Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated (ΜΣΥ) is the first multicultural sorority associated with the National Multicultural Greek Council. It is a non-profit Greek letter organization of college-educated women committed to academics, unification of all women and the services for their communities and universities.
By the beginning of the 1980s, more and 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 Sorority, Incorporated was founded on November 21, 1981, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, as the first Multicultural Greek Letter Society.
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. was founded as a social fellowship on November 21, 1981 at Rutgers University. The founders were five women determined to establish an organization that brought together all women. As the years went by, the members of Mu Sigma Upsilon saw many Greek organizations emerging on university campuses and decided to become a Greek lettered organization.
The five founding mothers of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. are:Eve Bracero
MSU has grown to a membership of hundreds of women with chapters in 14 states across the country including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C, Nebraska, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Colorado.
In 1981, the founding mothers saw the need for a sorority that crossed the societal boundaries of race, religion, culture, and class. While other Greek organizations are and continue to grow more diverse, Mu Sigma Upsilon's foundation is based on diversity and their sisters embrace multicultural ideals and interests; They speak to use the sorority as a vehicle to educate the surrounding campus and community on issues of diversity.
Mu Sigma Upsilon is unique in the fact that every five years the national organization selects a new national philanthropy as a way to dedicate themselves to aiding a single charitable organization while foreseeing to assist many more organizations in the future. In the past they have worked with Keep A Breast Foundation and The Girl Effect.
R.A.C.E. is an national event of Mu Sigma Upsilon, Sorority Inc. Members of different chapter run their version of the event, where often campus cultural organizations perform in costume and provide cultural displays for table-top exhibition during the event. Sisters sometimes wear national costumes pertaining to their cultural background or heritage and provide sample delicacies from all parts of the world!
T.I.A.R.A. stands for Togetherness, Independence, Academics, Respect and Achievement The T.I.A.R.A. Group has served as the interest group of Mu Sigma Upsilon at participating chapters.
Mu Sigma Upsilon's Aretias Graduate Chapter provides the organization with a strong support system through which members become mentors, advisers and great outlets for networking possibilities. The chapter remains actively involved in academic programs at undergraduate chapters as well as surrounding communities with or without an undergraduate chapter.
The chapter also offers interested women the opportunity to join the sorority at the Graduate level and is therefore composed of women who have completed their undergraduate studies as well as those who joined the organization at the graduate level.