Alpha Psi Lambda

Alpha Psi Lambda

Infobox Fraternity
letters = ΑΨΛ
name = Alpha Psi Lambda
motto = "Together We Shall Seek the Noblest"
crest =
founded = February 11, 1985
type = Social
scope = National
address = PO BOX #A3152 | Chicago, IL 60690-3512 symbol = Palm Tree
city = Chicago
state = Illinois
country = USA
chapters = | colors = Gold and White
homepage = []
birthplace = The Ohio State University
flower = Gold Rose
free_label = Mascot
free = Jaguar
= Nickname
free = APsi, Alpha Psi, Alpha Psi Lambdas
Alpha Psi Lambda Fraternity (ΑΨΛ), is the first co-ed Latino oriented Greek letter intercollegiate fraternity founded for Latino students in the United States and based in Chicago.


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 Greek lettered organizations and learn how to begin a Latino/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 now the nation's first and largest co-ed Latino fraternity. The thirteen founders were Diana Acevedo, Juan Casimiro, Carolyn Christian, James Cordero, Tammy Harris, Clara Isern, Marisol Lugo, Yolanda Natal, Saddy Rivera, Nancy Romo, Annette Saldivar, Annette Seda, and Juan Vera.

Important Dates

May 18, 1984Several 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.

Today - Alpha Psi Lambda has grown to include twenty chapters with over 1600 members. It is the nation's first and largest co-ed Latino fraternity.

Purposes and Mission

The 8 purposes of Alpha Psi Lambda are:
#To serve the university campus and community.
#To bring forth on a scholastic level, Latinos and others at the university on the basis of friendship.
#To provide a supplementary educational, social, and cultural experience for the mutual cultivation of its members.
#To advocate for the needs and concerns of the Latino students.
#To promote a basis for the diversity of the Latino cultures.
#To enhance the educational experience through social and cultural activities, and to assist in the development of member's leadership abilities.
#To promote inter-Fraternity relations.
#To foster positive relations between the Greek system, University/College 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 Lambda

*Alpha- 1985- The Ohio State University
*Beta- 1988- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
*Gamma- 1989- Northern Illinois University
*Delta- 1991- Southern Methodist University
*Epsilon- 1991- Purdue University-Calumet
*Zeta- 1993- University of Illinois at Chicago
*Eta- 1996- Ohio University
*Theta- 1996- University of Cincinnati
*Iota- 1996- DePaul University
*Kappa- 1997- Kent State University
*Lambda- 1998- Illinois State University
*Mu- 1999- University of Houston
*Nu- 2001- University of Toledo
*Xi- 2001- Loyola University Chicago
*Omicron- 2003- Texas A&M International University
*Pi- 2003- Texas State University
*Rho- 2005- Northeastern Illinois University
*Sigma- 2005- University of Texas
*Tau- 2006- Texas Tech University
*Upsilon- 2006 Florida Atlantic University

The fraternity is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

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