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KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY INC. & POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
Q & A with BOD Chair Ruby Alvarado Hernandez
(Main content originally published in The Fall 2012 Emerald Magazine)

 
Can a KDChi chapter be politically active in a campaign or a political party? 
A KDChi chapter can be active in voter registration initiatives, and various legislative items, i.e. raising tuition and fees/lowering state assistance to the universities. However, as a chapter and as an agent/representative of Kappa Delta Chi you cannot actively assist in an individual's campaign or a political party's platform. An example of this would be, I as Ruby Alvarado Hernandez, can volunteer for the Green Party and the presidential candidate they have, however I cannot wear KDChi paraphernalia while going door to door to advocate for this candidate, nor can I contact others as a member of Kappa Delta Chi to advocate for a particular candidate or party platform. In addition, I cannot, "as a chapter" of Kappa Delta Chi, endorse a particular candidate or party ticket/platform.

If I'm a KDChi sister who is very passionate about a certain political or environmental cause, are there any restrictions to wearing my letters to participate in a political event?
You cannot as an agent/representative of our organization advocate for a particular political party or its candidate(s). This is a time when you can sit back and take a litmus test of sorts. Would someone be able to make the assumption that you are taking a stand for a particular candidate as an agent of our organization if you are wearing our paraphernalia? If the answer is yes, don’t wear the shirt. In situations such as these, one needs to keep in mind why you are wearing letters to such an event, Is it an event that the chapter has voted on to take a stand on (see the political activities policy) or is the shirt you just happened to grab that morning, or are you trying to make a point by showing that you are a member of a Greek Letter Organization? If your chapter has already voted against taking a stand on a particular issue, I would suggest not wearing your letters. Wearing your letters indicates pride in our organization, and although you may have particular political leanings they may not always fall in line with those of the organization or all of its members. 

Can KDChi as a national organization or chapters take a partisan stance on issues?
As a national organization we have chosen to stand down on certain political issues because we are composed of members from all walks of life with varying beliefs and political leanings. We, as an organization, try to be inclusive of all and taking stances as an organization would restrict us from that. With the aforementioned rules, the national organization is trying to ensure is that we follow IRS regulations to maintain our 501 (c) 7 status. And that status does limit what we can do and who we can and cannot advocate for.  That being said there are some issues that our national organization or an individual chapter may want to take a stand against, i.e. raising tuition. There is a procedure in place in the political activities policy (Check memberclicks and your governing documents) where individual chapters can discuss and vote to take a stand on a particular issue. Roberts rules of order apply.


Q- Am I allowed to run for office and serve my community while being an officer of KDChi on a chapter/regional or national level?

Yes you can, in fact we've had many sisters serve in their local and statewide legislative boards and who are currently serving on a variety of levels.  Keep in mind you are not allowed to use KDChi funds, emails for campaign purposes or resources toward your campaign. Also, you're not allowed to bill KDChi mileage if you're attending a campaign event, just because you met with a chapter there. Also, we have quite the network of sisters, and although you can ask individuals to help with your campaign, chapters and agents/representatives of Kappa Delta Chi cannot campaign for you. So please make sure if sisters are helping you with your campaign there are doing so as individuals and not as members of Kappa Delta Chi.

Q- If I'm a KDChi sister who's interviewed about a cause and I'm wearing my letters or KDChi paraphernalia, what do I have to keep in mind when doing interviews?
Often times news reporters appear on campuses, at the mall, even at our places of business, and if you are wearing your KDChi letters you are still more than welcome to answer
any questions they may have regarding your own PERSONAL views. Now if they happen to know KDChi is a Latina based sorority and they start asking you something about our stance on
i.e. education, immigration, the key would be to make it clear that your responses are your individual views. For instance, you could say "My personal view is..." Don't speak for the
organization or the chapter on an issue unless the NAC/BOD has approved it or the chapter on their own has chosen to take a stance formally on a particular issue.
 
KEEP IN MIND SISTERS the national organization is not trying to prevent our members from being engaged. As passionate, informed women, we encourage all members to stand for what you believe in. Take a look at the political activities policy as it details the organizations limitations for political activities and feel free to email your BOD Chair Chair@KappaDeltaChi.org for any questions. 

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. 
More information on KDChi is available at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and @KDChi. 

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Kemah, Texas (Dec. 7, 2016) – Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is mourning the passing of Alpha Epsilon Chapter charter sister Valerie Estrada Campos, 37, who passed on November 17, 2016 from liver complications. Valerie was born on April 15, 1979 and attended Baylor University and studied forensic science. While attending, she was a charter member for the KDChi, Alpha Epsilon Chapter that initiated in Spring 2004. She most recently worked in the Veteran's Affairs in Houston, Texas where she contributed countless hours to helping rehabilitate veterans from all walks of life.  Valerie is survived by her two children Kayden and Dora. She will be inducted into KDChi's Omega Chapter at our next National Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The following dedication is from a KDChi Alpha Epsilon Alumna sister and co-worker of Valerie's, Janisa Del Hierro, who wanted to share some special memories about her dear friend. 

Today I honor the memory of Valerie Campos as a Kappa Delta Chi sister, co-worker, and most of all a great friend.  I have known Valerie since the fall of 2004 when we both attended Baylor University.  She and I were both working towards degrees in Forensic Science and spent countless hours studying in the library with other sisters and students. Our study group became our family and community away from home as well as a support group that got us through the struggles and challenges of college life. She told me the most hilarious stories and always made us laugh.


Our friendship grew even closer as we spent a great deal of time in
volved in sorority events and meetings. She was a charter member of the Alpha Epsilon chapter where she served as Treasurer, a position she would pass on to me when she graduated.  She eventually became my “big sister” and not only mentored me as a sister but helped me transition into college life at Baylor.  The sorority served as a way to give back to the Waco community.  

We participated in several service projects and volunteered our time working with the local homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, the Susan B. Coleman foundation, and also participated in “Stepping Out”, Baylor’s school wide service day.  I know Valerie also became involved working and training with the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims & Children.  This organization was very important to her as it provided a 24-hour crisis hotline as well as counseling and case management for crime victims.  She regularly volunteered and became part of the suicide hotline personnel.  She

was always looking for a way to give back.  Not only was she a good and hardworking student, but her loyalty, honesty, and integrity made me consider her one of my closest friends. 

After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Houston and later became an employee at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).  She started a family and even managed to complete her graduate degree in Counseling while raising her children and working full time.  When I found out about her new job, I knew it was a perfect fit for her because she was always looking for a way to help others.  Coincidentally, I also was lucky enough to get a job with the VA at their Waco Regional Office in August of 2007.  In July of 2010, I transferred to the Houston Regional Office, and was reunited with my close friend.  Over the course of my time at the VA, I saw Valerie excel.  She took her job seriously and performed it well, helping countless Veterans.   Due to her job performance, she was selected to be a quality review specialist where she regularly led station training.  In the twelve years of knowing Valerie, she always managed to keep her friendly and professional persona.  

It was heartbreaking to learn Valerie’s health had declined.  She fought an extremely brave fight, and it is difficult to say goodbye to such a wonderful person at such a young age.  In these difficult times, I extend my sincerest condolences to Valerie’s children and family.   Although she is gone, I think it is important to remember all of the great moments we shared and honor the life she had.  She did so much with her short time on this earth.  She was a kind, loving, and deserving person.  She helped so many people in her community to include women, children, and Veterans.   We can take comfort in knowing she is in a better place that is free of pain, struggle, and illness.  However, her fun loving spirit, laughter, and friendship will be greatly missed.

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For Immediate Release Dec 5, 2016                               
Contact: Gina Garcia, KDChi VP of Public Affairs
PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org

  

KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR NALFO’S 2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS
  

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 National Association of Latino Fraternal Organization (NALFO) Awards given out over the weekend. We are so proud of our sisters who earned the following honors.

Graduate Chapter of the Year - KDChi’s North Florida Alumnae Chapter

This award was given in recognition of an alumni chapter who has demonstrated excellence in community service, quality of programming for alumni members, and has demonstrated a commitment to the Latino community as a whole.

Rising Professional – Barby Moro, KDChi’s North Florida Alumnae Chapter (at left)

This award was meant to recognize aspiring professionals or entrepreneurs who embody the standards of the Latino Greek Community through their professional accomplishments and community involvement.

Each year NALFO, an umbrella organization made up of 16 national organizations meets with representatives from their member organizations to receive updates from the NALFO commission, as well as to continue developing the NALFO strategic initiatives. The meeting was held in conjunction with the association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts from November 30-December 3.

In addition to the meetings that are held, an awards ceremony is held to recognize outstanding talent among the member organizations and to highlight the progress they are making in their communities. Congratulations sisters! We are so proud of you all and we hope your initiatives and community service driven spirit inspires others in their communities and beyond.

Kappa Delta ChiSorority, 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.

More information on KDChi is available at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and @KDChi

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For Immediate Release Dec 2, 2016                               

Contact: Jessica Juarez, KDChi Official Vendor contact
Vendors@KappaDeltaChi.org
 

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is excited to announce the newest extension to the Greek paraphernalia buying experience, FindGreek.com!

Licensing is an important aspect of protecting our national organization’s brand and image. By purchasing licensed products, you are ensuring that the integrity and ownership of our trademarks are protected. We strive to provide our members, friends, and family with a diversity of high quality products at reasonable prices.

There is now a new and exciting way to easily access these products is FindGreek, the new app and website. FindGreek is customized to Kappa Delta Chi, showing the best and most unique licensed products on the market. Both the app and website are easy to use, with many features such as “collecting”, “liking”, sharing, and making it easier than ever to buy your favorite KDChi products.

Sisters can now shop for licensed Greek products on any device. FindGreek.com will continue to grow their licensing program and make products easily accessible to everyone.  Kappa Delta Chi Sorority has our own unique URL, designed just for us! Please visit https://findgreek.com/kappadeltachi or download the app on your Apple or Android device.

Please note a full list of official vendors can also be found on our national website via http://www.kappadeltachi.org/kdchi-supply-vendors.We encourage sisters to be in touch with our vendor contact should you see anyone trying to profit off of our name and likeness. If you see anything online that you believe to be not authorized please email Jessica Juarez.

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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Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is so proud of our KDChi Alpha Gamma, Charter Alumna Ariana Stein for her Forbes write up of her co-creating, Lil Libros! Her books are sold at Target nationwide, on Amazon.com and were a special featured as raffle items at our 2016 National Conference in Austin, Texas. This Forbes feature is only the beginning of her success and we're so happy to celebrate her accomplishments! Congrats sister! Interested in the books? Feel free to order here: http://www.lillibros.com/

How Being Underestimated Drove These Two Latinas To Publish Lil' Libros

Have you ever dreamed of going into business with your best friend? Does it stay a dream, or in your mind does it turn into a nightmare? Ariana Stein and Patty Rodriguez, have been best friends since the age of twelve and will happily tell you that adding a business level to their friendship was the best decision they’ve collectively made.

After becoming moms, the duo kickstarted a business partnership with one goal in mind — creating the bilingual children’s book series that every Latina mom would love.

“The books aren’t designed to give lengthy, in-depth history lessons, as they’re only 22 pages long,” explains Ariana. “Instead the goal is to teach the basics, introduce them to culture, and motivate kids to continue learning additional words and languages. The books have always been about starting the bilingual learning journey with subjects that parents feel a connection with.”

Since its launch, Lil’ Libros has steadily become a presence on the shelves of Targets and local bookstores alike. The journey to getting Lil’ Libros on those bookshelves though has not been an easy one.

In her episode of Creating Espacios, Patty stated, “I think there’s so much strength that can be drawn from a bad day” and told a handful of stories of the ups and downs of building a business with her best friend.

But, those small glimpses weren’t enough. Here’s a full look at how Ariana and Patty describe their entrepreneurial success with Lil’ Libros.

How did Lil’ Libros get its start? 

Ariana Stein: It was our passion to ensure our children were raised to be bilingual.  Being best friends and knowing each other’s background, both being first generation Latinas, made it easier for us to decide to do this together.

Patty Rodriguez: Ariana and I have known each other since we were 12 years old.  We’ve always tried creating something together.  There was a time when we actually worked on a hot dog start-up!  We were probably 18 at the time.  And then there was a time when David Beckham arrived to the states; it was such a big deal back then, we took it as an opportunity to capitalize on it, we ended up making shirts inspired by him!  That didn’t turn as planned, but we did it! I think Ariana’s husband still wears the shirts! So I feel that this was always meant to be.

AS:  That’s not it! We also started a bilingual entertainment site.  This was actually picking up steam, and going the direction that we wanted it to go, but we weren’t passionate about it.  I think this is why it failed, but everything is a lesson.  Had we not had the hot dog business, shirt business, entertainment website, we wouldn’t have Lil’ Libros.

How would each of you define Lil Libros mission? 

AS: Our mission has always been to introduce bilingualism and encourage parents to read to their children at the earliest age by focusing on subjects they are familiar with, and making it as fun and rewarding as possible. 

PR: Each book we are creating is a seed. A seed we hope a parent plants at home with their child. We want parents and children to love to read, to create those moments together.

What’s been the biggest entrepreneurial lesson you’ve learned since starting Lil Libros? 

AS:  To be fearless. Not be afraid to ask for anything. The worst thing that you can hear is the word “no.”Rejection can be hurtful and discouraging but this is what makes us stronger. Stronger to succeed and prove everyone that anything is possible.

What’s key to keep in mind when going into business with a friend?

AS: Keep in mind when going into business with a friend that sometimes you won’t see eye to eye on certain things. People have different personalities and different perspectives. The only advice we can give is that you need to make sure you will be there for each other no matter what.  It’s like a marriage.  If something bothers us, we talk about it, and move on.   

PR: You can easily start your own business all by yourself, but what’s the fun in that?  I think there is no better feeling than sharing every milestone and setbacks with the person you love. 

How are the responsibilities divided between you both? 

AS: Patty manages the media and creative portion of the business. I manage the business operations. However, we both do a little bit of everything from creating content, shipping, logistics, etc. We just ensure our areas of expertise are well achieved.

Describe the process of getting a book from idea to bookshelf.

AS: It begins from deciding on a subject, to creating our ideas on a manuscript, meeting with our illustrator and ensuring she understands what we are trying to achieve.  Every book has a story behind it and it’s just a matter of making sure that story is portrayed accordingly with our content and illustrations. Once we finalize the manuscript, we send it off to our printing company.  The printing process alone can take anywhere from 2-4 months.  Once the books arrive into our office, we begin our fulfillment process to get them into the bookshelves.

What is in the works for Lil’ Libros in the next year? 

PR: There will be two additional titles coming out in Spring of 2017.  These titles are currently in the making!

Describe a moment when you had to hold fast to the dream of Lil’ Libros because of a particularly difficult roadblock? 

AS: The idea was initially submitted to the biggest publishing houses in the country, hoping to have them picked up and published.  However, that didn’t work out as planned.  It was then when Patty reached out to me to start this together. 

PR: Submitting the idea to these publishers, and then them coming back to me with “no’s” was really discouraging.  It makes you think whether the idea was even good to begin with. However, I really believed, in my heart, Lil’ Libros was needed in our community.

How have you perfected Lil Libros pitch? 

PR:  Our pitch is our story. We call it the example of the American dream, two mothers, each raised by Mexican immigrants, on a mission to encourage parents to read to their children at the earliest of ages.

What pieces of advice would you give to an entrepreneur who is just starting out? 

AS:  Don’t give up. If you fail, get back up and start all over again.  This is what will make you stronger and mold you to the person you want to become. If you have an idea, you’ll never know its potential unless you go for it.  Take the leap.  You’ll be surprised what you’re capable of doing.

PR: Believe in magic and believe in yourself. Have fun.  When you have fun, everything works out.

Listen to more of Lil’ Libros story in Patty’s Creating Espacios episode here.

Read the full Forbes Magazine Article by clicking here.

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For Immediate Release: July 9, 2016
Official statement from Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. on the recent tragedies:
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Community and friends:
In our distress at the fatal shootings recently, we must once again ask ourselves, how do we respond? How can we work together for justice and peace when we find ourselves so deeply divided? How do we overcome violence and racism when tragedy upon tragedy reopens our own deepest wounds?
As the leaders of a multicultural family, we offer one word: Solidarity.
 
Solidarity with our Black sisters
Solidarity with our Afro-Latina sisters
Solidarity with our mixed-raced sisters
Solidarity with our sisters who are police officers and mourn their blue blood families
Solidarity with all of our neighbors and loved ones who are enduring the emotional toil that violence brings
In solidarity, we recognize our shared humanity in all of its joys, hopes and sufferings. In solidarity, we strive to bear each other’s dreams and each other's wounds. Our common humanity, our desire to live in peace, and our basic human needs all bind us together. In solidarity, we walk together on the path of peace.
Let us remember there are no right answers or immediate solutions that our words alone can provide. Let's not forget we are family and we need to respect all of our sisters, backgrounds, beliefs and emotions at this time.
 
KDChi's National President, Melanie Rodriguez shares the following words as she tries to absorb and respond to the violence that has erupted.
 
"As I read the news of the horrific events that have plagued our country in the last few days I am deeply saddened. In many ways I feel helpless. However, I also see a shift in the words I read from others. If there is one thing that has resonated with me it’s that social media is an outlet for people to vent and express their feelings about what has happened. But the real work comes offline. Where we as individuals take those emotions and reactions and put them into action. In my mind there is no one answer. There is no one leader of one movement that will change the world. Change begins with each and every one of us. No matter how big or small every action that we take has an impact on someone, somewhere."
 
We encourage those who need help or who are feeling distressed to seek help using the following resource American Psychological Association or other similar resources in your local community.
 
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. stands in solidarity and sends prayers to the family and victims of all of those who've lost their lives or been affected by these tragedies.
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For Immediate Release June 24, 2016                               

Contact: Gina Garcia, Vice President of Public Affairs 

PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org

 

KAPPA DELTA CHI ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW CHAPTERS

LUBBOCK, TX - Kappa Delta Chi is proud to announce the addition of four newly inducted chapters to our national sisterhood. These groups have worked tirelessly to prove to their campuses and surrounding communities that they truly uphold the values of unity, honesty, integrity and leadership. We are so proud to have them aboard to make even more impact in the communities we serve.

This fall, four additional chapters will return to their respective campuses to represent Kappa Delta Chi Sorority around the nation. At this summer's KDChi National Leadership Conference held in Austin, Texas June 10-12, Our KDChi family officially inducted Beta Lambda chapter at the University of California, Merced, Beta Mu chapter at Portland State University, Beta Nu chapter at Emporia State University, and Beta Xi Chapter at the University of South Carolina.

 
 

KDChi, Sigma Chapter Alumna Andrea Flores worked closely with the groups to bring them through the process. "Each group was persistent in bringing KDChi to their respective universities. If an obstacle arose preventing them from moving forward, they'd brainstorm ways in which to keep the members motivated and engaged. I hold each chapter in high regard and have no doubt that they will have successful futures on campus and in the community," Flores shared.

KDChi’s National Conference served as a celebration for the newly inducted chapters and an opportunity for these women to connect with other sisters and feel the energy of such a powerful network of women leaders. KDChi National President, Melanie Rodriguez was among the first to congratulate and hug the newly inducted chapter members. “We are so excited to have these groups of women become official chapters of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. The energy, passion, and dedication these women have shown in growing their respective chapters has been inspiring,” she excitedly said.

As these new chapters return to their respective campuses this month, none will feel alone. They will know they have sisters to reach out to not only for advice but for anything they need. And after attending this summer's National Leadership Conference, each one will have made friendships to last a lifetime.  If you or someone you know is interested in starting a new Kappa Delta Chi Sorority chapter, contact KDChi's National External Recruitment Officer, Claudia Salinas at extrecruitment@kappadeltachi.org

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-founded, 501(c)7, national sorority that fosters professional development, academics, lifelong learning, and higher education degree attainment; an organization dedicated to community service to institutions of higher education and the community with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population. You may visit us on the web at www.KappaDeltaChi.org.

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For Immediate Release June 13, 2016                               

Contact: Gina Garcia, Vice President of Public Affairs 

PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org

 

 

 

KAPPA DELTA CHI STANDS IN UNITY WITH ORLANDO, FL AFTER MASSACRE

Statement issued by Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

National President, Melanie Rodriguez

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Orlando. We pray for the families of those who lost their lives. We pray for the hearts, minds, and bodies of those on the ground helping the community to recover. Finally we pray for peace in a world where turmoil rises.

However we know that prayer and action cannot be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive.  We encourage our sisters to take part in blood drives in their local communities and assist where there is a need.  May we all take action and do our part to help those in need.”

More information on the KDChi is available at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and @KDChi.

 

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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• For immediate release 6/11/16 - Gina Garcia, VP of Public Affairs

KAPPA DELTA CHI INDUCTS MARINE RETIRED MAJOR GENERAL AS AN HONORARY SISTER 

 

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce and congratulate Retired Marine Major General, Angie Salinas on her induction as an honorary sister of Kappa Delta Chi while in Austin, Texas. The ceremony took place during the National Conference and was attended by national leadership and those in attendance.

The relationship between Salinas, now CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, began in 2012 at KDChi's 25th year while at the Annual National Conference held in Lubbock, Texas, the home of the first chartered chapter of the sisterhood. Salinas was part of the Marine troop who was then sponsoring a portion of the organizational leadership conference and was a guest speaker at the luncheon. While attending, then still active in the Marines, Major General Salinas, the first and highest ranked Latina ever to hold the position in the Marines asked to stay and attend some of the workshops being held at the national conference. She immersed herself into the network, found life long friends and asked how she could be more involved in this sisterhood she felt made such a difference in young women's lives. It was then that the forever relationship was formed.

Upon taking the oath as a KDChi, Salinas chuckled and shared that her experience as a marine taking the oath, and now overseeing the oath of little girls as young as three years old who take the oath as part of the Girl Scouts has her well prepared to commit and immerse herself into the Kappa Delta Chi Tradition.

KDChi is so proud to welcome CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas to our sisterhood with open arms and we look forward to building on this relationship. More information on the KDChi is available at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and @KDChi.

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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For Immediate Release Feb. 29, 2016                              

Contact: Gina Garcia, Vice President of Public Affairs 

THE CITY OF RENO, NEVADA CELEBRATED KDCHI DAY FEBRUARY 27

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to congratulate and announce that the city of Reno, Nevada celebrated KDChi day this weekend.

In recognition of the KDChi’s Alpha Eta Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno, for their outstanding work and contributions to the community, Saturday, February 27, 2016 was proclaimed “Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Day” in Reno, Nevada.

The City of Reno’s Vice Mayor Oscar Delgado said "University leadership is an integral part of our community and I commend the women of Kappa Delta Chi for their selfless service to our City", he continued, "I look forward to presenting their proclamation at their Western US Regional Conference."

KDChi’s National President Melanie Rodriguez shared her excitement upon hearing the news, “We are overjoyed that the City of Reno has acknowledged the hard work and dedication of our Alpha Eta Chapter.  The service that this chapter provides is a great example of what it means to be a KDChi, empowering others by giving back to the local community.”

The KDChi’s Alpha Eta Chapter was founded on December 19, 2004 and has grown to be an organization with a reputation of service and impact. The chapter is hosting their Regional Conference April 26-April 27 at the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
The Chapter President, Alexis Lua, will receive the proclamation on behalf of the sorority and said it will be a day of celebration. "Saturday will be a very special day for our sisterhood and I am happy we will be sharing this moment with more than 60 sisters at our regional conference."
 More information on the KDChi is available at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and by following us on twitter @KDChi

 

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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For Immediate Release Feb. 17, 2016                               

Contact: Maggie Dominguez, Vice President Leadership Development

 

KAPPA DELTA CHI ANNOUNCES GUEST SPEAKER FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

 

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce our the 2016 Emerald Gala Keynote Speaker:

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. Founder, Irene Montoya Robinson 

Conference attendees and guests will have an opportunity to hear the story of the initial vision of the Four Founders and how they executed plans to turn those visions into a reality. She will share with attendees how the sisterhood has influenced her professional career and personal life, her personal thoughts and feelings on the legacy that she has left with the sisterhood, what it has become, and what it will continue to be.

The KDChi National Conference Committee is pleased to welcome sisters this summer to the 2016 leadership conference taking place in Austin, Texas from Friday June 10 until Sunday June 12.

Get ready to join sisters from all across the country for terrific networking, sisterhood bonding, dancing and an amazing learning experience that will build on the theme, Creating Your Legacy.

More information on the KDChi National Conference is available at Conference.KappaDeltaChi.org

 We are also online at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and at @KDChi

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KDChi Florida Sister receives the MLK Book Stipend Award

Sophia Rahming, a doctoral student in the Higher Education program, was one of six Florida State University students who received the 2015-2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Book Stipend Award. She was presented this award at “An Evening with Jelani Cobb” as part of FSU MLK Week.

The purpose of the MLK Book Stipend Award is to assist FSU students in completing their education. This competitive scholarship award is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Black Alumni Association. A total of six awards were issued in the amount of $300 each: three awards from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and three awards from the FSU Black Alumni Association.

In addition, Rahming was a 2014-2015 recipient of the Legacy Fellowship, one of FSU’s highest honors for a graduate student. She was also the recipient of the Liliana Muhlan Masoner Memorial Scholarship Award and the Dr. Marion Neil Endowed Scholarship Award at Florida State. She is a member of the Graduate Assistants Union at FSU and serves as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Postsecondary Success.

Rahming has been an educator for 24 years serving in many capacities in private and public educational institutions in her country, The Bahamas. These posts include special education instructor, district professional development presenter, school principal and project director for the 21st Century Classroom Project. She also served as a resource person, and conference presenter for the National Commission on Special Education (2005) in the Bahamas. Rahming earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Social Sciences at the College of St. Benedict, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a diploma in Specialized Learning for Diverse Learners from the University of St. Thomas.

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 KDChi Pi Alumna is on cover and feature story within Informate's DFW Magazine!

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority congratulates our Pi Chapter Alumna, Amanda Arizola who was the cover photo and feature story within this quarter for Informate's DFW Magazine.

She's the Program Manager for Financial Stability for Catholic Charities and is so very active in various organizations, it's a wonder she finds time to sleep and function. 

In the magazine, her feature is a Q&A that focuses on her being a role model for Hispanic Community advocacy and her dedication to serving the organization she holds a passion for. She is a lover of books and is so worth the full read!

When asked for words of wisdom for the next generation of Latinas, she shares, "Remember your culture, remember where you came from. Don't be afraid! If it feels right, trust your instincts, VOTE! We have a lot to say and a right to be heard!"

Standing ovation for a life well lived and a job well done sister!

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For Immediate Release Jan. 11, 2016                               

Contact: Gina Garcia, Vice President of Public Affairs 

PublicAffairs@KappaDeltaChi.org

KAPPA DELTA CHI UNVEILS NEW BRANDING INITIATIVE

The ladies of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, INC unveil a new award-winning logo and brand initiative to reinforce its standing as an organization dedicated to service

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has worked in partnership with Hot Dog Marketing Inc. of Austin, Texas to develop a new award-winning logo and brand identity to reflect the evolving needs of our community service and professional organization. Led by Kappa Delta Chi's Vice President of Public Affairs Gina Garcia, with the help of our National Administrative Council and members of the Board of Directors, the branding initiative began taking shape over the course of 2015. 

KDChi’s National President Melanie Rodriguez is excited about the opportunities the re-brand offers, “KDChi is growing and evolving.  This is the perfect time to update our visual identify to reflect who we are as a sisterhood."

The branding process started with polling of our membership to gain insight as to what characteristics and visual brand they felt our organization represented and in what direction they wanted to see the organization go. Garcia then produced a request for proposals based off of the feedback that was shared with 15 marketing companies from across the country including Los Angeles, California, Georgia and New York.

Hot Dog Marketing, located in Round Rock, Texas, was chosen based off of initial consults, feedback and their portfolio. Hot Dog Marketing has worked with over 200 local and small businesses in the past three years and has come to be known as a service-oriented agency, a cause that hits close to home for the KDChi family. KDChi was Hot Dog Marketing’s first national re-branding project led by creative director Brandon Cornwell.  KDChi leadership worked hand-in-hand with the marketing company to craft a logo and branding initiative that exceeded the expectation.  

Once the branding project was near finished, terrific news came that for its branding and graphic design project for KDChi, Hot Dog Marketing won a 2015 MarCom Award. The MarCom Awards recognize outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 15 other countries in the 2015 competition.

“Our KDChi family is thrilled to have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with Hot Dog Marketing on an award-winning rebrand that gives us the look and feel that best represents our community service organization,” said Gina Garcia, VP Public Affairs. “We went into the partnership and rebrand project with open minds about what the creative process would bring and we’re moving forward with all of our organization ecstatic about it. The new brand gets who we are and the message we’re trying to share with the public.”

This year, KDChi will unveil the logo and launch the rebrand over the course of several communication initiatives. Our members will be able to access the needed materials via a member-only access via our online portal.  "As a sisterhood Kappa Delta Chi Sorority drives change in our communities everyday through service that blends education, professionalism, and cultural awareness,” Rodriguez shared. “We are proud to share this new brand that propels our visual identity.”

KDChi is also looking forward to growth and strengthening in all areas of the organization and is excited about the future, including a 30th anniversary in 2017. Kappa Delta Chi is available online at www.KappaDeltaChi.org and at @KDChi.

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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Sisters and friends,
In this beautiful new year that we're blessed to share together, let us remind one another that above all, we are a family. A chosen family that we dedicate our love, time and service to from the day that we take the oath as KDChi until we join the Omega Chapter. I thought I'd share this something sweet to show how strong the KDChi network is around the world and in this case within our own families by birth!
Keep the sweet stories coming sisters, we are family and are so happy to share these kind of stories!
*Published with permission from KDChi Alumna, Lorena Gomez Reyes

 

 

KDChi Honorary sister, Marine Major General Angie Salinas named Influential Latina in 2015

Dec. 22, 2015 - As 2015 is coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the successes and accomplishments of the year. For many Latinas, including Gloria Estefan, Gina Rodriguez, and Ronda Rousey, it proved to be a big year, as they continued to show the nation and the world that we are a strong and powerful force to be reckoned with! Vivala, an online portal, tells the stories and shares insight of Latinas for Latinas, highlights six Latina Powerhouses of 2015 including our very own honorary sister, Major General Angie Salinas.  Congrats, you make us so very proud!

Angie Salinas

Angie Salinas and Girl Scouts
photo: WikiCommons, USMC Photo

Angie Salinas has been a Latina trailblazer in the military for over 30 years. In 2006, she was the first Latina to be named major general in the Marines Corps — a title only a few women have held. She chose to join as an honorary sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority while attending and recruiting for the Marines at the 2013 KDChi National Leadership Conference in El Paso, Texas.  But then in October 2015, she made the switch from a military career to the nonprofit sector, being named CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. In a society where there is still a lack of diversity in the boardroom, Salinas continues to inspire and empower young girls. We are so proud of the work that she does for our communities and beyond.

To view the full article including the other Latinas listed click here.

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 For Immediate Release Dec 18, 2015                               

Contact: Gina Garcia, Vice President of Public Affairs 

KAPPA DELTA CHI PARTNERS WITH AFFINITY CONSULTANTS

The ladies of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, INC announce a partnership with Affinity Consultants to protect our national organizations branding assets.

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has contracted Affinity Consultants for its branding and trademark needs. Licenses can be granted to companies interested and that currently manufacture merchandise bearing the name “Kappa Delta Chi", the Greek letters, the shield, the logo, and other items from time to time including nicknames and symbols.

Kappa Delta Chi is the exclusive owner of its trademarks.  In order to safeguard the appropriate use of our federally registered trademarks and to guarantee quality products, Kappa Delta Chi is one of 103 fraternal organizations that have entered into a trademark licensing agreement with Affinity Consultants. 

All commercial use of Kappa Delta Chi’s trademarks must be administered through a license agreement with Kappa Delta Chi. Affinity Consultants will be making sure that all companies are in compliance with the agreement.

To shop for official Kappa Delta Chi products, visit our KDChi website vendor list or see a full list of licensed vendors at Greeklicensing.com.  Here you can access a national network of vendors and get multiple quotes for your custom order needs.  When shopping for Kappa Delta Chi merchandise, look for the logo attached here to the right to be sure that you too are supporting our quality and standards. 

This list includes Greek shops for personal, customized items, as well as promotional specialty businesses that can manufacture items for your chapter fundraisers.  Interested in getting licensed to sell KDChi items online or anywhere? Get licensed here in three quick steps! We encourage all sisters to shop our licensed vendors and will be featuring our official licensed vendors occasionally in our newsletters, social media and elsewhere.

Do you have questions about the process or are you a sister who's interested in getting licensed? Please email KDChi Alumna Jessica Juarez, KDChi's Vendor Manager.

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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