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Latina Based Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Expands to HBCU

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Latina Based Lambda Pi Chi Expands to HBCU

Organization establishes chapter at North Carolina Central University


NEW YORK (April 2, 2017) - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated, a Latina based, and not exclusive, organization successfully expands to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, North Carolina, making Lambda Pi Chi the first National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) sorority on campus. NCCU is the Sorority’s first undergraduate chapter at a historically black college and university (HBCU).


On March 25, 2017, five students established the North Carolina Central University Provisional Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated. The effort of establishing the chapter answered a need for women who were seeking an organization that related to their needs as Latina women and offered them a lifetime network of women dedicated to each other and their communities that would transcend the collegiate years. Approximately, 1.8% of NCCU students identify as Hispanic/Latino, and have access to campus based supports and resources for a growing Latino population, now including Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated.

“This expansion effort has truly been a collaborative initiative between the Sorority and NCCU Administration, which we are delighted about,” said Melanie Castro, National Vice President of Expansion. “I would be remiss not to also highlight the welcoming Greek Community at NCCU, which has been instrumental in helping us navigate the new environment.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with NCCU’s Administration and working with other Greek letter organizations to promote scholarship and community service in the area.”

Bringing Lambda Pi Chi Sorority to NCCU was a dynamic partnership with University’s Administration. In the fall of 2016, the Sorority had an opportunity to meet with Administration to discuss the alignment of the Sorority’s Expansion Strategy with the campus and needs of interested women at NCCU. The discussion resulted in a mutual agreement that Lambda Pi Chi would be a vital contribution to campus life and the academic and professional development of interested women. The NCCU Provisional Chapter was successfully guided by current Hermanas (members) Alejandra Galindo, Kiara Aranda, Daysi Hurtado, and Beatrice Paneto; and was locally supported by the Sorority’s Southeast Regional Board and members from other North Carolina chapters.

Our new Hermanas are leaders and have shown tremendous diligence to make their dream of founding the first ever Latinx-oriented Greek letter organization on campus,” said Alejandra Galindo, Intake Coordinator. “[The Sorority] is thrilled to support our newest Hermanas as they embark on a journey of serving the community and educating about Latinx culture.”


Lambda Pi Chi welcomes the North Carolina Central University Provisional Chapter, and introduces new members to the NCCU community with a showcase, Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the McDouglad-McLendon Arena.

The Spring 2017 NCCU Provisional Chapter Intake Class:

Casey Barr-Rios, Hermana Z'ayitzal (Senior, Psychology)

Jasmine Castillo, Hermana Yētlametli (Junior, Psychology and English)

Karen Julissa Villanueva-Sierra, Hermana Rimaz’inati (Junior, Criminal Justice and Spanish)

Sheila Acevedo-Donis, Hermana Melinazq'a  (Senior, Criminal Justice)

Ruth Islas, Hermana K'iānüztli (Sophomore, Criminal Justice)

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) was founded in 1909 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua by Dr. James Edward Shepard. It became the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation. NCCU with a strong tradition of teaching, research, and service, prepares students to become global leaders and practitioners who transform communities. According to the HBCU Digest, NCCU is the 2016 HBCU of the Year. To learn more about NCCU visit, 




About Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. (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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