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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.
Founding Fathers
  1. Antonio Adorno
  2. José Betances
  3. Miguel Buitrago
  4. Manuel Cáceres
  5. José Chiu
  6. Ronald Ellín
  7. Daniel Figueroa III
  8. Victor Gutiérrez
9. Justo León
10. Julio Martínez Jr.
11. José Núñez
12. Antonio Rodríguez
13. Daryl Salas
14. Manny Sánchez
15. José Soto
16. Simón Vélez

Our History

Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity was founded on December 10th, 1985 at the University 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.

Fraternal Guardian

Andean Condor


Fraternal Stone

Black Onyx

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Fraternal Crest

NALFO Member

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) is the coalition of 20 sororities and fraternities in the United States.

It was established in 1998 to promote the advancement of Latino fraternities and sororities. Today, NALFO shares a commitment to fraternal unity, family values and empowering Latino and underserved communities.

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