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Lambda Upsilon Lambda Launches New National Website To Commemorate Its 31st Founding Anniversary

New York, NY — February 2013

On Tuesday, February 19th the National Leadership of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. successfully launched its new national website to commemorate its 31st Founding Anniversary. Since its inception on February 19th, 1982 at Cornell University, the Fraternity has taken on a role in meeting the needs of the Latino community through cultural awareness, community service, and the promotion of Latino culture and its diverse peoples.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “A Vision Forward,” the new national website will showcase aesthetic, functional and structural enhancements. The goal was to develop a more resourceful tool for all members of the organization while reinforcing their identity to the public. The new website offers quick and easy access to essential material which is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information.

“We wanted our new website to reflect who we are while highlighting our many accomplishments and initiatives,” said Gilbert Cortes, President of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda’s new initiatives include the Medical Mission, the Lambda Guilds in Medicine, Law and Education as well as staple initiatives such as Providing Access To Higher Education (PATHE). Information on these and other national and regional events will give visitors greater insight to the organization’s current and future goals. The website also integrates other communication and social networking tools in order to further enhance the real-time distribution of significant news.

The national website is one of many steps La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. is taking towards “A Vision Forward.” In celebration of it’s Founders Day the organization welcomes everyone to visit the new www.launidadlatina.org.

LUL Fulfills First Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic

New York, NY — June, 2012

On Wednesday, April 25th the professional Medical Guild of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. and volunteers embarked on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Over their one week mission in several poverty stricken areas they were able to assist over 1000 patients in need of medical care.

The Lambdas in Medicine Guild was formed in 2011 with the goal of uniting professional medical members of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. in order to deliver more efficient care, advocate for the Latino community, and to serve as a resource for Latinos at every level of medical training and practice.

Planning for their first major project as a Medical Guild began in the Fall of 2011 with the recruitment of Hermanos in the field of medicine. “This is an initiative that has never been done before and we are setting a precedent,” Julio Carballo said. As the Director of Alumni Affairs for the fraternity, Carballo stressed the historical implications this mission would have for the fraternity and Latino community as well.

Lambda members and volunteers partnered with the non-governmental organization (NGO) Corazon Del Siervo. Together they visited 5 different towns all across the island and helped over 1000 patients who lacked proper medical care. Carballo recalls many of the harsh conditions they were faced with while visiting certain villages. “We went into villages that had nothing, from no sanitation to dying patients. We gave these people some hope and kids’ especially appreciated the time we spent with them” he said. Several patients who suffered from diabetes and AIDS had not been treated for their diseases or illness for over a year. One of the highlights of the trip was Hermano Vicente Diaz saving a patient’s eye sight by performing a surgical procedure never before done in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Vicente Diaz was recently honored for his leadership during the mission at the 2012 Dream Garden Gala hosted by the Hostos Education Project.

The medical mission came to an end on Wednesday, May 2nd as the group left the Dominican Republic accomplishing many goals and undergoing a life changing experience themselves. The Medical Guild of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. is planning their second medical mission for 2013 in a location to be announced later in the year. Following their initial trip they will now also call upon non-medical members of the fraternity and volunteers to assist in other areas of need such as education.

For more information on the Medical Guild or mission trip please contact Julio Carballo at julio.carballo@launidadlatina.org.

Lambda Brother Jonel Gonzalez Loses Seven In Crash; Donation Campaign Raises $125,000

Bronx, NY — May, 2012

On Sunday, April 29th Jonel Gonzalez, Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Gamma Chapter, Spring 2012), suffered a devastating loss when his mother, sister, aunt, two young cousins and both grandparents (7 in total) were involved in a fatal car accident in Bronx, New York. Fraternity members started on online donation campaign with the hopes to raise enough money for proper funeral services for all seven family members. In the three days since the campaign began, the brothers have raised approximately $125,000 and counting.

Jonel’s family was on its way home to celebrate the arrival of the grandparents from the Dominican Republic and his sister’s upcoming First Communion. The SUV his mother was driving suddenly flipped over a barrier of the Bronx River Parkway at the edge of the road and plunged into a section of the Bronx Zoo. The cause of the crash, which happened around 12:30 p.m., was unclear according to officials.

Upon learning of the tragic accident Hermanos Keith Garcia, Lizardo Uribe and Gianni Marci quickly began local efforts in order to assist our fellow Hermano in his time of need. An online donation campaign was started on PayPal.com and WePay.com for Hermanos to help ease the financial burden that comes with funeral services for 7 family members. Through the power of social media Jonel and his family received an unprecedented amount of support and donations not only from Hermanos, but a national community as well. In only three days of the #SupportJonelGonzalez and #ForTheLove campaign, the fraternity has been able to raise approximately $125,000 surpassing their initial goal of $100,000.

“We based our goal on what the average cost of a funeral can be,” Garcia said. “We also have to take into account that the family is not based in New York City, they have relatives in the Dominican Republic, and the grandparents were from there – transporting the bodies to the D.R. is going to cost more.”

The national leadership of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL) have also made a generous donation to Hermano Jonel’s family and has assisted with all current local efforts.

“Through this emotional time, we have been extremely touched by the generosity and support toward our organization, and most importantly, Jonel and his family,” said Mario Rivera, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “On behalf of La Unidad Latina, I humbly thank you for walking next to us during this tough time,” added Mr. Rivera.

The national support was especially plentiful from that of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) board and it’s members. “Almost every President has contacted me, expressed their condolences, and pledged a national donation, as well as promising to pass the message on to their memberships,” said Manuel Cabrera, National Council President of LUL.

The services arranged for the Gonzalez family are as follows:

  • The Wake will be taking place at Parkchester Funeral Home located at 1430 Unionport Road, Bronx, NY 10462 on Thursday May 3rd from 4pm-9pm.
  • The Funeral will be taking place at St. Raymond’s Church located at 1759 Castle Hill Ave., Bronx, NY 10462 (between East Tremont and Castle Hill) on Friday May 4th at 9:45am.

All Hermanos are encouraged to wear their fraternal Arm Band in solidarity and support for Hermano Jonel Gonzalez even if they are not able to attend the wake or funeral services.

The support of Hermanos and the community nationwide is giving Jonel strength to carry on. “I will never be able to express how grateful my family and I are,” Gonzalez said. “Throughout all the sorrow and darkness, this support is the only light I see.”

For more information or to make a donation and continue your support please visit the official website www.SupportJonel.com

Lambda Alumni Conclave To Be Hosted At Rhode Island Senate Chamber

Providence, RI — March, 2012

The Gamma Delta Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated in conjunction with Rhode Island Senator Juan M. Pichardo will host the 2nd Alumni Conclave on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012. The Rhode Island State House Senate Chamber will be the site of this momentous event as the Fraternity prepares for the future of the organization.

The day will begin with a Presidential Address by Hermano Manuel Cabrera followed by a Keynote Address by Senator Juan M. Pichardo. A Medical Guild presentation will detail our upcoming Medical Mission trip in April as well. Community service at Central Falls High School will conclude the day’s events by working alongside students and faculty to help repair their school. As a follow up to the 1st Alumni Conclave held last December in New York, the Fraternity will focus on a detailed plan that will carry out the goals it has set for itself.

Hermano Juan M. Pichardo, Senator of Rhode Island, was excited about the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude in his state.

“It is an honor to be selected as a state for the Fraternity to conduct a meeting of Hermanos to discuss and plan for the future of the organization” he said.

Hermano Julio Carballo, Director of Alumni Affairs and Hermano Rick Quiles, M.D. have also worked diligently to ensure that this weekend’s Alumni Conclave is a great success. The Gamma Delta chapter will provide Lambda Alumni from all over the country with all the necessary accommodations for a great experience.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Sponsors Homage To Piri Thomas

New York, NY — February, 2012

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL) has joined GDS Arts, El Museo del Barrio and HBO Latino to co-sponsor “A Homage to Piri Thomas.” This tribute is in memory of our Hermano Piri Thomas who passed away on October 17, 2011. Hermano Piri published a memoir in 1967 that would become his most popular and controversial work, “Down These Mean Streets.” The memoir, which chronicled his childhood struggles with prejudice, racism, identity and crime, eventually became a staple on high school and college reading lists. It examined themes of race and class in America and showed that everyone is capable of turning their lives around and achieving success.
In 1995, upon review of his work within the Latino community and his commitment to goals in line with that of La Unidad Latina, Piri Thomas was inducted as a distinguished Honorary Hermano of LUL at the fraternity’s National Legislative Convention in Albany, NY. As a stalwart supporter of La Fraternidad Hermano Piri often worked with many chapters of LUL and spoke at their engagements. It was this level of commitment, passion and dedicated service to the goals of La Fraternidad which made Hermano Piri such a shining example of what La Unidad Latina stands for. He encouraged a whole generation of young people to be socially conscious and expressive.
The tribute will take place on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at El Museo del Barrio on Museum Mile, hosted by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder and President of the Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Felipe Luciano, former Young Lord, news anchor and poet, and curated by Rich Villar. Poets include Martin Espada, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Junot Díaz, Willie Perdomo, Mayda del Valle, Emanuel Xavier, and others.
The National Council of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. will also be making a generous donation to the Piri Thomas Memorial Fund and will continue to promote the work of a truly inspiring Hermano who influenced the lives of many.

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