The origins of Hermanos Unidos came from a discussion on the need for a male-oriented Chicano/Latino organization on the UC Berkeley campus in 1989. The purpose of this organization was to provide a support mechanism for incoming freshman and existing Chicano/Latino male students. There needed to be a place where we as hombres could converse on a more personal level and an environment that promoted the achievement of our own distinct goals and our collective goal of empowering our people.
The three foundational pillars of Hermanos Unidos are Academic Scholarship, Social Interaction, and Community Service. Academic Scholarship reflects the primary reason why an Hermano attends an institution of higher learning: to receive a quality education. Community Service represents a Hermano's commitment to community involvement. Social Interaction will seek to make the transition from high school/community college, to undergraduate life less traumatic and more meaningful for incoming Hermanos. Fulfilling the three pillars leads to the development of partnerships and alliances necessary for successfully accomplishing the mission of Hermanos Unidos. Thus, all three pillars should be approached with equal amount of concern, time, and intensity.