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29 Years Later Lambda Pi Chi Remains Invaluable

Monday, April 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Daniela Trammell

National Vice President of Marketing




29 Years Later Lambda Pi Chi Remains Invaluable

NEW YORK - April 17, 2017 - Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated, was established April 16, 1988 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and was the first Latina-focused sorority founded at an Ivy-league institution. The Sorority was founded by Irma Almirall-Padamsee, Maria Caban, Migdalia Franklin, Patricia Rivera, and Eva Marie Sosa-Grandison. These five women strove to create an organization that would transcend their collegiate experience and consolidate their strength as responsible leaders of the community. They worked diligently to develop an impactful organization, whose mission and goals would encompass the experiences of all women, but especially those of U.S. Latinas and whose ideals would nurture the growth of its members throughout their lives. In the nearly three decades of providing a lifetime network for women, with an emphasis on the Latina, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated, has been able to meet the needs of Hermanas (Sisters) and remain relevant. The Sorority continues to be a value-based organization offering a diverse and inclusive Hermandad (Sisterhood) while serving as a vehicle for women to empower themselves and their communities.

“Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., provided crucial support for me when I was an undergrad at Cornell University, said Cristina Banuelos, president of Lambda Pi Chi. “The network of support I found through the Sorority, did indeed transcend my collegiate experience and continues to support me through personal and professional ups and downs.  Every year, as new amazing women enter the organization, this network grows and strengthens and as we navigate a tumultuous political and social climate when many of our communities are vulnerable, this support network is invaluable.”

Since Lambda Pi Chi’s founding the Sorority has expanded to 24 undergraduate and 11 graduate chapters across the country, answering an appeal from women throughout the United States. This past March 2017, Lambda Pi Chi successfully established a chapter at a historically black college and university (HBCU), by chartering the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Provisional Chapter in Durham, North Carolina, providing an additional resource for women on that campus. In addition to expansion, Lambda Pi Chi continued to fill a critical obligation to the many and diverse Hermans who comprise the Sorority. There are 80 plus countries, nationalities, and ethnicities represented within the Organization as well as members of many faiths and non-belief systems. In August 2015, members also voted to update language within Sorority Constitution to more appropriately define membership eligibility and affirm the inclusion of all individuals who identify as a woman.

“Nearly 100% of our undergraduates graduate and many continue to pursue advanced degrees. These academic achievements are allowing our members to have a significant impact on the communities we serve. We continuously encourage our Hermanas to use the network we have built not only amongst ourselves but with our fellow Latinx Greek brothers and sisters to be change agents in our society.” said Maria Diaz, former president
of Lambda Pi Chi President (2010 -2013) and current president National Association of Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).   

This past Sunday, April 16, 2017, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., celebrated 29 years of Hermandad. Many of the Organization’s chapters use the weeks prior or post anniversary to commemorate the Sorority’s establishment, more commonly referred to as “Pi Chi Week.” During the week, chapters provide an array of programming such as cultural celebrations; professional development and panels; community service; fundraising; and social activities. This time is also used to reflect on the barriers the founders encountered as Latinas at a predominantly white institution and the commitment made to improving opportunities for the women of the next generations. While much progress has been made in empowering Hermanas and the community, a number of concerns the founders had remain relevant today. Through chapter, regional, and national programming as well as professional and personal achievements, Hermanas of Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated endeavor to create opportunities for advancement, civic engagement, and community investment, and they are supported by the Sorority’s commitment to “La Hermandad” (Sisterhood), “La Comunidad” (Community), and “La Cultura Latina” (Latino Culture).


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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