Lambda Pi Chi

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Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
ΛΠΧ
Founded April 16, 1988
Cornell University
Type Social
Scope East Coast
Vision statement A lifetime network of Hermanas dedicated to empowering themselves and their communities.
Motto La Hermandad Nunca Termina
Colors Red, gold, black and white
Flower Red carnation
Jewel Fire opal
Mascot Monarch butterfly
Chapters

24 undergraduate, 10 professional/graduate

element = White fire
Headquarters Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 5122

New York, New York
United States
Homepage www.lambdapichi.org

Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated (ΛΠΧ) (also known as Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.) is a Latina-based, but not Latina-exclusive Greek letter intercollegiate sorority founded on April 16, 1988, at Cornell University by five women.[1]

The organization is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

History[edit]

The first Latina-based, but not Latina exclusive, sorority founded at an Ivy League institution, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad /Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was established on April 16, 1988, at Cornell University by Patricia Rivera, Maria Caban, Eva Marie Sosa, Migdalia Franklin and Dr. Irma Almirall-Padamsee. The organization was founded upon three principles: La Cultura Latina (the Latino Culture), La Comunidad (the Community), and La Hermandad (the Sisterhood).[2]

Lambda Pi Chi Sorority was the first Latina sorority incorporated in New York state.[3]

During the Organization's 2015 National Convention, members voted to define member to include gender. This action made Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad /Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., the first National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) to have clear language regarding membership.

On March 25, 2017, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., established their first chapter at a historically black college and university (HBCU) with a provisional chapter at North Carolina Central University. The Organization is the first Latina-based, and not exclusive, Sorority on campus,[4] and the second National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) sorority to establish a chapter at a HBCU.

Philanthropy[edit]

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. focuses on serving the Latino community with an emphasis on the Latina, communities of color, and members of other underserved communities.[5] To do this, the sorority partakes in three public service projects: L.E.A.A.P: Latinas Educating on AIDS Awareness and Prevention and Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. Hacer in Spanish means to make, to build, to do.[6]

On July 14, 2016, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority announced two scholarship opportunities in honor of deceased Hermanas Fanny D. Carela and Gabby Oberti. The two scholarship opportunities are intended to embody the spirit an passion of the Hermanas and also invest in the advancement and education of La Hermanadad (the Sisterhood) and La Comunidad (the Community).[7]

Chapters[edit]

Lambda Pi Chi currently has twenty-four undergraduate chapters and ten professional/graduate chapters:

Undergraduate chapters[edit]

Professional and graduate chapters[edit]

  • Pi Alpha—New York, New York
  • Pi Beta—Washington, D.C.
  • Pi Gamma—Miami, Florida
  • Pi Delta—Upstate New York region
  • Pi Epsilon—Rochester, New York
  • Pi Zeta—Southern California
  • Pi Eta—New Jersey
  • Pi Theta—Boston, Massachusetts
  • Pi Iota—North Carolina
  • Pi Kappa—Long Island, New York

Notable Hermanas[edit]

  • Marinieves Alba: Activist and author. Marinieves has produced cultural events and media throughout the United States and Latin America for institutions including but not limited to the Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center/Africa Diaspora Institute, The Hip Hop Theater Festival/International Hip Hop Exchange (IHX), WBAI/Pacifica Radio, and her moniker The Zol Lab. Marinieves has received numerous honors recognizing her contributions to youth arts, media and activism from the Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation and the GAEA Foundation, among others. She is a co-editor and contributor to Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora (Arte Publico Press, 2012), a ground breaking anthology which documents the experiences and contributions of Afro-Latinas to shaping social justice struggles throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Manuela Arciniegas: Drummer, songwriter, singer and dancer. Manuela specializes in Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican traditional music. She is the recipient of the 2008 Urban Artist Initiative for her work as a female traditional drummer and songwriter. She has performed at venues such as Symphony Space, The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center of out Doors, Queens Theater in the Park, and various others.
  • Patricia Campos: National activist. Patricia has served as national assistant political director for SEIU, national political director for Workers United (the former UNITE), NJ political director for the hotel and restaurant workers union UNITEHERE; national legislative director for the union UNITE and national deputy director for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Because of her unique expertise on trade policy and labor rights, Patricia has served as a labor representative in the USTR Labor Advisory Committee and as a member of President Obama's Transition Team for Trade at USTR in 2008. She currently serves as a board member of PODER PAC, and the NJ LUPE PAC. She has been appointed to serve on boards and commissions such as the NJ Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Port Security Commission of the NY-NJ Port Authority and the NJ Economic Growth Council. Additionally, she served as a board member of the CHCI (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute), Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE Fund), the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, NJ Citizen Action, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and the SHARE Foundation.
  • Patricia Dominguez: Veterinary dentist. She was among the first, and remains one of the few, to become a credentialed veterinary dental specialist through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Patricia has also lectured around the country on topics ranging from veterinary dental awareness for the general public to improving standards of dental programs at each animal hospital. She is a co-contributor of the veterinary dental textbook Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, which was published in November 2012.
  • Awilda Martinez Rodriguez: Vice-president. Awilda is currently vice president, Health East Region for MAXIMUS, Inc., a leading operator of government health and human services programs in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
  • Jennifer Mauskapf: Attorney. Partner of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, a Washington, DC-based law firm nationally recognized for its federal education regulatory and legislative practice. Ms. Mauskapf successfully represented the State of New Mexico before the United States Supreme Court in an agency deference case related to the Impact Aid Program (Zuni Public School District 89 v. U.S. Department of Education).
  • Luivette Resto: Writer. Published two books: Unfinished Portrait and Ascension.
  • Priscilla Townsend: Singer and songwriter. Priscilla has performed in numerous venues and has also released her first album, Chasing Sleep in 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our History | Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". Lambdapichi.org. April 16, 1988. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "History - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". www.lambdapichi.org. Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Facts | Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". Lambdapichi.org. April 16, 1988. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "News: Latina Based Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Expands to HBCU | Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". Lambdapichi.org. April 16, 1988. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "History - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". www.lambdapichi.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Promoting Our Community - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". www.lambdapichi.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  7. ^ "News: Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Establishes Two New Scholarships | Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.". Lambdapichi.org. April 16, 1988. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 

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