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Lambda Alpha Upsilon
Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity National Crest.gif
FoundedDecember 10th, 1985; 36 years ago (December 10th, 1985)
State University of New York at Buffalo
Motto"¡Venceremos porque Nacimos para Triunfar!"
ColorsRed, Yellow, White and Black
Chapters20 undergraduate, 5 colonies, 6 alumni chapters
Fraternal GuardianAndean Condor
Headquarters1162 St. Georges Avenue Suite #258
Avenel, New Jersey 07001

Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. (ΛΑΥ or LAU, also known as Condors) is a Latino oriented Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity founded on December 10, 1985 at the State University of New York at Buffalo.[1][2]

Founding fathers

The founding fathers represented various ethnic backgrounds, demonstrating the diversity of the Latin American community. In the fall of 1985 at the University at Buffalo, sixteen young men decided to form a support group that would 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 were:

Undergraduate chapters

Lambda Alpha Upsilon reserves the Lambda[3] chapter designation for deceased Hermanos. Iterations beginning with the letter Lambda are reserved for alumni chapters as described below.[1]

Chapter School Established Active
Alpha State University of New York at Buffalo 1985 No
Beta Rochester Institute of Technology 1993 Yes
Gamma St. John's University 1994 No
Delta State University of New York at Oswego 1996 No
Epsilon New York Metro Chapter 1996 Yes
Zeta State University of New York at Delhi 1997 Yes
Eta State University of New York at Old Westbury 1998 No
Theta Southern Connecticut State University 1999 Yes
Iota University of Florida 2001 No
Kappa University of New Haven 2004 Yes
Lambda Reserved as a memorial chapter - N/A
Mu University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2005 Yes
Nu West Chester University of Pennsylvania 2007 Yes
Xi University of Connecticut 2008 Yes
Omicron Central Connecticut State University 2009 Yes
Pi Syracuse University 2014 Yes
Rho SUNY Binghamton 2016 Yes
Sigma University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2016 Yes
Tau SUNY College at Oneonta 2016 Yes
Upsilon NOVA Southeastern University 2019 Yes
Phi Florida Atlantic University 2019 Yes
Trinity College Colony Trinity College 2016 Yes
UWP Colony University of Wisconsin- Parkside 2017 Yes
Drexel Colony Drexel University 2019 Yes
Syracuse Metro Colony Syracuse Metro Area 2019 Yes
WCA Willimantic City Association 2019 Yes

Alumni chapters

The alumni chapters of Lambda Alpha Upsilon consist of working professionals and graduate level students, whom were inducted as undergraduate members and are established in the workforce or continuing their education while deciding to remain active within the fraternity. Lambda Alpha Upsilon also inducts interested men with at least a bachelor's degree into one of the alumni chapters through the Graduate Induction Process. Lambda Alpha Upsilon officially recognizes the following alumni chapters:[1]

Chapter Region Established
Lambda Alpha Connecticut 2005
Lambda Beta New York City Metro 2005
Lambda Gamma Washington, DC Metro 2010
Lambda Delta Rochester/Buffalo 2012
Lambda Epsilon South Florida 2017
Lambda Zeta Wisconsin 2015


The fraternity is a founding member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

See also


  1. ^ a b c William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive)". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 5 Jul 2021. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  2. ^ "Latinx Sororities and Fraternities You Should Keep on Your Radar". 23 August 2021.
  3. ^ Lambda Archived 2012-03-10 at the Wayback Machine