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Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity (ΑΨΛ), is a co-educational, Latino-oriented Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity. It is the first such organization for Latino college students in the United States.[1][2] It has 36 Chapters and 6 Affiliate Chapters; the national headquarters is in Chicago.

Alpha Psi Lambda
ΑΨΛ
FoundedFebruary 11, 1985; 34 years ago (February 11, 1985)
The Ohio State University
TypeSocial
ScopeNational
MottoTogether We Shall Seek the Noblest
Colors     Gold      White
SymbolPalm Tree
FlowerGold Rose
MascotJaguar
PhilanthropyBoys and Girls Clubs of America
Chapters36 (plus 6 Affiliate Chapters)
Colonies6 (Affiliate chapters)
HeadquartersPO BOX 804835
Chicago, Illinois 60680
USA
Websitewww.alphapsilambda.net

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HistoryEdit

Alpha Psi Lambda was founded on February 11, 1985 on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

In Columbus, Ohio, in May 1984 a group of undergraduate students led by Dr. Josue Cruz, Assistant Vice Provost to the Office of Minority Affairs, set out to research the country for other Latino Greek lettered organizations and learn how to begin a fraternity at The Ohio State University.

On March 10, 1985 at The Ohio State University, thirteen men and women were officially initiated into Alpha Psi Lambda. These individuals set the foundation for what is the nation's first and now largest co-ed Latino fraternity. The thirteen founders were Annette Saldivar, Annette Seda, Carolyn Christian, Clara Isern, Diana Acevedo, James Cordero, Juan Casimiro, Juan Vera, Marisol Lugo, Nancy Romo, Saddy Rivera, Tammy Harris, and Yolanda Natal.

Alpha Psi Lambda was the first Latino-based fraternity established at a Big Ten school. It is a founding member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

Important datesEdit

May 18, 1984 – Several students attending a Hispanic leadership retreat noted a need for Latino organizations at The Ohio State University. An exploratory group, led by Dr. Josue Cruz, Assistant Vice Provost to the Office of Minority Affairs, was formed to research possible fraternities and sororities. After reviewing their findings, the group decided to start a new Latino Greek organization.

February 11, 1985 – Alpha Psi Lambda was established at The Ohio State University.

March 10, 1985 – Thirteen individuals were officially initiated as the founders of Alpha Psi Lambda.

September 25, 1992 – Alpha Psi Lambda was officially recognized as a National organization.

Present – Alpha Psi Lambda has grown to include thirty-six chapters and six affiliate chapters with over 3,200 members.

Purposes and missionEdit

The 8 purposes of Alpha Psi Lambda are:

  1. Serve the University Campus, and Community.
  2. Bring forth on a scholastic level, Hispanics/Latinos and others at the University on the Basis of Friendship.
  3. Provide a supplementary educational, social and cultural experience for the mutual cultivation of its members.
  4. Advocate for the needs and concerns of the Hispanic/Latino students.
  5. Promote a basis for the diversity of the Hispanic/Latino cultures.
  6. Enhance the educational experience through social and cultural activities, and assist in the development of members' leadership abilities.
  7. Promote inter-fraternity relations.
  8. Foster positive relations between the Greek system, University/Campus Administration and the outside community.

The Mission of Alpha Psi Lambda is:

To promote continued personal and collective growth of our membership, success and unity through education, leadership, cultural awareness and community service.

Chapters of Alpha Psi LambdaEdit

Undergraduate chapters are present at the following schools:[3]

Chapter Year Founding Line University Location
Alpha 1985 Los Primeros The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
Beta 1988 La Familia University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Champaign, IL
Gamma 1989 Los Dedicados Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL
Delta 1991 Los Originadores Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
Epsilon 1991 Los Predestinados Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
Zeta 1993 Los Invencibles University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
Eta 1996 Los Fieles Ohio University Athens, OH
Theta 1996 Los Caballeros University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Iota 1996 Los Prestigiosos DePaul University Chicago, IL
Kappa 1997 Los Iluminados Kent State University Kent, OH
Lambda 1998 Aztlán Illinois State University Normal, IL
Mu 1999 Los Sobresalientes University of Houston Houston, TX
Nu 2001 Los Esperados University of Toledo Toledo, OH
Xi 2001 Los Inmortales Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
Omicron 2003 Los Iniciadores Texas A&M International University Laredo, TX
Pi 2003 Fuerza Texas State University San Marcos, TX
Rho 2005 La Lucha Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
Sigma 2005 El Encendimiento University of Texas Austin, TX
Tau 2006 El Año De Las Luces Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
Upsilon 2006 Los Deseados Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
Phi 2009 La Devoción Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX
Chi 2012 Dominación Lewis University Romeoville, IL
Psi 2013 Los Caciques Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY
Alpha Alpha 2013 Patria Coastal Carolina University Conway, SC
Alpha Beta 2013 La Frontera University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville, TX & Edinburg, TX
Alpha Gamma 2014 Divergencia California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA
Alpha Delta 2014 La Dinastia Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
Alpha Epsilon 2015 La Tormenta University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, MI
Alpha Zeta 2015 El Cuartelejo Colorado State University - Pueblo Pueblo, CO
Alpha Eta 2016 Los Aliados Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
Alpha Theta 2016 Espíritus Resilientes University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, NC
Alpha Iota 2016 La Fundación Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
Alpha Kappa 2017 El Reino University of St. Francis Joliet, IL
Alpha Lambda 2016 Los Chiquillos Washington State University Pullman, WA
Alpha Mu 2018 Los Profundos Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO
Alpha Nu 2018 Los Innovadores University of Dayton Dayton, OH

Affiliate Chapters of Alpha Psi LambdaEdit

Undergraduate Affiliate Chapters are present at the following schools:[4]

Affiliate Chapter Year Founding Line University Location
Affiliate Chapter 2015 Tikal Villanova University Villanova, PA
Affiliate Chapter 2017 DAUNTLESS Lynchburg College Lynchburg, VA
Affiliate Chapter 2018 La Oportunidad Lindenwood University St. Charles, MO
Affiliate Chapter 2018 Los Rapsódicos State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY
Affiliate Chapter 2019 Tauro Bradley University Peoria, IL
Affiliate Chapter 2019 Dinámicos Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee, TN

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brothers and sisters: diversity in college fraternities and sororities By Craig LaRon Torbenson, Gregory Parks
  2. ^ "First Hispanic Fraternity Proposed". Portsmouth Daily Times. January 12, 1985. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  3. ^ http://alphapsilambda.net/chapters
  4. ^ http://alphapsilambda.net/colonies[permanent dead link]

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