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Mu Sigma Upsilon

Mujeres Siempre Unidas, Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sorority Inc.
FoundedNovember 21, 1981; 37 years ago (1981-11-21)
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
TypeCultural Interest
MottoMujeres Siempre Unidas
Women Always United
Colors Baby Blue   White 
SymbolAmazon Woman, strong, fierce and independent
PublicationThe Amazonian [1]
PhilanthropyTo Write Love On Her Arms
NicknameM-S-U, MUs, Sophisticated Ladies of MSU
HeadquartersNew Brunswick, New Jersey

Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated (ΜΣΥ) is a multicultural intercollegiate sorority founded on November 21, 1981 at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. It is a non-profit Greek-lettered organization for college-educated women that promote the goals of Academic Achievement, Unification of All Women, and University and Community Service.[1] Mu Sigma Upsilon is the first multicultural-based sorority in the United States and a founding member of the National Multicultural Greek Council.


In the early 1980s, 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 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 Greek-lettered organization.[3] Mu Sigma Upsilon is the sister organization of Lambda Sigma Upsilon, a Latino-based fraternity.

Founding Mothers[4]

The five Founding Mothers of Mu Sigma Upsilon are:

  • Eve Bracero - Puerto Rican
  • Lillian Sierra - Puerto Rican
  • Karinee Candelario - Puerto Rican
  • Ruth Gonzalez - Puerto Rican
  • Sylvia Vigo - Puerto Rican


In the early 1980s, the Founding Mothers saw the need for an organization that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. As a result, Mu Sigma Upsilon became first sorority to be founded with a multicultural, rather than a specific ethnic or cultural, base.

Mu Sigma Upsilon Foundation [6]

The Mu Sigma Upsilon Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. The mission of the foundation is to provide essential support and secure and provide financial resources for the educational, leadership, and charitable purposes of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. in order to enrich the lives of alumnae and collegiate members and assist in improving the community in which they serve.

National Philanthropy[7]

Members of Mu Sigma Upsilon select a new national philanthropy every five years. This allows the organization to assist multiple charities and causes, focusing on one at a time. 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.[8]


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 are invited to perform in costume and provide cultural displays for table-top exhibition during the event. Members are encouraged to wear national dress pertaining to their cultural background or heritage and provide sample delicacies from all parts of the world.[10]

T.I.A.R.A. Interest Group [10]

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

Aretias Chapter[11]

Mu Sigma Upsilon's Aretias Graduate Chapter provides alumnae members with a system to become mentors and advisers to each other and to undergraduates. The chapter remains actively involved in academic programs at undergraduate chapters as well as surrounding communities with or without an undergraduate chapter. The Aretias Chapter also offers interested women the opportunity to join the sorority at the Graduate level.


Undergraduate Chapters

Mu Sigma Upsilon does not name their chapters in accordance to the Greek alphabet, but rather chapters are given culturally significant names.

Undergraduate Chapters of Mu Sigma Upsilon[12]
Name School City State Established
Amazona Rutgers University-New Brunswick 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 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 University of Kansas Lawrence KS 2002-03-09
Anansi Cornell University 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 -- 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 -- Hoboken NJ 2005-03-26
Nysa SUNY Oneonta Oneonta NY 2005-03-26
Vathara -- Miami FL 2005-05-01
Lazuline Millersville University Millersville PA 2005-11-12
Celtic -- Norfolk VA 2005-11-20
Gaia -- 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
Maulana SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh NY 2018-11-10
Ọkụ Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck NJ 2019-03-30
Horaeziel SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY 2019-04-06
Arcus SUNY Albany Albany NY 2019-04-13


  1. ^ "Who We Are". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ "Our History". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.
  3. ^ "The Inclusive Sorority". The Courant. Retrieved 2003-03-18.
  4. ^ "Founding Mothers". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.
  5. ^ "Multiculturalism". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.
  6. ^ "Mu Sigma Upsilon Foundation". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. 2017-08-19. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  7. ^ "National Philanthropy". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.
  8. ^ "National Philanthropy". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  9. ^ "R.A.C.E.<". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.
  10. ^ a b "New Jersey City University sorority will hold "R.A.C.E."". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  11. ^ "Aretias (Graduate Chapter)". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.
  12. ^ a b "Undergraduate Chapters". Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority.

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