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KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY TAKES STAND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

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For More Information, Contact:
Paula Arno Martinez, bod4@kappadeltachi.org
 
 
 

KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY TAKES STAND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

LUBBOCK, Texas (May 6, 2018) – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. has announced the creation of a new committee for diversity, equity and inclusion. Responding to larger trends in the country’s social environment, the organization aims to safeguard its sisterhood experience for all current and future members.

The organization is taking a stand against discrimination to provide the best space for its membership and hopes that others in the fraternity and sorority community will do the same.

Together, we can nurture a sisterhood of sisters supporting each other for generations to come,” said the founders of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority in a unified statement.

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Looking for ways to Honor Women's History Month? We got a few.

Looking for ways to Honor Women's History Month?

We got a few ideas.  

By Alicia Bustillos, VP Public Affairs
 

March is Women’s History Month and looking back at some of the amazing things women have accomplished in history (especially in the last year) can bring up some feelings of, what can I do to celebrate Women’s History Month? How can I honor my fellow woman?

Kappa Delta Chi is united through service, and one of the best ways to celebrate this month is by serving your fellow women. Here is one way I plan on celebrating Women’s History Month and a few others that can make a huge impact on your communities.

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Three things we can all do to honor Black History Month in February and beyond

Three things we can all do to honor Black History Month in February and beyond  

 1) Support Black Authors

Children’s books, young adult, novels, the gift of literature pays back in leaps and bounds. Not only are you supporting the author but you share the art of storytelling, especially theirs. You don’t have to just purchase books for your own collection, donate to local schools and libraries. Volunteer to read to children or senior citizens in your community. Some books to look up:

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Rho Chapter sister Samantha Rose Alvarez to be inducted into the Omega Chapter

Rho Chapter sister Samantha Rose Alvarez to be inducted into the Omega Chapter

Kennewick, WA (February 2, 2018) – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is mourning the passing of Rho chapter sister Samantha Rose Alvarez, 31, who passed on December 20, 2017.

Samantha was born December 10, 1986, and attended Washington State University where she studied Women's Studies and Social Sciences. While attending, Samantha was a member of the Rho chapter of KDChi and was initiated in the fall of 2001 as part of the Omicron class.

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Kappa Delta Chi sister appointed to the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. Executive Board

Kappa Delta Chi sister appointed to the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. Executive Board  

Austin, Texas (February 5, 2017) – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of KDChi sister Bel Pedroza, to the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. (NALFO) executive board as Executive Vice President.
Bel is an alumna of the Alpha Iota chapter at Texas A&M International University.  Bel later transferred to the University of North Texas where she graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Criminalistics.  Bel then obtained her master’s degree in 2017 from Tiffin University in Crime Analysis. Bel is currently employed by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Crime Analyst.
Bel is also the current VP of Records on KDChi's National Administrative Council. We are very proud of Bel and know that she will thrive as the NALFO Executive Vice President.Please join us in congratulating Bel on this new and exciting endeavor! 

 

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501 c 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population. 
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Alpha Alpha Charter sister Perla Rodriguez to be inducted into the Omega Chapter

Alpha Alpha Charter sister Perla Rodriguez to be inducted into the Omega Chapter

Wichita, Kansas (November 27, 2017) – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is mourning the passing of Alpha Alpha chapter charter sister Perla Rodriguez, 42, who passed on November 14, 2017. Perla was born June 1, 1975, and attended Wichita State University where she studied criminal justice. While attending, Perla was a single mother attending school full-time while also working to charter the Alpha Alpha chapter of KDChi and was initiated in September of 2001. She also started the Wichita Alumnae chapter in 2015.

She most recently worked as a coordinator of Program Services at Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center and was a small business owner. She was a cornerstone of the community, providing education about sexual violence in Wichita and the surrounding areas.

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Kappa Delta Chi Appoints New Board of Directors Chair

Kappa Delta Chi Appoints New Board of Directors Chair

For Immediate Release
Contact: Alicia Bustillos, VP of Public Affairs
publicaffairs@kappadeltachi.org
 

November 1, 2017 –  Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is proud to announce the assignment of key roles within its Board of Directors. The board annually assesses performance and internally appoints roles to ensure continued development of the organization and its members.  Current appointments are as follows:

  • Akisha Hernandez, Chair/Vice Chair of Finance
  • Naomi Vásquez Chapa, Vice Chair
  • Marrisa Ramirez-Ramos, Recorder
  • Rosie Stewart, At-Large Member
  • Paula Arno Martinez, At-Large Member
  • Cynthia Esparza-Figueros, At-Large Member  

“I am excited to work with the Board of Directors in the new year.  These role changes, along with the newly appointed sisters joining the board, will undoubtedly help to propel our strategic direction,” said Melanie Rodriguez, KDChi president. These sisters bring a wide variety of experience and knowledge and will be a tremendous asset to the BOD as we move forward into a new year of exciting challenges and growth.

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Hurricane Harvey Resources

August 25, 2017

For Immediate Release September 3rd, 2017
Contact: Alicia Bustillos, Vice President of Public Affairs PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org


Hurricane Harvey is currently projected to strengthen as it makes its way towards landfall along the Texas Coast sometime this weekend.

For all our sisters who may be affected, please connect with your local authorities to understand potential impact for your respective locations, and prepare yourselves accordingly.

 A few safety tips:
  • Get Prepared: Take action now to be prepared for hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit and evaluate your flood insurance needs.
  • Know your zone. Evacuations are more common than people realize. Make yourself familiar with your community's evacuation zones, so you'll know exactly where to go.
  • Remember: if a hurricane threatens your community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't hesitate -- go early.
  • Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family and agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency, identify meeting locations, and make a Family Emergency Communication Plan.
  • Download the FEMA app. The FEMA App includes disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips, and a new feature that will enable users to receive push notifications to their devices to prepare.
  • Keep your devices charged up, so that you have a way of contacting family & friends and they have a way to contact you.
  • Don't drive once the heavy rains start – you could get stranded
  • Don't drive through high water; your vehicle will flood
 Specific chapters that could be affected:
Alpha Delta - Texas A&M University at Kingsville
Alpha Beta - University of Texas Pan American
Theta – University of Houston                                          
Alpha Theta - University of Houston Downtown              
Colony - Texas A&M Corpus Christi University
Zeta -  Sam Houston State
Alpha Rho - Lamar University
Xi – Prairie View A&M
Omicron – Texas State San Marcos
 
Flood warnings are anticipated to reach up to 10"-15" can reach San Antonio, TX:
Psi - St. Mary's University
Chi - University of Texas San Antonio
Beta Gamma - Our Lady of the Lake

TAMUCC has confirmed its evacuation and is providing buses to surrounding cities. TAMIU is welcoming students from its sister campus in Corpus Christi and providing refuge from the Hurricane.
 
Emergency contact information:
If you have not confirmed your location with a sister, please contact Regional Director - Maggy Solis (832) 620-4567, who lives in Houston or District Chair 16 - Jessica Saavedra (956) 467-7039, who lives in Corpus Christi.

If you have not already done so, please log onto MemberClicks and update your emergency contact information.
For further information on hurricanes and hurricane preparedness, please refer to the National Weather Service, Texas Emergency Management Office, FEMA, and The National Hurricane Center and please take any necessary precautions to stay safe, Sisters.

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. will support our membership and defend DACA

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. will support our membership and defend DACA

For Immediate Release September 3rd, 2017
Contact: Alicia Bustillos, Vice President of Public Affairs PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org

Sept. 4, 2017 - As a sisterhood dedicated to service, academics, higher education degree attainment, and leadership within our community, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. stands shoulder to shoulder with our members who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Kappa Delta Chi adamantly opposes revoking DACA in any form.  

Unofficial reports are stating President Trump plans to end DACA, with a six-month delay. At this moment we do not know what this means, but we do know Congress must move quickly to protect DREAMers (DACA recipients). We call upon the administration to thoroughly assess the consequences this action will have on many of the brightest minds in our country. They are individuals who are leading the way academically, are contributing to our society and economy, and are proud Americans.  

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Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. denounces hate, intimidation, and oppression

 

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. denounces hate, intimidation, and oppression

For Immediate Release August 13, 2017                               
Contact: Alicia Bustillos, Vice President of Public Affairs 
PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org
 
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. sends our thoughts and prayers to those who have been impacted by the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We vehemently denounce actions of hate, intimidation, and oppression.  It is in these times of turmoil that we must come together as a sisterhood.  We will continue to lead through our foundational values of unity, honesty, integrity, and leadership across the country as we strive to empower sisters to serve and be agents of change in our communities.
“Love one another warmly as brothers and sisters in Christ, and be eager to show respect for one another.” Romans 12:10

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501 c 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population.

KDChi announces Dr. Guadalupe Salazar as an honorary sister

KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY INC. WELCOMES DR. GUADALUPE SALAZAR OF FT. COLLINS, COLORADO AS HONORARY SISTER 

Contact: Gina Garcia Alger, KDChi VP of Public Affairs PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org

July 12, 2017 - Sisters, it is with pleasure that the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.'s National Membership Committee announces Dr. Guadalupe Salazar, Director of El Centro-based in Fort Collins, Colorado as an honorary sister. This distinction is an honor extended to the most extraordinary individuals across the nation. Nominated by KDChi’s Beta Eta Chapter at Colorado State University Fort Collins, Dr. Guadalupe Salazar was selected for her research, empowerment, and for her outstanding contributions to the Latinx community.

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KDChi Pi Chapter earns the UT-Austin Community Building Award

 KDChi Pi Chapter earns the UT-Austin Community Building Award

 
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce that the KDChi Pi Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin has earned the Chapter Community Building Award at the 11th Annual Evening of the Stars Award Reception. This ceremony honors outstanding achievements of student leaders and organizations at the University.
 
The Chapter Community Building Award recognizes the chapter that displays a genuine effort in building community among its own members and across the sorority and fraternity population. Consideration was given to sisterhood or brotherhood events, alumni relations, chapter retreats, and efforts to build community beyond the organizational level.
 
We were notified of the honor by the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life at UT Austin and celebrate KDChi Pi Chapter's consistently giving back to the community. Please click on over to their website to learn more about this chapter. 

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501 c 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population.

To learn more about our sisterhood, please visit KappaDeltaChi.org or engage with us @KDChi.

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Family Tragedy led KDChi Pi Alumna Dina Chavez to develop a sustainable fashion brand

 

Read about a family tragedy that led KDChi Pi Alumna, Dina Chavez to develop a sustainable fashion brand. Original Post and full article available via #Spiritof608 by clicking here

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KDChi announces the passing of Epsilon Chapter Alumna sister Charmaine Bailey, 34

KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY INC. IS HEART-BROKEN TO ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF OUR EPSILON SISTER CHARMAINE BAILEY
 

Dallas, Texas (May 11, 2017) – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is mourning the passing of Epsilon Chapter Alumna sister Charmaine Bailey, 34, who passed suddenly on May 9, 2017. Charmaine was born on December 26, 1982, and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2001 with a Bachelor of Social Work. While attending, she was part of the Kappa Delta Chi’s Epsilon Chapter’s Tau Class that initiated in 2003. She most recently worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Nurse Family Partnership at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Charmaine recently adopted Lila, a beautiful dog from a shelter and is survived by her mother and father. Charmaine's memorial service will be on Sunday, May 21 at 2 pm at the Byrum Funeral Home in Lancaster TX. She will be inducted into Kappa Delta Chi's Omega Chapter at our National Conference in Orlando, Florida in July.

The following words are from a few of her KDChi Epsilon Alumnae sisters, who wanted to share special memories of their sister and dear friend. 

“Charmaine was the sweetest, most caring person anyone could ever ask for. Anything you ever needed she was there for you. She would drop everything to come help a Sister in need. She had a true heart of gold. Our chapter has definitely lost an Angel and a Sister that withheld our values to the highest standards daily.” ~ Tina Wilson.

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KDChi Colony at UNT Starts Mentorship Program, Scholarship Fund for Local School

KDChi's UNT Colony Starts Mentorship Program, Scholarship Fund for Local School

 

For release May 3, 2017
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.'s Beta Pi Chapter at the University of North Texas - Dallas is setting the bar for service and community involvement on campus with its mentorship program at Inspired Vision Secondary School. The women of Kappa Delta Chi recently spoke to the young ladies at Inspired Vision about college readiness and time management. Their sorority’s goal is to motivate these young women and allow them to see that college is possible regardless of circumstance.

Robin Wheeler, an educator at Inspired Vision Secondary School, reached out to the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority at UNT Dallas in hopes of beginning a mentoring partnership aimed at providing additional encouragement for the young ladies of the ‘BFF Club’ to pursue a higher education. The sorority not only agreed to provide the girls at IVSS with a mentoring program, they also decided to set up a scholarship fund to provide assistance and encouragement to their new mentees.

“This wonderful group of college girls “adopted” our BFF Club girls to help mentor and inspire them to pursue further education after high school,” Wheeler said. “We cannot thank them enough for all that they have done and are continuing to do for us.” ~ Robin Wheeler

“We spoke to the ladies about first year college survival and time management,” said senior Erika Navarrete, Sargent-at-Arms Officer of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. “The girls had their eyes lit up and were on the edge of their seats. I felt my adrenaline and heart pump. I was so proud of all of my KDChi ladies who spoke from the heart about our experiences. We truly care for these young ladies because many of us are first-generation college students. We want to be that hand to guide these young ladies. We want to encourage and inspire them to apply to college and know what resources they have.” 

"Being from the same community as the girls at Inspired Vision high school, I instantly felt the passion for helping and guiding them in things I didn't have an opportunity of knowing when I was in their shoes,” said senior Victoria Ramirez, Vice President of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. “It can be tough to find motivation and inspiration to go get a higher education coming from a first generation home. Also with the distractions in the community, it's important that we focus our attention on these students to show them that there is plenty of help out there to pursue a higher education and achieve their goals. We want to empower them and help them become positive role models for other young ladies.” The ladies of Kappa Delta Chi also have started to raise funds in hopes of providing two $500 scholarships to students at Inspired Vision. The sorority plans to hold fundraisers throughout the year to fund the scholarships.  For more information on Kappa Delta Chi, email JenniferContreras@my.unt.eduTo see the full article as it was originally published, click here. 
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501 c 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population.
To learn more about our sisterhood, please visit KappaDeltaChi.org or engage with us @KDChi.

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KDChi Colony at Northern Illinois University (NIU) take part in NIU Cares Day

KDChi Colony at Northern Illinois University (NIU) take part in NIU Cares Day

For release: April 24, 2017

Original content by Sophia Philips of Northern Star

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KDChi Colony at California State University, San Bernadino participates in Spring Carnival

KDChi Colony at California State University, San Bernadino participates in Spring Carnival

By Janet Curiel |Staff Writer| Cayote Chronicle

The John M. Pfau Library lawn was buzzing with excitement for the Spring Carnival held on Wednesday, April 12.

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE), who coordinated the event, also provided food, music and an upbeat atmosphere with DJ Ronnie Gibson, while over 24 clubs and organizations offered a variety of carnival-style games to start the conversation about their organizations. Various student organizations brought their creativity and uniqueness on display; From Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. doing Henna Tattoos to the Kinesiology Student Association creating their own photo booth. One game presented by Lubos Pilipino-American Student Organization was Tinkling, a traditional folk dance that originates from the Philippines. The dance involves the beating, tapping and sliding of bamboo sticks on the ground, while other students attempted to step over and through the moving bamboo sticks. “It brings a lot of attention to all the organizations, and it kind of gets them aware of the opportunities available to them,” said Rachel Lemon, at her table for Grad Days while handing out cotton candy. One quirky game was Bra Pong presented by students from Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., who became official sisters this past fall. “One of our National Philanthropies is actually Breast Cancer Awareness, we saw an opportunity today to come out here at the carnival and we just thought that we would provide awareness for our philanthropy while having fun and playing a game,” stated Brittany Smith. “We put the bras on there and we provided some statistics and facts about breast cancer,” continued Smith.

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KDChi Chi Chapter sister Jacquelyn Reyes learned more about herself at UTSA while helping others

 Commencement Spotlight: KDChi Chi Chapter sister Jacquelyn Reyes learned more about herself at UTSA while helping others 

As we near graduation, let's take a look at one of our KDChi sisters who was featured in the UTSA as a commencement student spotlight. 

(Dec. 1, 2016) -- Meet Jacquelyn "Jackie" Reyes. She's a first-generation UTSA college student looking to lift others up through service to her community.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Reyes was sure that she would attend college there. She changed her mind during her senior year of high school when she met a UTSA representative at a local college fair who shared the unique opportunities that the university offers its students. "The information that I got from UTSA was different than others. It felt more modern," said Reyes. "Every pamphlet emphasized diversity, showed how unique UTSA's student population is, and that spoke to me."

Reyes enrolled at UTSA in 2012. She was immediately enamored by the diversity of the student population and the many opportunities to get involved at the university.

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KDChi Alumna and Texas State Rep. Ana Hernandez speaks about her undocumented experience on the TX house floor

 For release: April 26, 2017

KDChi Theta Chapter Alumna and Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez shares her experience growing up as an undocumented child leading up to a vote on "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Austin, Texas.

State Representative Ana Hernandez was elected in a special election in December 2005 to represent District 143 in the Texas House of Representatives. District 143 covers part of Houston, Channelview and the cities of Galena Park and Jacinto City. She serves on the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and on the House Committee on Pensions. She is currently serving her fifth full term.

Ana was born in Reynosa, Mexico and raised in Pasadena, Texas. She comes from a very close-knit and hardworking family, and is the younger of two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her young son, Gregory Eli.

Ana graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena when she was 16 years old, and received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Houston. During her undergraduate studies, Ana participated in a Peace Corps internship program in South Africa where she worked with local community leaders as they rebuilt their educational system post-apartheid. She went on to receive her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in May of 2004.

In addition to representing District 143 in the Texas House of Representatives, she also practices law at Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson, L.L.P. Ana believes in serving her community and has volunteered and served on the boards of various professional, civic and charitable organizations.

She has received numerous awards and honors including the Texas Association of Bilingual Educator´s "Community Advocacy Award", recognition as a "2014 Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine and a "2014 Distinguished Alumnus" by Sam Rayburn High School, and honored as a champion for women´s health by both Planned Parenthood and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Additionally, Ana has been included in Hispanic Business magazine´s "Most Influential List" and named as one of "20 Latino Democrats to Watch" by the Houston Chronicle."









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KDChi's Alpha Epsilon Alumna Estee Hernandez on helping first-generation college students

KDChi's Alpha Epsilon Alumna and North Florida Active Alumna sister Estee Hernandez shares what shaped her passion for helping first-generation college students pursue higher education degrees. We are so proud of you and thank you for giving back to your community. 

Credit: Florida State University Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards partnered with Tell Your Story.

Take a look at her Youtube video by clicking here. 

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