Lambda Facts

General Facts

Official Name: La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated
Founding Institution: Cornell University – Ithaca, NY
Founding Date: February 19, 1982
Founding Fathers: 13 (11 Undergraduates, 1 Faculty, 1 Administrator)
Fraternal Colors: Brown, Gold, Red and White
Fraternal Motto: “La Unidad Para Siempre”
Nickname: Lambdas
Fraternal Crest:
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Fraternal Symbol:
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  • Those who undergo our New Membership Education are referred to as Caballeros
  • A Caballero signifies a gentlemen and/or knight in the Spanish language. As the title indicates, Caballeros are expected to conduct themselves with respect and chivalry at all times, especially upon receiving the privilege of becoming an Hermano de La Fraternidad. All of our esteemed members carry this trait with them in all aspects of life, beyond the membership intake process.

Interesting Facts

  • 1st Latino Fraternity to be chartered at an Ivy League Institution
  • La Unidad Latina is a Latino-based, multi-ethnic, non profit community service organization with an extremely diverse and rich membership
  • Only Latino Fraternity to be chartered at all Ivy League Universities
  • 59 Undergraduate Chapters at 83 Universities
  • 14 Graduate Chapters throughout the US
  • La Unidad Latina is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).
  • According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Best Colleges and Universities Edition:
    •  Chapters at 8 out of 10 Best Colleges
    • Chapters at 23 out of 50 Best Colleges
  • La Unidad Latina has been instrumental in helping the Hispanic Federation raise funds for various disaster efforts (phonathons, volunteers), which totaled over $1.3 million. La Unidad Latina raised about $7000 from our own efforts as individuals and chapters.
  • National Philanthropy: The La Unidad Latina Foundation has raised over $10,000 for minority scholarships over the last year.
  • La Unidad Latina is a nationally insured organization.
  • Recognized nationally by former First Lady, Senator Hillary Clinton and the former White House administration for our continual leadership and community service efforts.
  • Hermano Rubén Jose King-Shaw Jr.(Alpha ’83) has the ILR Building at Cornell University named after him and his wife.
  • December 2004 – La Unidad Latina, in conjunction with the Hispanic Federation, Western Beef Supermarkets and LatinoMix 109.5 held its annual Toy Drive throughout the tri-state area collecting close to 4,000 toys and donations for underprivileged kids.
  • Hermano Rubén Jose King-Shaw Jr. is appointed to the Board of Trustees for Cornell University.
  • In 2011 Hermano Albert Aguilar, Spring 2008 was featured on ABC’s, “Vista LA,” highlighting his efforts of teaching Financial Literacy to students ages 12-17 in the inner city of Los Angeles.
  • Hermano Dr. John Hernandez (Gamma Epsilon – Spring 1998) is currently the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
  • Hermano Antonio Guitierrez is the youngest to ever be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latino Youth Conference at American University
  • Hermano Cesar Tello is given a Cornell Alumni Spotlight for his Veterinary practice in the NYC’s Latino community.
  • Hermano Ramón González is recognized by the NY Times for his highly praised success in reforming M.S. 223 in the Bronx
  • On August 15, 2012 Hermanos from the Alpha Zeta Chapter were the first to assist undocumented youth in filling out their DACA applications and stayed until the very last person was helped.
  • Hermanos from NYU including Hermano Alexander Bennett(interviewed here) have been heavily involved with putting together the Latino College Expo and Youth Leadership Summit.
  • Hermano Eduardo Penalver becomes the 1st Latino Law Professor at Cornell
  • The National Council successfully hosted the 6th Annual Hermandad Retreat with representation of Hermano’s throughout the country.
  • Since 2007,  the Alpha Phi Chapter has raised over $25,000 for LUL’s PATHE Initiative through Battle of Troy, an annual step and stroll exhibition which consistently unites over 700 multicultural Greeks from across the U.S., to support the Fulfillment Fund and the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles, CA.
  • July 2012: The National Step Team (Rated L) of La Unidad Latina won 1st place in the annual RISC National Championship.
  • Zeta Chapter created a Relief Effort in order to aid the victims of the Hispaniola Flood disaster.
  • In 2011 Hermano Baltazar Vega, Spring 2008 was recognized by U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra for his work in the classroom. Also, in 2011 he was on the front page of La Opinion for his role as a Teach for America Corps member showcasing his ability to achieve results and also serve as a role model to young Latinos.
  • Hermano Jason Curley had his hand woven Navajo rugs displayed in Dartmouth’s prestigious Hood Museum of Art. The exhibition was titled Native American Art at Dartmouth and was said to be “the most thrilling shows you are likely to see this year” by the Boston Globe.
  • Hermano Miguel Guadalupe was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University
  • Hermano Andres Irlando was named President of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation from 2000-2007. He is now the VP of public policy for Verizon.
  • November 2012, Hermano Juan Pichardo was re-elected as Rhode Island Senator.
  • Hermano Efrain Cortes has acted as an assistant director for popular shows such as Desperate Housewives, Hung, and popular movies such as The Longest Yard, Cloverfield, Get Smart, & Yes Man.
  • Beta Gamma Chapter received recognition at the National Conference for Student Leadership where it was awarded the National Trendsetter Program of The Year (2008-2009) for its “Being Of Color In College” event.
  • Hermano Nomi Khan was named one of the 2010 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiatives Local Heroes in New York City. He pioneered a unique advanced-level science program that pairs medical students and professors with high school students in East Harlem for hands-on science education.
  • The Beta Beta chapter has raised over $10,000 for DonorsChoose.org through Triple S: Step, Stroll, & Salute, an annual exhibition hosted at Baruch College.

Some Honorary Hermanos

  • Hermano Dr. Jaime Martinez-Tolentino
    Dr. Jaime Martinez-Tolentino holds a BA & MA in French from New York University, a Ph.D from the University of Madrid, a Ph. D from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph. D from Purdue University in Spanish Literature and History. An expert on Latin American Literature, he is the author of fourteen books, ten of which are devoted to literary criticism or research in linguistics. He is also a creative writer with two books of published short stories and a play. He teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and is fluent in five languages: Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and German
  • Hermano Piri Thomas – Reknown poet and author, among his works is Down These Mean Streets, a novel which is a critically aclaimed best-seller.
  • Hermano Luis Miranda – Former head of the Hispanic Federation also served as Special Advisor and the Director of the Mayor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs during the Koch administration. During his distinguished career, Mr. Miranda has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, Teachers College at Columbia University and Boricua College, among other institutions.
  • Hermano Roberto Ramirez – Bronx Democratic County Chairman and New York State Assemblyman 78th A.D.
    Assemblyman Ramirez has represented the Fordham/Tremont section of the northwest Bronx since 1990. Assemblyman Ramirez has distinguished himself as a legislative leader in the areas of health care, taxation, economic development, education and welfare reform. He is also Chairman of the NY State Assemby Social Services Committee and Chairman of the New York State Puerto Rican Hispanic Task force.
  • Hermano Juan Figueroa – Chairman of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund
    Juan A. Figueroa has been a long-time champion of the Latino community tackling such issues as affirmative action and language rights. Mr. Figueroa served on the Connecticut General Assembly and was the first Puerto Rican State Representative from the Third District in Hartford.
  • Hermano Guillermo Linares – New York City Council Member, 10th District
    Hermano Linares was first elected to the New York City Council in a special election in 1991, and was subsequently reelected, in 1993 to a full 4-year term. In January of 1995, Linares was appointed to the White House Commission for educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.
  • Hermano Kaleil D. Isaza Tuzman, CEO and Co-founder of govWorks, Inc.
    Hermano KaleiI D. Isaza Tuzman is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of govWorks. He is responsible for the development and execution of the strategic business plan and for managing the focus and direction of the company.