Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Latinas Poderosas Unidas, Inc. was founded on November 6, 1992 at The State University of New York College at Geneseo by six women, known as our Six Pillars of Strength, with intent to diversify the collegiate offerings of the SUNY Geneseo community. They aspired to strengthen the representation of students of color, particularly the women of color on campus, through cultural awareness, and academic enrichment. Their vision extended far beyond one’s collegiate experience, and hoped that with strength in numbers they’d one day develop an impervious network of women who lead and empower. Today, the intent of our Six Pillars enables empowerment across countless campuses, and can be recognized as a legacy for those who choose the Lambda Way.
Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Latinas Poderosas Unidas, Inc. is also proud to be one of the youngest Latina-based, all-inclusive, Greek lettered organizations in the country. Our commitment to education, cultural awareness, family, personal advancement and philanthropy through the experience of a sisterhood (Hermandad) is what makes our network unique and everlasting. The women of LPiU strive to achieve these foundational principles with Love, Dignity & Pride (Con Amor, Dignidad, y Orgullo).
Empowered Women, Empowering Women
Six Pillars of Strength
On November 6, 1992 our Founding Mothers, known as our Six Pillars of Strength, paved the Lambda Way and defined what our legacy is today as Poderosas (Empowered Women).
Our Founders are:
- Founding Mother Sandra Mosquera-Valerio
- Founding Mother Lisette Pineda
- Founding Mother Maria Fritz-Rodriguez
- Founding Mother Glorivy Arce
- Founding Mother Ebony Robinson
- Founding Mother Nancy Martinez
Our Founding Mothers set forth our six Founding Principles, known as Metas. Members of Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Latinas Poderosas Unidas, Inc. uphold the following six Founding Principles (Metas): Family, Advancement, Education, Motivation, Learning and Exposure (F.E.M.A.L.E.) through various programs and initiatives throughout the year.
We exist to empower ourselves as women through learning about each of our varied cultures, and to help the underprivileged members of the American Society. We intend to gain access to success for the underprivileged members of our society through positive, political, and social actions within our communities, and the greater global community. In short, Lambda Pi Upsilon’s goal is to change, challenge, and improve our society’s defects.
Name of Organization
Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Latinas Poderosas Unidas, Inc.
November 6, 1992
Alpha Chapter- State University of New York College at Geneseo
Red, White, Gold, Black
Con Amor, Dignidad, y Orgullo (With Love, Dignity and Pride)
White Rose with Red Tips (Fire and Ice Rose)
The vision and mission of Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Inc is defined by our Founding Principles (Metas). Together our Metas create the acronym F.E.M.A.L.E., tying back to our roots of women empowerment.
Bond as a family providing support and sisterhood.
Educate about the fallacy of the negative stereotypes that surround Latinos and those of African, Asian and Indigenous descent.
To act as a role model to those around us as well as the children in our communities by motivating one another to achieve our goals.
To work for the improvement and advancement of women in our communities.
To emphasize the importance of learning as well as proceeding on to higher education for ourselves and anyone willing to make a difference.
To expose the children of the minority community to the extremely broad horizon within their reach.
The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc., (NALFO) is an “umbrella” coalition established in 1998 to promote and foster positive interfraternal relations, communication, and development of all Latino fraternal organizations through mutual respect, leadership, honesty, professionalism and education.
Today, NALFO’s 16 fraternities and sororities are bound by a shared commitment to fraternal unity, family values and empowering Latino and under-served communities.
NALFO exists to unite and empower its member organizations through advocacy, and organizational development while fostering positive fraternal relationships and collaborating on issues impacting the Latino Greek community.