015 El Cuartelejo Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO
Alpha Eta 2016 Los Aliados Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
Alpha Theta 2016 Espíritus Resilientes University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, NC
Alpha Iota 2016 La Fundación Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
Alpha Kappa 2017 El Reino University of St. Francis Joliet, IL
Alpha Lambda 2016 Los Chiquillos Washington State University Pullman, WA
Alpha Mu 2018 Los Profundos Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO
Alpha Nu 2018 Los Innovadores University of Dayton Dayton, OH
Alpha Xi 2017 DAUNTLESS University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA
Alpha Omicron 2018 La Oportunidad Lindenwood University St. Charles, MO
Alpha Pi 2019 Tauro Bradley University Peoria, IL
Alpha Rho 2020 Deus Ex Machina California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA

Affiliate Chapters of Alpha Psi Lambda

Collegiate Affiliate Chapters are present at the following schools:[7][3]

Affiliate Chapter Year Founding Line University Location Notes
Affiliate Chapter 2015 Tikal Villanova University Villanova, PA
Affiliate Chapter 2018 Los Rapsódicos State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY
Affiliate Chapter 2019 Dinámicos Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, TN
Affiliate Chapter 2020 La Recíedumbre Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
Affiliate Chapter 2020 Deus Ex Machina California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA
Affiliate Chapter 2021 R.E.I.G.N. 5 Nicholls State University Thibodaux, LA
Affiliate Chapter 2021 Legado Lamat Miami University Oxford, OH
Affiliate Chapter 2022 Los Luminosos Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

References

  1. ^ Brothers and sisters: diversity in college fraternities and sororities By Craig LaRon Torbenson, Gregory Parks
  2. ^ "First Hispanic Fraternity Proposed". Portsmouth Daily Times. January 12, 1985. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive), page showing active co-ed groups". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 4 July 2021. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  4. ^ a b c Noted on the Rho chapter website, accessed 15 January 2022.
  5. ^ Noted on the NALFO website, accessed 15 January 15 2022.
  6. ^ Noted on the national website's Mission and Purposes page, accessed 15 January 2022.
  7. ^ a b Noted on the Alpha Psi Lambda website chapter list, accessed 4 Jul 2021.