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Why Pi Chi?

Each of our members has their own story about how they learned about Lambda Pi Chi and what led them to pursue membership in our organization. For some of us, it was finding a home away from home as we navigated challenging academic environments, La Hermandad; for others it was finding like-minded people who were dedicated to serving their communities, La Comunidad. And while there are certainly some common themes, with over 1,100 members (and growing), our experiences are quite diverse. We invite you to learn more about our members, what led us to Lambda Pi Chi and what keeps us engaged throughout our lifetime commitment.

Monica Anchundia | Amanda Bates | Michelle Melencio | Karina Ramirez

Monica Anchundia

Monica Anchundia
Hermana Eluñabail
Spring 2012, Gamma Chapter

I never thought I would ever consider sitting at an information session for a sorority. Every time I think about it now all I can really do is just smile. I smile because sitting at my first information session was the start to a beautiful journey. I remember thinking to myself “this is it” and I was sure that this was exactly what I was looking for.

I remember I was going through some personal issues at the time and Hermanas were there for me along the way more than anyone else. It amazed me to see that they gave me a hand when I needed help the most without really knowing me. Hermanas were always welcoming, understanding and accepting which was extremely important to me.

As time passed and I continued to research on the organization I felt like my values and ideas linked to what the organization was about. As a social welfare major I believe that providing help and resources for the community is a big thing in my life. Helping others is extremely important to me and Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. definitely helps the community in ways that are deeply important to me.

Today I am more than happy and grateful for the decision I made. Words cannot explain how thankful I am for the things I have learned and for the bonds I have created with my Hermanas. The things that I have experienced I will always hold deep in my heart because this is something that will stay with me forever because La Hermandad Nunca Termina.

Amanda Bates

Amanda Bates
Hermana Roseniz
Spring 2006, Theta Chapter

I check the White/Caucasian (non-Hispanic) box on forms, tests and in other applicable situations. I don't really have any other options because my roots are Hungarian and Italian.  Where I did find options was in my search for a Greek-lettered organization. I began my search for a sorority late in the undergraduate game; I was a Junior. As an active member in several political and women-focused organizations, I was looking to develop a professional network to assist me following graduation. I perused the organizations within the Panhellenic Association, but the fit was not right. My thought was, if I'm making a lifetime commitment to an organization, I needed to be sure that there is truly a fit.  

The search continued. I then delved into the culturally-focused organizations in both the Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council. Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. immediately caught my eye. While I do not speak Spanish fluently, or even close to badly, I knew what Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad translated to. I was going to have a friend assist me in writing an email in Spanish to the Hermanas to introduce myself and to express my interest. Then I read the FAQs and learned that I did not have to be Latina to pursue membership. I was so relieved! I began pursuing membership and met so many women who were genuine, hard-working, professional, dedicated, and interested in who I was and who I wanted to be. I was not a number or part of a quota. I witnessed Hermanas talking the talk and walking the walk.

In Spring 2006 I earned my membership through the Theta Chapter at The George Washington University. I joined the ranks of campus and professional leaders, activists, doctors, attorneys, managers, administrators, mothers, sisters, friends, teachers, professors, actors, dancers, community organizers, survivors, poets and hundreds of powerful, inspirational women. Though I may check the White/Caucasian (non-Hispanic) box, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. allowed me to think and exist outside the box. It's where I belong and where I feel at home. I'm a woman of strength and a woman of character. I'm an Hermana.

Michelle Melencio

Michelle Hinojosa Melencio
Hermana Zujikañi
Fall 2007, Pi Beta Chapter

I was 19 years old and attending a women's college in Washington, D.C. when I first heard about Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. I wasn't ready for Lambda Pi Chi, but I never forgot about Lambda Pi Chi. After I finished my undergraduate studies, I moved back to my home state of Texas to pursue my Master's in Library Science. Upon completion of my M.L.S., I returned back to D.C. and bumped into a Lambda Chapter founder at a Hispanic Scholarship Fund event. From there, the rest was history. The timing was right. I was ready for Lambda Pi Chi.

When I became a Hermana in the fall of 2007, I was 28 years old, married, and working for a global mass media company. I knew in my heart, that I had more to give to our organization as a professional woman at 28, than as an undergraduate at 19. It's been 5 years since I became a member of our organization. Now at 33 years old, I have a 2 year old daughter. When my daughter is old enough to understand, she'll know exactly why I became a member of Lambda Pi Chi.

What brought me back to Lambda Pi Chi was my admiration for our Hermandad's diversity and the commitment to our community. I am not fluent in Spanish; in fact, there are a lot of Hermanas in our organization who aren't fluent in Spanish. I consider my Hispanic background to be Tejana, but not everyone in our organization is of Hispanic descent. There is one trait that unites us all though: our commitment to our community. We are all involved in our community in so many ways, that it is mind boggling to me to even think of how we all give back to our community. The women in our organization are an inspiration to me, and I am honored to be a part of a sorority where I am surrounded by dedication.

Karina Ramirez

Karina Ramirez
Hermana Viyanite
Fall 2009, Epsilon Chapter

I became an Hermana my senior year at Georgetown University, but my journey to Hermandad began long before that. It was sometime during my freshman year that I met Hermanas and attended a few events. Honestly, it was a love at first encounter moment. I knew that I wanted to become a part of the organization, but I wasn’t academically ready. I also wanted to make sure this was the right organization for me, especially because I was skeptical about sororities and fraternities, so I researched various organizations and always came back to Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi. Sorority, Inc.

The women of Lambda Pi Chi are incredible, high achieving and highly committed to service. The Hermanas themselves are what drew me most to Lambda Pi Chi. It was great to see strong women being leaders on their college campuses and in their professional lives. I saw Hermanas going out to campuses other than their own, and alumni Hermanas showing genuine concern and care for undergraduate Hermanas. It was that exact lifetime
sisterhood that I wanted to be a part of.

Hermandad has truly been a gift. My bonds with Hermanas across the country have continued to hold and grow long after my college graduation. When I moved to New York City after college, Hermanas opened up their homes for me and offered to introduce me to the city as they knew it. This in itself was a kinder gesture than I could have asked for because as a Chicago native, the big East Coast city intimidated me. Now as a graduate student at the University of Chicago, I continue to grow as an Hermana and build relationships with our undergraduate and alumni Hermanas in Chicago and across all of our chapters. I look forward to the years to come, the new relationships I will build, and the impact we will continue to make on our communities.