Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated (ΜΣΥ) is a multicultural sorority and is a founding member of the National Multicultural Greek Council. It is a non-profit Greek letter organization of college-educated women committed to academics, unification of all women and service for their communities and universities.


By the beginning of the 1980s, more and more women from culturally diverse backgrounds were pursuing college degrees. Five women came together and decided to create a support system for these women.

Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated was founded on November 21, 1981, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, as a Social Fellowship. It was not until the early 1990s when Mu Sigma Upsilon became a multicultural Greek Letter Organization. .[2]

Founding mothers[3]

Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. was founded as a social fellowship on November 21, 1981 at Rutgers University. The founders were five women determined to establish an organization that brought together all women. As the years went by, the sisters of Mu Sigma Upsilon made the decision to become a Greek lettered organization.

The five founding mothers of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. are:

  • Eve Bracero
  • Lillian Sierra
  • Karinee Candelario
  • Ruth Gonzalez
  • Sylvia Vigo

MSU has grown to a membership of hundreds of women with chapters in 14 states across the country including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C, Nebraska, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Colorado.


In the early 1990s, the founding mothers saw the need for a sorority that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. While other Greek organizations are and continue to grow more diverse, Mu Sigma Upsilon's foundation is based on diversity and their sisters embrace multicultural ideals and interests. They speak to use the sorority as a vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity.

National Philanthropy[5]

Mu Sigma Upsilon is unique in the fact that every five years the national organization selects a new national philanthropy as a way to dedicate themselves to aiding a single charitable organization while foreseeing to assist many more organizations in the future. In the past they have worked with Keep A Breast Foundation and The Girl Effect. Mu Sigma Upsilon’s National Philanthropy for the 2016-2021 is To Write Love On Her Arms.


R.A.C.E. is a national event of Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sorority Inc. Members of different chapters run their version of the event, where campus cultural organizations perform in costume and provide cultural displays for table-top exhibition during the event. Sisters sometimes wear national costumes pertaining to their cultural background or heritage and provide sample delicacies from all parts of the world.[7]

T.I.A.R.A. Interest Group [8]

T.I.A.R.A. stands for Togetherness, Independence, Academics, Respect and Achievement. The T.I.A.R.A. Group has served as the interest group of Mu Sigma Upsilon at participating chapters.

Aretias Chapter[9]

Mu Sigma Upsilon's Aretias Graduate Chapter provides the organization with a strong support system through which members become mentors, advisers and great outlets for networking possibilities. The chapter remains actively involved in academic programs at undergraduate chapters as well as surrounding communities with or without an undergraduate chapter.

The chapter also offers interested women the opportunity to join the sorority at the Graduate level and is therefore composed of women who have completed their undergraduate studies as well as those who joined the organization at the graduate level.


Undergraduate Chapters

Mu Sigma Upsilon is unique in that, instead of being named after the Greek alphabet, chapters are given cultural names.

Undergraduate Chapters of Mu Sigma Upsilon[10]
Name School City State Established
Amazona Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ 1981-11-21
Siksika William Paterson University Wayne NJ 1983-11-30
Las Conquistadoras New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark NJ 1989-04-12
Matriarca Montclair State University Montclair NJ 1990-11-29
Aborigena Rutgers University-Newark Newark NJ 1991-04-17
Mosaic Kean University Union NJ 1991-04-25
Indigena New Jersey City University; Saint Peter's University Jersey City NJ 1994-12-01
Destinidas Bloomfield College Bloomfield NJ 1995-04-12
Zaona Stockton University Pomona NJ 1995-11-18
Jhansi The Pennsylvania State University - Main University Park PA 1996-11-10
Godasiyo -- Altoona PA 1996-11-10
Palenque Bloomsburg University Bloomsburg PA 1998-11-14
Narra -- New York NY 1998-11-19
Emeritus Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah NJ 1999-11-14
Concordia University of Connecticut Storrs CT 1999-11-14
Abrianeme The College of New Jersey Ewing NJ 2001-03-16
Devi -- Lawrence KS 2002-03-09
Anansi -- Ithaca NY 2002-03-24
Evadne Le Moyne College Syracuse NY 2002-03-24
Haumea University of Central Florida Orlando FL 2003-03-15
Xurima Seton Hall University South Orange NJ 2003-03-20
Genesis Kutztown University Kutztown PA 2003-11-01
Orisha -- New Paltz NY 2004-03-28
Yazi -- Miami FL 2004-03-10
Quinquatria Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken NJ 2005-03-26
Nysa SUNY Oneonta Oneonta NY 2005-03-26
Vathara Johnson & Wales University - North Miami Miami FL 2005-05-01
Lazuline Millersville University Millersville PA 2005-11-12
Celtic -- Norfolk VA 2005-11-20
Gaia Syracuse University Syracuse NY 2006-04-01
Kyathira University at Buffalo & Buffalo State College Buffalo NY 2006-04-01
Themiskyra SUNY Old Westbury Old Westbury NY 2006-04-06
Cheveyo -- Beaumont TX 2006-04-08
Hasinai Stephen F. Austin University Nacogdoches TX 2006-04-08
Zotikon Hunter College; St. Francis College New York NY 2006-04-13
Dhyani University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte NC 2007-04-15
Janus -- Miami FL 2008-04-06
Novastella West Chester University West Chester PA 2008-04-13
Kailasa University of Georgia Athens GA 2009-04-11
Ionia East Stroudsburg University East Stroudsburg PA 2009-04-11
Freyja Rowan University Glassboro NJ 2009-04-19
Bodhati -- Blacksburg VA 2009-12-05
Roma -- Washington DC 2010-04-17
Rhea The Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington PA 2010-04-18
Boetia Georgia College & State University Milledgeville GA 2011-04-16
Arikara University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney NE 2011-11-18
Kumi SUNY Oswego Oswego NY 2012-04-01
Yemaya Lehigh University Bethlehem PA 2012-04-22
Miakardia Bucknell University Lewisburg PA 2012-11-10
Kimimela University of South Florida Tampa FL 2012-11-11
Zarya University of Massachusetts Dartmouth North Dartmouth MA 2013-04-06
Sekhmet Marshall University Huntington WV 2013-11-02
Akasa -- Denver CO 2013-11-23
Atitlán Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana PA 2014-11-08
Samara Rutgers University–Camden Camden NJ 2014-11-16
Úthaulia Lycoming College Williamsport PA 2017-04-01
Wujimu DePauw University Greencastle IN 2017-04-07
Dianaia University of Rochester Rochester NY 2018-03-31


  1. ^ "Our History". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  2. ^ "The Inclusive Sorority". The Courant. Retrieved 2003-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Founding Mothers". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  4. ^ "Multiculturalism". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  5. ^ "National Philanthropy". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  6. ^ "R.A.C.E.<". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  7. ^ "New Jersey City University sorority will hold "R.A.C.E."". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  8. ^ "T.I.A.R.A. Interest Group". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  9. ^ "Aretias (Graduate Chapter)". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 
  10. ^ "Undergraduate Chapters". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority. 

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