Hermanos Unidos was conceived as being the first Chicano and Latino Hermandad at the University of California, Berkeley during the Fall semester of 1989. Founded by Angel Ortiz, Eddie Duque, George Alva, and Isaias Martinez, Hermanos Unidos was the name chosen for this familia to serve as a reminder of our goals and needs for our recognition. Although we are bound by common roots and experiences, many of us do not interact with one another on a personal level. This Familia is centered around creating a powerful and sensitive hermandad oriented towards Chicano and Latino cultures (i.e., the indigenous roots of our ancestors, and the modern day 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, Community Service, and Social Networking. Academic 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 will seek to make the transition from high school & community college to undergraduate life less traumatic and more meaningful for incoming 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.