The Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on October 8, 1977 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). The inspiration for this Chapter was Mary Hope, a dean at M.I.T., who felt that an effective group was needed through which Black women on predominately White campuses could communicate and help each other.
Lambda Upsilon's membership consists of the college campuses of Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Wellesley College. The charter members are Doris Armour, Celia Berry, Lisa Egbuonu, Pamela Hampton, Helene Hanson, Elaine Harris, Janie Harris, Nola Hylton, Sheila Luster, Leslye Miller, Connie Nathan, Stephanie Posey, Cordelia Price, Yolanda Tanner, Panchita Terry, Deborah Thompson, and Diane Waters.
Through the years, Lambda Upsilon has been committed to sisterhood and service to all mankind. It has participated in community service in the Boston community and has hosted service projects on each of the five platforms.