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Lambda Pi Chi Welcomes New Undergraduate and Professional/Graduate Chapters

Monday, May 6, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Press Release

Contact:
Kathy Mendoza
Director of Branding and Marketing
marketing@lambdapichi.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2013

NEW YORK – Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. had the pleasure of ratifying the organization’s two newest entities, Psi Chapter at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Orangeburg, New York and Pi Iota Professional/Graduate Chapter in North Carolina during their 25thAnniversary celebration weekend.

Psi Chapter, Lambda Pi Chi’s 22nd undergraduate chapter, was established on March 23rd, 2013.  The founding Hermanas (Briana Mosquera, Dominique Scarinci, Vanessa Garcia, and Gabriella Delgado) hail from diverse ethnic backgrounds including Italian-American, Puerto Rican, Columbian, and Ecuadorian.  The chapter founders’ were initiated after years of research and efforts to bring Lambda Pi Chi to the St. Thomas Aquinas College campus.  Alumnae Hermanas and Psi Chapter founders actively worked with the college’s administration to establish a working relationship for the future chapter, spent time getting to know each other, and networked with other organizations to make this dream a reality. The committee, comprised of Hermanas Gisselle Cabrera, Melanie Castro and Vanessa Mieles, dedicated several months to learning about these women and guiding them in their journey to become Hermanas of Lambda Pi Chi. 

Pi Iota Chapter is the 9th Professional/Graduate chapter for Lambda Pi Chi. It was established on March 22nd, 2013 by eight Hermanas of Lambda Pi Chi:  Jackie Aponte, Karen Lopez, Jennifer Kinnebrew, Kathy Weil Mendoza, Rosita Vazquez, Maria Rodriguez, Irene Godinez and Wendy Tapia.  The women, who joined Lambda Pi Chi through various undergraduate chapters including Alpha, Theta, Kappa, Rho, and Phi, saw the need to establish a vehicle in North Carolina that would carry out the Sorority’s mission.  The chapter’s inception resulted from years of private discussions and the decision that a Pi Chapter was needed in the state.  Recognizing the need for a consolidated alumnae presence in North Carolina, these Hermanas united and worked together to fulfill the requirements to establish a professional/graduate chapter.  Thus far they have planned events addressing such topics as personal budgeting, financial planning, community involvement, and healthier nutrition, which is the theme they have chosen for their 2013 events, “Personal Wellness”.

“It is thrilling to see the continued genesis and birth of new chapters on both an undergraduate and professional/graduate level,” said Maria Diaz, President. “It is a clear signal that our Hermandad continues to serve a purpose within a college/university environment and that it transcends that collegiate experience and unites women long after they have completed their undergraduate careers and have become working professionals, mothers, and active members of their communities.”

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The first Latina-focused sorority founded at an Ivy League institution, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was established on April 16, 1988 at Cornell University. Composed of undergraduate, graduate and professional women, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. seeks to unify women through the promotion of community service programs that highlight the contributions of women and people of color with an emphasis on the Latina, and offers opportunities for academic and professional advancement to members of historically underrepresented groups. With 22 undergraduate chapters Lambda Pi Chi looks to expand its network to women of similar fortitude to improve its communities. For more information on Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., visit www.lambdapichi.org. Follow us on Twitter (@lambdapichi) and find us on Facebook (/lambdapichi).