Sigma Lambda Upsilon

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Sigma Lambda Upsilon
FoundedDecember 1, 1987; 32 years ago (1987-12-01)
Binghamton University
Vestal, New York
MottoHasta La Muerte (Until Death)
ColorsGold, Black, Silver & Red
FlowerRed Pansy with Black and Gold
JewelBlack Pearl
PublicationThe Spirit of Ella
Chapters43 undergraduate chapters
18 graduate-professional chapters
MascotBlack Persian Cat with Gold Eyes
HeadquartersGrand Central Station
P.O. Box 3842

New York, New York

Sigma Lambda Upsilon (ΣΛΥ) or Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-based sorority founded on December 1, 1987 at Binghamton University.


The organization was created to promote academic achievement and serve the Latino community and the campuses that Sigma Lambda Upsilon serves. The sorority is now present in over 50 campuses. Though Latina-based, Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority, Inc. is a non-discriminatory organization.


Historically, the organization has worked with children and youth as the primary target population to aid in literacy in education and career success. In the early 1990s, there was much interest centered on bilingualism in the classroom and the high illiteracy rates across America. At age four, Latino children tend to have less developed school-related skills than their caucasian counterparts. By age nine, It was found that Latino students tend to lag behind in reading, mathematics, and science proficiency. Thus, in the spring of 2000, the Sorority decided to focus its efforts and funding on literacy. The Sorority advocates for literacy as a means of ensuring the empowerment and success of our nation and the people of its diverse communities. They encourage literacy as an activity that affords limitless possibilities and promotes reading and writing as enjoyable, exciting, and empowering.

Literacy is more than just reading. It’s the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy can be expanded to include many areas such as: financial literacy, technological literacy, health literacy and more. The premise of their philanthropic work focuses on the power of literacy to uplift their communities and foster confidence in their young people, for them to advance toward their educational, personal, and professional goals.

Mentoring programs[edit]

Sigma Lambda Upsilon's national mentoring initiatives are the Leadership, Advancement, and Development of our Young Sisters (LADYS) and Promoting Education, the Arts, our Roots, Leadership and Service (PEARLS) programs.[1]

Awards & recognition[edit]

Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority, Inc. has been recognized by the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) for the Sorority’s outstanding commitment to academic and professional excellence, as well as, continuous philanthropic efforts.

Undergraduate chapters[edit]

Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. has 43 chapters at over 60 Colleges and Universities:

Graduate chapters[edit]

  • Theta Alpha - New York City, NY
  • Theta Beta - Providence, RI
  • Theta Gamma - Albany, NY
  • Theta Delta - Texas
  • Theta Epsilon - Buffalo, NY
  • Theta Zeta - Philadelphia, PA
  • Theta Eta - New Jersey
  • Theta Theta - DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia
  • Theta Iota - Florida
  • Theta Kappa - California
  • Theta Lambda - Harrisburg, PA
  • Theta Mu - Boston, MA
  • Theta Nu - OH / MI / IN / IL
  • Theta Xi - Rochester, NY
  • Theta Omicron - Westchester, NY
  • Theta Pi - Atlanta, GA
  • Theta Rho - Long Island, NY
  • Theta Sigma - Southern VA


  1. ^ "Sigma Lambda Upsilon". Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-17. Retrieved 2013-04-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Multicultural Greek Council". Retrieved 2017-02-02.

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