Hermanos Unidos was founded by Angel Ortiz, Eddie Duque, George Alva, and Isaias Martinez as the first Chicano and Latino Hermandad at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. Currently, Hermanos Unidos operates at various campuses. Hermanos Unidos was the intentional name chosen for this Familia to serve as a reminder of our goal to create a powerful and sensitive hermandad oriented towards Chicano and Latino cultures (i.e., the indigenous roots of our ancestors, and the Movimiento).
Only by learning our history can we preserve it, understand it, and ultimately add on to it. Hermanos Unidos will strengthen the Movimiento as a whole by working toward the self determination of the Chicano and Latino community.
The three pillars of Hermanos Unidos are Academic Excellence, Community Service, and Social Engagement. Academic Excellence reflects the primary reason why an Hermano attends an institution of higher learning: to receive a quality education. Community Service represents an Hermano’s commitment to community involvement and giving back to those who helped us get to where we are today. Social Networking represents intentionally amplifying Hermandad to further productive and professional relationships amongst or facilitated by Hermanos. The fulfillment of the three pillars leads to the development of “El Nuevo Hombre”, which is the individual and collective goal of this organization.
Vision: Increase the number of Latino males matriculating and graduating successfully from four-year institutions of higher education.
Mission: To advance young Latino males into academic scholars, community leaders, and young professionals. By instilling the values represented through our three pillars – Academic Excellence, Community Service, and Social Networking – our members will work to breakdown individual flaws and societal pressures strive to become “El Nuevo Hombre.”