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Sigma Lambda Upsilon

Sigma Lambda Upsilon
Founded December 1, 1987; 28 years ago (1987-12-01)
Binghamton University
Vestal, New York
Type Social
Scope National
Motto Hasta La Muerte (Until Death)
Colors Gold, Black, Silver & Red
Flower Red Pansy
Jewel Black Pearl
Publication The Spirit of Ella
Philanthropy Literacy
Chapters 38 undergraduate chapters
14 graduate-professional chapters
Mascot Black Persian Cat with Gold Eyes
Headquarters Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4170

New York, New York, USA

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.


In the spring of 2000, the Sorority decided to focus its efforts and funding on literacy, with particular emphasis on aiding Latino children.

Mentoring programs

Sigma Lambda Promoting Education, the Arts, our Roots, Leadership and Service is a mentoring program designed and geared toward girls ages 8 to 14 with the intention of instilling a sense of sisterhood, cultural pride, academic excellence and service to the community within its participants, through team-building activities and projects. Program participants are known as the Sigma Lambda PEARLS and work closely with the Hermanas of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.

The Sigma Lambda LADYS program was piloted in the Fall of 2001 by the Theta Epsilon Graduate/Professional Chapter of Buffalo/Rochester, New York. It is a mentoring program first geared toward young women ages 14 to 18 attending various high schools in the Buffalo/Rochester area, and has since expanded to other regions.

Awards & recognition

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

Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. has 38 chapters at over 60 Colleges and Universities:

Graduate chapters

  • 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 - Miami & Tampa, FL
  • 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


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