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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.  

Rescinding  DACA will take talented youth out of the classrooms, universities, and workforces across the nation. It means tearing apart families. This action will have an irreparable, long lasting impact on those who have only known one home and believe in one dream - the American dream.

It is a scary and uncertain time for anyone that may be affected. During this period of unpredictability, our sisterhood will remain the welcoming and loving niche on campuses, and support all members equally as they pursue a better life, serve as active members of our communities, and fulfill their dreams through education. We ask that you keep our sisters and friends close and offer comfort and support.  

Ways to get involved:

We urge you to defend DACA by contacting your Representative in Congress to demand action from Speaker Ryan to introduce the DREAM Act to the House floor.

Narrow your search. Text your zip code to 502-200-2223 to find your Representatives in Congress or search: www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Know your rights.  Leverage resources such as the Immigrant Legal Resource Center: What do I need to know if the DACA Program ends?

You can also use sources such as www.defenddaca.com or www.unitedwedream.org to find local events to have your voice heard.  

If there are any sisters with questions being directly impacted by this decision on DACA, please contact Paula Martinez (Chi chapter - University of Texas at San Antonio) at paula@colectivalegal.org.

 

DACA students are leaders in our communities and universities across the country.  They have demonstrated that they are Americans in mind, heart, and spirit.  They have enriched and strengthened their communities, schools, and businesses across the nation. Removing the protection provided under DACA is unacceptable and will severely impact the future of this country. It would be detrimental to the economy, our education systems and break apart families. Kappa Delta Chi will support our membership and defend DACA.

#DefendDACA #SistersInSolidarity #KDChiDefendsDACA

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. 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.

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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.

Dr. Salazar is excited to be part of KDChi and shares our four values of unity, honesty, integrity, and leadership. “These same values were instilled in me as a young woman and later in my educational journey, I connected the dots with leadership. I am proud and excited for this honor,” she shared as she arrived in Orlando for the weekend conference activities.  

Dr. Salazar is not your typical college advisor. She dropped out of school in the 7th grade and went on to received her GED. With a passion for education, she then attended Aims Community College and became a Single Parent & Welfare Recipient. She was focused on completing her educational journey, so she earned two Bachelor’s Degrees (Business Administration and Spanish) from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and her Master of Science and a Ph.D. (Educational Leadership and Human Resources) from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, a school she continues to serve.

KDChi’s Beta Eta Chapter shared that throughout her educational and professional career, Dr. Salazar has truly lived the four values of our sisterhood that includes, Unity, Honesty, Integrity, and Leadership. Lupe (as she’s known to her students) demonstrates the importance of Unity through her involvement in numerous community service organizations such as ACPA Women Committee, The Minority Commission Committee, the Center for Applied Studies and Ethnicity Advisory Board. She displays Honesty in her strength and courage to share her powerful story of striving for a higher education in the face of adversity; she embraces who she is and is proud to share and inspire students. Furthermore, Dr. Salazar displays Integrity in her actions with her dedication to creating a safe space for those in the Latinx community. Finally, Dr. Salazar embodies Leadership as the current Director of El Centro at CSU. In this role, she is responsible for developing, implementing and providing direct services to students. These services are inclusive and assist students to adjust to the university environment and develop academic skills that contribute to their graduation. Dr. Salazar has a life-long passion for learning, and this translates to a deeper passion for student’s academic and personal success. Over the past 20 years, she has served as a role model and mentors countless students, including as an advisor to the KDChi Beta Eta Chapter.

Dr. Salazar currently resides in Fort Collins Colorado and has four children, nine grandchildren and three beautiful great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Oliver, & Ava Rae. She will be inducted as an honorary sister at the KDChi National Conference this weekend in Orlando, Florida. 

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 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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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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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.



“I am completely devastated by the loss of such a beautiful and caring sister. She was the very first person I met from her rush class, and she had so many questions and was so excited about KDChi. From that first meeting, I knew she was special. She was extremely soft spoken but had the loudest and most infectious laugh I've ever heard. We would purposely do silly things to make her laugh just to hear it because it could brighten up the whole room! She was also very extremely caring and thoughtful. In 2003 I was experiencing some financial difficulties. There were times that I had to miss events because I couldn't afford it, but Ch
armaine would quietly pay my way or purchase my meal if we went out to eat. She will be truly missed but will live on in the hearts of all of the sisters she touched!” ~ Tasha Harris

“I was thinking of words describe such an amazing woman and the song Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw came on.  It couldn't have been more perfect. Charmaine was very humble and one of the kindest and sweetest people I've ever met. Her smile was infectious and it didn't matter if you hadn't seen each other in years or months, it was like you saw her yesterday. She made you laugh and smile and even accompanied you on the dance floor. My last memory with her was dancing with her at Sherlock's, not caring about anything else, just having a good time." ~Jenny Montes Rodriguez



“Charmaine was a kind and beautiful spirit. One of a kind. She was so full of life and could light up a room just by walking into it.  She and I were roommates for two years, and her kindness and positivity were things that were just a part of her.  She had compassion for people and animals alike. She will be missed by so many.” ~ Erica Santos

"Charmaine was such a lovingsoul; with a warm smile, cheerful heart, and sweet spirit that drew people near her.  Her legacy of love, kindness, friendship, and joy will always be remembered and treasured.  She was a blessed soul." ~ Rachel Toodle 

“From the moment I met her, she was full of life. Her smile could just warm up a room. Charmaine always made you feel welcomed and loved. She was fearless and always trying new things. Charmaine was always up for an adventure. She loved you with all of your flaws. Charmaine, you will be dearly missed.” ~Mariana Gomez

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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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

For release: April 24, 2017

Original content by Sophia Philips of Northern Star

DeKALB | Students, staff and alumni gathered in the Chick Evans Field House Saturday morning to kick off NIU Cares Day, a day when NIU shows appreciation for the community through service.

This was the 11th year for NIU Cares Day. The event had about 60 community sites, 850 student volunteers and 50 staff and alumni volunteers, said Liz McKee, assistant director for Community Service at Student Involvement & Leadership Development and chair of NIU Cares Day. “NIU Cares Day is just such a collaboration across the university and the community,” McKee said. “I think it’s a really special day out of the year. We’re always really excited to have it.”

This year, the NIU Cares Day committee worked with the Alumni Association to get more alumni involved in the event, McKee said. The alumni volunteers did project site visits throughout the day. Volunteers checked in between 7 to 8 a.m. to enjoy pastries, coffee, and yoga before the 8:15 a.m. event.

The event began with a video on safety and an introduction from Jill Zambito, director for SILD; Kelly Wesener-Michael, associate vice president of Student Affairs; and President Doug Baker. In the months before the event, students signed up in teams of 10 or less. McKee said teams are limited in size so that volunteers can be best distributed to community sites. Teams were assigned on the day of the event to community sites, which ranged from non-profit organizations to DeKalb residents’ homes. Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to noon doing a variety of things at the sites. Most sites needed help with spring cleaning, McKee said. “Sometimes it doesn’t seem as pretty or fun, but it’s really, really important to the success and the impact that our non-profits and residents can have in our community,” McKee said.

One location that had volunteers doing spring cleaning was St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road. Student volunteers from Alpha Sigma Alpha and Kappa Delta Chi sororities helped with weeding and mulching the grounds and cleaning out the church’s basement. Rick Johns, the junior warden of the church and the site’s coordinator, said it is difficult for his congregation to do some of these tasks since many of them are older and unable to do a lot of physical work.  “It does us an amazing amount of good to get our grounds clean,” Johns said. Some sites had volunteers doing work other than spring cleaning. The Opportunity House of Sycamore, an agency that serves adults with developmental disabilities, had volunteers helping clients make fairy gardens, which are miniature gardens meant to bring good luck, in flower pots at their 357 N. California St. facility. “[NIU Cares Day] just gives the clients a chance to meet some new people and meet some new friends,” said Kelsey Quinn, recreation coordinator at Opportunity House.

Some students assigned to this location were from Rehabilitation Counseling Student Association, including Angelica Allen, graduate rehabilitation counseling student. Allen was happy to be assigned to the Opportunity House because it relates to her field of study. “It’s nice to give back and do service because this is what I’m working for, you know, and it’s nice just relaxing,” Allen said. The Rehabilitation Counseling services were the first to sign up for NIU Cares Day, Wesener-Michael said during the introduction. In addition, Sigma Kappa had the most students volunteer for the event with more than 50 individuals participating in the event. “I think [NIU Cares Day is] something that we can be really proud of, and I’m always really excited to see the number of students that we have showing ... their passion for the community,” McKee said.

Read the full and original story here at the NorthernStar.info. 

 

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 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.

The Services to Students with Disabilities (SSD) & WorkAbility IV brought a unique twist to their carnival game. “We have the impaired ring toss. Some students on campus have glaucoma or cataracts and they’re visually impaired so we want people to come here and get a little dose of what some our students experience on a daily basis,” stated Alonso Curiel, a representative from SSD. Some of the feedback from students was very impactful. “I feel almost blind,” said Deja Easter when she put on the cataract glasses. She said it’s a good experience to see as a person with glaucoma or cataracts. “Now I understand what they go through,” said Easter, when asked if this experience inclined her to volunteer as a note taker. Students with Disabilities & WorkAbility IV had a student whose grandmother had cataracts, and he never knew what she went through. “He almost started crying […] He was having a conversation with us. So we are actually going to send him the picture of him with the glasses and he’s going to give it to his grandmother,” stated Curiel.

Students Myra Cortez and Glen Bates were playing the bean bag toss and picked up some free Mango lollipops with chili provided by the student organization CRU. Cortez believes there should be more events like this in order to have better interactions between the students. “Honestly, with this happening today, I barely met her today,” said Bates about meeting his new friend Myra Cortez.

The event had a high turnout of a few hundred students and was overall a great experience for those who participated. One late addition was the card making table for the students, faculty, and staff of North Park Elementary, the site of the recent shooting where a man opened fire in a special education classroom, killing his wife, an 8-year-old student and then himself. “My daughter attended that school from 4th to 6th grade. I feel connected to it, especially since I live around the corner from the school,” stated Misty Levingston, Coordinator of the OSE, who will be dropping off the written letters herself. “It hit close to home, it’s down the street, anything to show support,” said Kathleen Montenegro on why she took the time to stop and write a card.

“To try and brighten their day,” said Nicole Ledesma about writing her card. The SMSU Pan African Center Student Success Center & the Osher Adult Re-Entry Center (OARC) will also be continuing this effort and joined the campaign #standingwithnorthpark to let them know that CSUSB stands with those affected by the incident. Letters can be dropped off at the Cross Cultural Center or the OARC anytime Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be delivered on April 28 at 12 p.m. with the assistance of Associated Student Incorporated (ASI). The San Bernardino City Unified School District shared a post of the 9-year-old student who was shot, Nolan Brandy, who is now recovering according to his parents, as seen on ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Together, the student organizations started the conversation over the love of carnival food, games, philanthropies, fellow students and seemingly brought lasting friendships and new members to clubs and organizations.

Read the full story 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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 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.

Over time, she became a well-known student leader and served as a senator with the UTSA Student Government Association. She joined and eventually became president of the UTSA Filipino Student Association and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. She's even an avid athlete in UTSA's many intramural leagues.

"The best part of UTSA is meeting new people from different walks of life," said Reyes. "I enjoy learning about my fellow Roadrunners, what they've been through and where they want to go." Being an active undergraduate also helped Reyes discover a new passion. Initially an anthropology major, her extracurricular activities led her to consider a new route in her college journey. "Through my work with my student organizations, I learned about the importance of community and public service," said Reyes. "Around that time, I began to explore new educational opportunities, and that's when I learned about the public administration program at UTSA. I switched over, and everything clicked for me."

In the UTSA Department of Public Administration, Reyes learned about the many facets of public service, from the work being done in government to the ins-and-outs of community and nonprofit work. Her classes also gave her an understanding of the importance of diversity in the community and the issues facing minority groups. Reyes says that her education has given her a newer, richer understanding of herself. The UTSA College of Public Policy faculty, which included San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, instilled in her a drive to give back to her community. Reyes will receive her diploma in December, a bachelor's degree in public administration. After graduation, she plans to volunteer for two years with the Peace Corps. Then, she'll look toward graduate school. "We rise by lifting others," said Reyes. "I want to be there for people who may feel like they don't have a voice. UTSA helped me find that out about myself. I feel ready for the next chapter of my life."

Check out what she had to share via this Youtube Clip. 

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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 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."

Full video testimony and a Texas Tribune Story linked here also features our former KDChi National President, TX State Rep. Mary Gonzalez. 

Video and photo credit: @AnaForTexas

 

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'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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KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY INC. WELCOMES LESLIE SALINAS OF UCLA AS HONORARY SISTER 

Contact: Connie Ann Tucker, KDChi VP of Records Records@KappaDeltaChi.org

April 19, 2017 - Sisters, it is with pleasure that the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.'s National Membership Committee announces Leslie Salinas, 20, of the University of California, Los Angeles Extension as an honorary sister. This distinction is an honor extended to the most extraordinary individuals across the nation. Nominated by our Southern California Alumnae Chapter, Leslie Salinas is an outstanding example of a leader who exemplifies what it is to be a KDChi. Salinas was selected for her outstanding contributions to the Latin@ and disability communities and for dedicating her life to serving others.

Leslie is not your typical college student. She lives with an intellectual disability (formerly known as Mild Mental Retardation). She is attending The Pathway Program at UCLA and is pursuing her certification in Learning and Life Skills, pushing barriers, breaking stereotypes, and inspiring all who have the privilege of meeting her. Among her recognitions, she won the John R. Wooden Award in Basketball at the 2016 Special Olympics, received the honor of being named 2015 Valley Vista High School’s Unified Athlete of the Year and collected two gold medals, three silver medals and three bronze medals at the 2014-2015 Special Olympics Regional and State Levels.

While attending high school in Surprise, Arizona, Leslie Participated in the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting students from underrepresented communities in achieving a higher education. While attending workshops led by Latin@ leaders, she gained an appreciation of her culture and displayed leadership within the organization, so much so, that it led the CEO, Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez, to support her dreams to pursue a higher education. In addition to dedicating time to the Latin@ community, Leslie is passionate about and advocates for individuals with disabilities. Leslie has actively participated in several community service events including Spread the Word to End the Word, a campaign dedicated to stopping the use of the “r-word” and was recognized for the number of students she registered for a blood drive. She also enjoys participating in regular beach cleanups.

KDChi’s Southern California Alumnae Chapter shared that throughout her educational career, Salinas has truly lived the four values of our sisterhood that includes, Unity, Honesty, Integrity, and Leadership. Leslie demonstrated the importance of Unity through her involvement in Special Olympics teams, AGUILA, and as the captain of the adaptive cheerleading team, Sparkles. She displays Honesty in her strength and courage to share her intellectual disability experiences and diagnosis; she embraces who she is and is proud to share them to inspire others. Furthermore, Leslie displays Integrity in her actions with her dedication to Spread the Word to End the Word and is dedicated to removing such a hurtful word from the vocabulary of others. Finally, Leslie embodies Leadership in all of her extracurricular activities and is a leader within the Pathway Leadership Program at UCLA Extension where she helps with the creation of the Pathway Yearbook and leads campus tours for prospective students.

Leslie currently resides in Los Angeles, California and is an intern with Bright Horizon Childcare. She hopes to one day be a preschool teacher’s assistant. She will be inducted into the sisterhood at our KDChi National Conference this summer in Orlando, Florida.

Photo Credit: Leslie Salinas 

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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For release. April 18th, 2017
KDChi just received word that our KDChi Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois received third place in the Outstanding Scholarship Programming at their annual Greek Oscars ceremony! Way to go ladies and thank you for what you do.
Every year, the Univ of IL and their governing councils recognize chapters on our campus for their outstanding performance in a variety of areas. With a fraternity and sorority community made up 90+ chapters, the chapters we recognize must truly go above and beyond to receive this recognition. 
All of our winners for the 2016 calendar year can be found online at http://fsaffairs.illinois.edu/programs/greek-oscars/winners/.  Please join us in congratulating these chapters for their exceptional performance.
We congratulate our sisters and all of the winners at the University of Illinois!
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"Fiesta Friends, I'm over the moon excited!! Here it is, my very first Fiesta Medal!!! The Paleta Cart!! I'm so honored to have been able to pair up with SA Flavor to make this medal possible!! A dollar of every medal sold will go to my charity of choice Girls Incorporated of San Antonio."
- Amanda Infante, Beta Chapter Alumna at Texas A&M University

 Paleta Cart 2017 Fiesta Medal by Amanda Infante

Garrett Heath, San Antonio Flavor

April is my favorite time in San Antonio, not just because it’s Fiesta or that the Spurs begin their playoff run. I love this month because it is the most perfect weather in San Antonio. And with that perfect temperature, it’s inevitable that you’ll hear the *ring*ring* of the bell on the paleta carts. So when I heard that Amanda Infante wanted to feature one on her 2017 Fiesta Medal, I was over the moon at the opportunity to make it!

I met Amanda and her husband (more on him later) last year. They’re members of the FiestaMedal Maniacs Facebook page and constantly followed my competitions/medal hidings and won several of them! Whether it was finding me Rosella Coffee or stopping by SA Pops where I stashed a medal there, these two were tenacious medal hunters—I’d like to think that the paleteria where she found the hidden medal was some sort of inspiration for her’s this year.

A dollar from every sale of the Paleta Fiesta Medal will go to Girls Inc San Antonio. Amanda said she chose this organization as her charity because it inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

“Girls Inc. encourages girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges,” Amanda wrote me. “It stands for what I believe will help our future women leaders. When girls are in an environment where they are encouraged to grow and be stronger they can take on the entire world.”

You can follow Amanda on Instagram at @amandalynnmi—her profile is chock full of all sorts of medal pics around Fiesta!

Check out the SA Flavor online store for all the hottest Fiesta Medals! Free shipping for all orders $20 or more! Sign up for the SA Flavor Newsletter for all the best of SA without the spam!

This was initially posted on January 25, 2017.

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For release March 2, 2017: KDChi is proud to announce that a KDChi Beta Xi chapter sister, Lizeth Morales of The University of South Carolina Fraternity and Sorority Life was as a student spotlight in March 2017. Here is the write up they publicized, congrats sister!

"Our #StudentSpotlight this week is Lizeth Morales (Lichaa Morales). Lichaa an experimental psychology major and is serving as the current president of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. She is a member of Latin American Student Organization as well as previously serving as the treasurer for the Multicultural Greek Council. She is a wonderful leader serving her chapter and always working to promote positive change on campus."

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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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