Chi Upsilon Sigma

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Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc.
Founded April 29, 1980; 38 years ago (1980-04-29)
Rutgers University
Type Cultural interest
Emphasis Latina
Scope United States
Motto Wisdom Through Education
Colors Red, black and beige
Symbol Almighty Owl
Flower Hibiscus
Jewel Emerald
Philanthropy I Have A Dream Foundation
Chapters undergraduate 70, graduate 8
Headquarters 280 Madison Ave.
Ste. 912-255

New York, New York, U.S.

Chi Upsilon Sigma (ΧΥΣ) ("Women of Wisdom") — official name is Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. (Hearts United Always) — is a Latina oriented Greek letter intercollegiate sorority. Chi Upsilon Sigma was founded on April 29, 1980, by seven Latinas at the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The sorority is a member organization of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).[1]


Chi Upsilon Sigma was founded on April 29, 1980 by seven Latinas at the New Brunswick Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The seven founding mothers (with the guidance of Ramonita Santiago) are:

  • Maricel Rivera
  • Sonia Rosa
  • Catherine Miranda
  • Mariela Freay
  • Nancy Collazo
  • Maria E. Tejera
  • Evelyn Burgos

Due to the shifts in the cultural and political arenas, the late 1970s/early 1980s was a thriving time for the Latino community in the Northeast region of the United States. Activism on college campuses was common ground. For example, only five years prior, Rutgers College had opened its doors to women.

As the campus' Latino population increased, it became evident that the quality of student life for Latinos was not equal to their White and Black counterparts. Furthermore, the funding for Latino groups and activities was also non-existent. Realizing a change needed to be made, Corazones Unidos Siempre/Chi Upsilon Sigma Sorority, Inc. emerged. Corazones Unidos Siempre was formed with three goals, to provide service, to encourage communication, and develop awareness amongst the community.


Chi Upsilon Sigma’s national philanthropy is the I Have A Dream Foundation.

Undergraduate Chapters

Graduate chapters

  • Omega Alpha - Philadelphia Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Beta - Dallas/Fort Worth Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Gamma - North/Central NJ Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Delta - New York City Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Epsilon - Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Zeta - Houston Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Eta - Florida Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Theta - Lehigh Valley Area, PA Graduate Chapter
  • Omega Iota - Charlotte Metro Area Graduate Chapter

See also


  1. Chi Upsilon Sigma's participation in NALFO.