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Lambda Pi Chi Announces Elizabeth Acevedo as Keynote Speaker for National Convention in Tampa, FL

Monday, May 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Daniela Trammell
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Lambda Pi Chi Announces Elizabeth Acevedo as Keynote Speaker for National Convention in Tampa, Florida

 NEW YORK (May 16, 2016) - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority,                          Incorporated, is proud to announce Elizabeth Acevdeo, an awarding-winning poet, as    the keynote speaker for their upcoming 2016 National Convention in Tampa, Florida.      The 2016 National Convention titled Nuestra Fuerza: Hermanas in Solidarity will  take place July 29 through July 31, 2016 at The Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel in  Tampa, Florida.

 Acevedo is an award winning performer, educator, and author and was selected by  Lambda Pi Chi in alignment with their 2016 National Convention theme. Her performance  and written works celebrate her passion for culture, womanhood, and the love of her city  roots which complement the Sorority’s Ideals of La Comunidad (the community), La  Hermandad (the sisterhood), and La Cultura Latina (the Latino culture). She  unapologetically uses her words as declarations of her identity and these affirmations can  be heard in pieces like “Hair,” “The Unmaking,” and “Afro-Latina.”

 "I am incredibly excited to be the keynote speaker at Lambda Pi Chi Sorority's Convention!  I think it's so imperative to have a space where women can come together and consider  the theme, Nuestra Fuerza: Hermanas in Solidarity, and how the message of uplifting one  another must transcend lines of race, ethnicity, class, and even Greek affiliations as we try  to create a better world through united strength," remarked Elizabeth Acevedo.  

 Nationally and internationally renowned, Acevedo commands broadcasting platforms like    BET, Mun2, and TED Talks, and has graced the stages of the The Lincoln Center, Madison  Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre,  and the Bozar Center of the Arts in Belgium. Her viral poetry videos have provided a  familiar voice for many Latina women and have elevated discussions of identity to platforms like PBS, Latina Magazine,  Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, and Upworthy.  

 “Elizabeth Acevedo’s voice amplifies many tones within our diverse organization,” said Chris Diaz, national vice  president of Lambda Pi Chi and the national executive board’s liaison to the national convention committee. “By  focusing on our shared values with empathy rather than sympathy, we can sincerely add strength and power to our  movements.” 

 Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her  beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and a  Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave  Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. Her work was published or is  forthcoming in the Notre Dame Review, Callaloo, Puerto Del Sol, Poet Lore, and Beltway Quarterly. Her manuscript,  Beastgirl will be published by Yes Yes Books’ in the September 2016.  



About Lambda Pi Chi (LPC)  
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. Comprised 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 offer opportunities for academic and professional advancement to members of historically underrepresented groups.  

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