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Frequently Asked Questions
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As with anything else, we know that you are here because you are trying to learn more about our Hermandad. Whether you are a young lady interested in becoming a member, or a parent of a said young lady, or even an administrator, we know there may be questions you have.

Please see below for answers to common questions we receive. We also have a section specifically for parents and administrators with more specific questions.

What are the requirements for joining?

In order to become an Hermana, interested women must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Minimum of 2.5 GPA or the minimum GPA of their collegiate institution, whichever is the highest.
  2. Must be, at least, a first semester sophomore at their college/university.
  3. If an undergraduate, must be enrolled in an accredited 4-year institution.
What do you have to do in order to become a member?

In order to become a member, any interested woman must follow a series of steps to ensure that they learn sufficiently about LPC in order to ascertain their interest, as well as allowing Hermanas to determine if the woman truly embodies the ideals of the Sorority.

Amongst the steps includes an application to become part of an official interest group and participate actively in the interest group. Once this interest group process is over, the woman will have to apply to become a member and, if her application is accepted, she will have to undertake the intake process. During this process, each participating woman will have the opportunity to learn further about herself, the woman she is intaking with, Hermanas and LPC.

How do I get more information on becoming a member?

If you are interested in becoming a member and a Lambda Pi Chi chapter currently exists on your campus or local area, you may contact the chapter directly for more information. To see a list of our undergraduate chapter locations, please click here.

If you are interested in becoming a member and there is no Lambda Pi Chi chapter in your vicinity, or you are not sure who to contact, please contact our Vice President of Expansion via expansion@lambdapichi.org.

You can also reach us at:
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/
Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
P.O. Box 1521
New York, NY 10128
info@lambdapichi.org

Is there a minimum GPA requirement to become a member?

Yes. As with all Latino Greek Organizations that are members of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, our umbrella organization, all new members must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA cumulative GPA prior to joining. Lambda Pi Chi additionally requires that all women interested in joining also have a 2.5 GPA the semester prior to intaking.

How old do I have to be in order to join?

There is no specific age when a woman is eligible to join. Instead, one of the determining factors for joining LPC is that any interested woman must, at least, in her first semester of her sophomore year and have the minimum GPA for the Sorority (2.5 GPA) or the minimum GPA allowed by their collegiate institution, whichever is highest.

May I join as a first year student?

No. Lambda Pi Chi has always felt that all women need that first year to adapt to the changes involved in the transition to college life. We believe that the primary goal of all women attending an institution of higher learning should be to find success in their academic goals; joining a sorority is a valuable, but secondary experience that should compliment and enrich a woman's academic success. Please consider taking your first year to enjoy your new environment and research the different Greek-letter organization options available to you; it is our hope and belief that this will help you make the most of both your education and your life-time commitment to whichever organization you chose.

I’ve already graduated from college and I am pursuing a post-graduate degree. Can I still become a member ?

Yes. Lambda Pi Chi has several active Professional/Graduate Chapters. For more information, please contact the Pi Chapter in your area or our Vice President of Expansion. To see a list of our Graduate/Professional chapter locations, please click here.

I’ve already graduated from college and I am in the workforce/ a professional. Can I still become a member?

Yes. Lambda Pi Chi has several active Professional/Graduate Chapters. For more information, please contact the Pi Chapter in your area or our Vice President of Expansion. To see a list of our Graduate/Professional chapter locations, please click here.

How much do I have to pay in order to become a member?

The Sorority is a not-for profit membership organization which means that our members are financially responsible for the viability of the Organization and the execution of successful programming. This financial responsibility is part of our lifetime commitment. Annual membership fees differ from year to year.

How is LPC different from other organizations?

Explaining how LPC is different from other organizations is different to accomplish through words. The vast majority of Greek-Lettered organizations have a focus on community service. Self-declared Latino-greek lettered organizations have an additional focus on promoting the Latino culture. And then, of course, the concept of brotherhood/sisterhood is inherent in the mere fact that we are a GLO. Further, being that none of us have been in other organizations, making disctinctions is difficult because we have no tangible points of comparison.

What we can say is that LPC is special. The bonds of sisterhood, Hermandad, that we share are ever present and very real. Regardless of where or when Hermanas joined, the mere fact that we are joined by this common organization, that is comprised of women who firmly believe in our ideals and tenets is the glue that binds us. The reality of our organization is that we can have an Hermana that pledged in 1992 in our Alpha chapter invite another Hermana who joined the organization in 2005 at our Kappa chapter (five states apart), and the mere fact that they are a part of our Hermandad created a bond that allows them to meet and treat each other as if they’ve known each other since forever.

It is true. We are a group of very talented, professional, ambitious and diverse women. We come from all walks of life and have embarked in our own personal destinies. But we are a family... and reap the benefits (and sometimes tribulations) of any family. But we cherish the beauty that lies between us; the knowledge that we will always have each other to help us and be there for us.

If my school does not have a chapter of Lambda Pi Chi what is the process for founding a chapter?

If you are interested in expanding Lambda Pi Chi to your school, please contact our Vice President of Expansion via expansion@lambdapichi.org, or by submitting the form on the Interested Women section of this website. She will take your information and also inform you of what the next steps of the expansion process are. Five or more women are needed to begin the IÑACAS Program at a school that does not currently have a chapter of Lambda Pi Chi.

If I am not Latina, should I join LPC?

Lambda Pi Chi is Latina-focused, not Latina-exclusive. We promote the advancement of ALL women. Our Sorority is a vehicle for unity. Through our mission, vision and goals, we strive to unify and empower women by providing a supportive network dedicated to their personal and professional advancement. If you have a dedication to public service and cultural awareness, then your cultural background does not matter. As Hermanas, we stand behind the ideals and values we honor, not just by the color of our skin or flag.

I’m scared that if I join a Sorority, my academics will suffer. How can LPC help with this?

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. believes that the primary goal of all women attending an institution of higher learning should be to find success in their academic goals; joining a sorority is a valuable, but secondary experience that should compliment and enrich a woman's academic success. Our goal is to provide a supportive network dedicated to our members’ personal and professional advancement. For this reason, we have developed programs that allow us to keep track of our members’ grades and their progress. If a member is not performing well academically, we reach out to them and develop a plan to address their issues. Our goal is not to hurt your grades but help you achieve your full potential.

Does Lambda Pi Chi have a brother fraternity?

No, we do not. One of the primary reasons for the founding of our sorority was to have a place for women that was created by women and focused on women. We believe that to have a brother fraternity would, in part, deter from this goal. We do, however, recognize the importance of working with all organizations in order to accomplish our goals and have developed relationships with many Greek-lettered organizations, both fraternities and sororities.

My parents think that Greeks are all about drinking and partying. How can I convince them that LPC is different?

With so many references in television, its common place for our parents, many of which who have never gone to a university here, to believe what they see on TV is the reality.

For starters, our organization has an alcohol policy that forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages at any official undergraduate Sorority event. Although there may be participants, who are of age, we prefer to limit the liability by not allowing alcohol. Likewise, we have policies that require all Hermanas to abide by the laws of their state as they pertain to alcohol consumption.

Although we are a Greek-lettered organization which many associate with partying, our primary focus is community service. That is not to say we do not have parties--we do. But these are, by and large, held at our local universities and are intended as an effort to raise funds so that we can further our programming and service.

Lastly, as an organization of women, we find that upholding standards of professionalism and commitment to our ideals is essential, not only to achieve the goals of our Hermandad, but also to exemplify the quality of women we attract. As such, we are very meticulous in choosing our events, and find that allowing alcohol or any controlled substances as part of our endeavors diminishes this focus.

I saw photos of sisters doing some shape with their hands a lot. What is that?

That is what we call a “Chi”. It is our hand-sign. This is a tradition about GLO’s. We do hand-signs to visually represent our Sorority outside of wearing letters or our colors.