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Serving the community has been essential to the existence of Lambda Sigma Upsilon (LSU) since its inception in 1979. Our Founding Fathers established the organization with a goal of addressing the basic education needs of students of color on its campuses, especially Latinos. Proudly, the organization was able to facilitate effective change as a liaison between Latino students and university administration.
In 1989, a time when HIV continued to sweep the country, the brotherhood lost Founder Father Alberto Rivera to complications derived from AIDS. The event struck a chord with all Brothers, who were suddenly awakened to the harsh reality of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. From that point forward, in honor of Alberto Rivera and all others who have fought the battle against HIV/AIDS, the Brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon decided to dedicate themselves to the cause, by adopting a national philanthropy of supporting HIV/AIDS research and treatment programs.
For more than 20 years, Lambda Sigma Upsilon has participated in and hosted a variety of events and fundraisers, supporting people living with HIV/AIDS, including: GHMC AIDS Walk events, the AIDS Quilt, Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, "Tackling AIDS" (Guarionex Chapter), "Stepping on AIDS" (Monarca Chapter) etc. LSU has also contributed to a number of organizations conducting research, support policy, and providing treatment to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, such as Aid for AIDS International, the Keep A Child Alive Foundation, and Camp Heartland, among others.
In 2010, Lambda Sigma Upsilon launched the "Live Safe" campaign to unite all activity supporting its national philanthropy.
For more information on the philanthropy initiatives LSU is hosting click the links below:
The HIV/AIDS Epidemic