New Fraternity Chartered for First Time in 25 Years
The newly chartered Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. becomes the seventh Greek organization on campus.
A new fraternity chapter. A new chapter for Greek life at SUNY Brockport.
The November 16 chartering of the Taburasa Chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. (LSU) marked the first expansion of Brockport's Inter-Greek Council since the Eta Lambda Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi chartered in 1993. Its founding members are junior Christopher Suarez (president), junior Michael Bobadilla, junior Brandy Diaz, and sophomore Jesus Cabrera.
Two years ago, a group of students expressed interest in establishing a new fraternity on campus at an opportune time — just after the 20-year moratorium that restricted the expansion of Greek life at the College had been lifted.
"A Greek system opening its doors for expansion when it has been closed is a sign of a new stage of maturity. The good competition that comes from welcoming new organizations will push current members to be better," said Assistant Director of Student Union and Activities Ryan Giglia '95/'99, who was a founding member of Brockport's chapter of Pi Kappa Phi in 1993.
To be considered for initiation, the founding members of LSU were required to fulfill the guidelines of an extensive expansion policy outlined by Student Union and Activities. The process involved creating plans for chapter development, for programming, and for assimilation into current Greek life at the College.
LSU colonized in December 2017, marking the interim phase in which the members had permission from the College and the national office to function, recruit members, fundraise, and begin to establish themselves before becoming initiated members. Their success in this phase made official chartering possible.
"They put in a lot of hard work to create themselves, achieving certain milestones and undergoing a new member education training with representatives from the LSU national office," said Student Organization Coordinator Amy McNulty '02.
Suarez hopes this new chapter will inspire other students to bring Greek organizations to campus that will have a positive impact on the community, as is the plan for LSU.
"One of my goals is to create a space where men of color can feel part of a family and to motivate them to perform better in school and sharpen their career goals," he said.
Established in 1979, the national Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. operates under four goals: Academic Excellence, Cultural Awareness and Diversity, Serving as Role Models in Schools and within the Community, and Brotherhood.
“We can benefit the Brockport community and help recruit more Latino males to the College," said LSU's National Expansion Director Javier Becerra in the Brockport chapter's initial letter of intent. "Since LSU is one of the most diverse fraternities in the country, [it appeals] to individuals who are diverse in race, ethnicity, creed, color, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and religion.”
While LSU is the first Latino chapter among the Greek organizations on campus, and its foundation is grounded in Latino culture, the fraternity is open to anyone who meets the organization's academic standards and embodies its intellectual, social, spiritual, moral, and civic values.
"The introduction of LSU shows how, as we embrace Building a Better Brockport, we look to providing opportunities for students to get involved, based on what they value and what they're interested in," said McNulty. "Their philanthropy focuses mainly on HIV/AIDS. The students knew this organization was important to them and that they wanted to establish something they felt was missing here at Brockport."
Students interested in joining LSU, or joining or initiating any fraternity or sorority on campus, are encouraged to explore the Fraternity & Sorority Life section of myBROCKPORT.