La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (ΛΥΛ or LUL) is a Latino-based collegiate non-profit social fraternity. It was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on February 19, 1982, and has 71 active undergraduate chapters and 14 graduate alumni professional chapters in universities and cities across the United States.
Lambda Upsilon Lambda is the only Latino fraternity to be chartered at all 8 Ivy League universities. While founded on Latino principles, Lambda Upsilon Lambda has been open to men of all races since its inception.
Lambda Upsilon Lambda started out as an idea in the Summer of 1981 by Latino students who felt the need for more brotherhood, unity, and cultural expression of their Latino heritage on campus. During the Fall semester of 1981, after 4 meetings amongst Latino male students, a club named "La Unidad Latina" was registered with the university on September 15, 1981. This club would set the foundation for discussions to create a fraternity on campus. The next semester in January 1982, the fraternity was officially registered with Cornell administration. The next month an official initiation ceremony would take place that would make the fraternity's officially recognized founding date as February 19, 1982 with 13 Founding Fathers (11 undergraduates and 2 faculty members).
The goal of Lambda Upsilon Lambda's philanthropy, The P.A.T.H.E. Initiative (Providing Access To Higher Education), is to support Middle School/ High school students in their quest to graduate from a four year college and beyond. The program supports local schools and organizations by mentoring future scholars, facilitating college/university tours, providing P.A.T.H.E. initiative workshops and advocating for the improvement of the educational system. In participating in the P.A.T.H.E. initiative, Lambda Upsilon Lambda provides future scholars with the social, educational and emotional support needed to reach these goals.