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KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY TAKES STAND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Posted by Alicia Bustillos on May 16, 2019 at 8:02am
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KAPPA DELTA CHI SORORITY TAKES STAND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION, ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

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

 

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

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

“We recognize that not all of our members feel supported and heard,” said Paula Arno Martinez, Alumna-at-Large for the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority national board of directors. “It is our intention to create an environment where all members feel safe and supported.”

The new committee will directly report to Arno Martinez – working to review, advise and coordinate diversity issues in ways that celebrate the differences throughout its membership and continue to build a welcoming environment for women from both mainstream and underrepresented communities.

“We are a sisterhood of women from diverse backgrounds who bring forth many different intersectionalities,” said Kappa Delta Chi Sorority National President Melanie Rodriguez. “I am excited about the ways that this committee will help us all support one another better and grow stronger within our sisterhood.”

Selected for their experience and demonstrated commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; the committee will be tasked with developing strategic initiatives that create new conflict-management training, educational materials and programming for undergraduate chapters and alumnae members.

Latina-founded in Lubbock, Texas at Texas Tech University in 1987, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. has since grown to include nearly 5,500 sisters across 19 states – representing numerous cultures, ethnicities and religions throughout the United States.

A non-traditional sorority, Kappa Delta Chi strives to promote the values of unity, honesty, integrity and leadership among its members, helping to empower devoted leaders and civic stewards in their communities. Together, the national membership serves local U.S. communities annually with more than 40,000 hours of volunteerism.

For more information about Kappa Delta Chi Sorority’s ongoing efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the fraternity and sorority communities or to find out how you can be involved with the organization, please e-mail Paula Arno Martinez at bod4@kappadeltachi.org.

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. Supports a Woman's Right to Report
Posted by Mari Lara on April 12, 2019 at 5:00am

College women are at high risk of sexual assault by acquaintances and dates. Among undergraduate students, 23.1% of females experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitate. The risk of sexual assault among sorority women is likely to be as great, if not greater, than that for the general female undergraduate population.

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. supports a woman's right to report and seek a fair, supportive, and timely due process. As a sisterhood, we will provide unconditional support of our sisters who are survivors of sexual assault and dating violence. We commit to advocating in support of sister empowerment, risk reduction and educating out members and non-members to prevent sexual assault on our campuses and in our communities.

We are specifically aware of posts by members of Omega Delta Phi in closed groups targeted toward our members that are homophobic, misogynistic, and promote sexual violence. As an organization, we do not accept this behavior toward out members and eagerly await to see the actions ODPhi will take to hold its members accountable.

As sisters, we are committed to supporting out sisters, friends, and all those who have experienced sexual violence. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, it may be difficult to know what to do next. You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org and receive confidential support.

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Looking for ways to Honor Women's History Month? We got a few.
Posted by Alicia Bustillos on March 1, 2019 at 8:12am

Looking for ways to Honor Women's History Month?

We got a few ideas.  

By Alicia Bustillos, VP Public Affairs
 

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

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

1) Make Blessing Bags

I’ve pledged to make five Blessing Bags and keep them in my vehicle for when I see a woman in need. Blessing Bags are purses or zip-top bags that are handed out to homeless women filled with items that are often items that are forgotten about that women specifically need. Some of these things include:

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Feminine Hygiene Produces (Tampons or Pads)
  • Socks
  • Pain Medicine (Individual packets of Advil or Tylenol)
  • A razor
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • And many other ideas

Your local city may have ordinances about handing out items to the homeless, especially if it contains any food, or you may not feel safe doing this. Another idea is to commit to making several of these as a chapter and donating to a local women’s shelter.

If your local shelter has policies against open packages, look into donating some of these items in larger quantities. Things like tampons, pads, and socks are some of the least donated items and most needed.

2) Support Future History Makers

She Should Run is a national nonprofit “a national network changing culture to inspire more women and girls to run for office.” They provide leader activity guides to inspire the next generation of leaders. The current goal right now? To get 250,000 women running for elected office by 2030. #250Kby2030

3) Girls on the Run

Searching for a more physically active movement? Girls on the Run is a national program that was built on the ideas of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The 10-week program culminates with the Girls on the Run 5K which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.

4) Women for Women International

Women for Women International has helped more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. There are several ways to get involved by becoming an ambassador, sponsoring a sister and raising critical awareness of this wonderful organization.

5) End the Backlong

End the Backlog is a program of the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national non-profit organization founded by actress and activist Mariska Hargitay with the mission to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. This initiative needs all the help they can get to help campaign your local legislative, advocacy for continued support of the federal Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grants and other critical grant programs on Capitol Hill and education and awareness.

These are just a few ways to support women this month while honoring Women’s History Month. We’d love to hear what you and your chapter are doing this month in celebrating. Let us know in the comments sections of our social media.

 
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. 
Three things we can all do to honor Black History Month in February and beyond
Posted by Alicia Bustillos on February 28, 2019 at 10:06pm

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

 1) Support Black Authors

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

  •   I Am Enough, by by Grace Byers 
    This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

 

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison 
    Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. 
  • Mango Delight, by by Fracaswell Hyman
    What happens when your BFF becomes your EFF . . . EX-Friend-Forever? When seventh-grader Mango Delight Fuller accidentally breaks her BFF Brooklyn’s new cell phone, her life falls apart. She loses her friends and her spot on the track team, and even costs her father his job as a chef. But Brooklyn’s planned revenge—sneakily signing up Mango to audition for the school musical—backfires when Mango not only wins the lead role but becomes a YouTube sensation and attracts the attention of the school’s queen bee, Hailey Jo. Hailey Jo is from a VERY wealthy family and expects everyone to do her bidding. Soon Mango finds herself forced to make tough choices about the kind of friend she wants to have . . . and, just as important, the kind of friend she wants to be.

  •   Marley Dias Gets It Done, by Marley Dias
    Marley Dias, the powerhouse girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, speaks to kids about her passion for making our world a better place, and how to make their dreams come true!
    In this accessible guide with an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Marley Dias explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. 

 

  • A Blade So Black, by L.L. McKinney 
    The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

 

2) Support Black Movies

Want to catch a movie instead? Supporting movies produced, directed and featuring black creatives shows Hollywood that representation matters on the big screen and the little screen. Major blockbusters are one thing, but also seek out independent, documentary films to share with family and friends to create positive discussion and bring awareness to the subjects at hand. Work with your school or community center to organize a movie night attending or featuring one of these movies:

 

  • Black Panther
    One of the most anticipated Marvel movies of the year is coming out in 2018. With an all-star cast and Marvel Studios producing, Black Panther is anticipated to be one of the top-grossing movies of 2018.
  •  Dark Girls
    DARK GIRLS is a fascinating and controversial film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.
  • Moonlight
    A moving, transcendent, award-winning look at 3 defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.
  • More Than A Month
    In this 2012 documentary, African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets off on a journey across America asking the question “Should Black History Month be ended?” Tilghman searches to learn more about race and power in contemporary America by interviewing experts at revered organizations around the country in addition to everyday people he meets along the way during his journey.

    Using cinema verité, man-on-the-street interviews, and dramatizations to understand the implications of Black History Month, More Than a Month is both an amusing and thought-provoking look at what the treatment of history tells us about race and power in the United States. Through all this, Tilghman explores what it means to be an American and the universal endeavor to find one’s self.
  • Hidden Figures
    An incredible & inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

 

3) Support Black Non-Profits in your community

Activists are hard at work year around advocating for equal rights. While every organization needs monetary support, volunteering your time is always welcomed at non-profits who are running on low resources. Some organizations that welcome support:

 

  • Black Girls CODE
    Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after-school programs, Black Girls GODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.
  • Sister Love, Inc.
    SisterLove is working to eradicate the impact of HIV and sexual and reproductive oppressions upon all women and their communities in the US and around the world. The organization offers HIV testing and counseling, health education and advocacy programs, and international and leadership programs. 
  • Incite!: Women of Color Against Violence
    INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing. 
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
    Jack and Jill of America is an organization created to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. They are dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
  • Seek out some local nonprofits
    Find local nonprofit organization in your community through your local library, town hall, university or online through websites such as guidestar.org.

While Black History Month is officially the month of February it’s important to support throughout the year and seek out ways to support each other. These are just a few examples of support, tell us how you honor Black History Month.

Rho Chapter sister Samantha Rose Alvarez to be inducted into the Omega Chapter
Posted by Alicia Bustillos on February 18, 2019 at 8:32am

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

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

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

 

Samantha is survived by her parents, mother Virginia Romero and father Gabriel Lopez Alvarez; siblings MaryAngel Mendoza and husband Frank Mendoza, Sabina Romero Peters and husband Eric Peters, Thelma Trevino and husband Nick Trevino, brother Edgar Alvarez, sister Magdala Alvarez, Felix Alvarez and wife April, sister Melissa Alvarez, and brother Gabriel Francisco Alvarez Jr. She will be inducted into KDChi's Omega Chapter at the North Pacific Regional Conference in the spring of 2018.

The following dedications are from Rho chapter sisters who wanted to share just how special Samantha was not only as a sister but as a daughter, sibling, cousin and friend.

 

"Samantha aka Bawse Lady was the heart and soul for our chapter. I remember introducing KDChi to her and when it came to rushing there was no other way. I was proud on her initiation day because she was not only my blood sister but also my KDChi sister. I am proud of the woman she became into smart, strong, independent. Samantha loved KDChi and always held the values of our sisterhood dear to her Heart. She lived and breathed KDChi until Her Final Days. I Know She is In Heaven Strolling, Chanting, Throwing Up Her Kappa. So farewell my baby sister until we meet again. 19..."
Sister Melissa Alvarez, Rho chapter Fall 2003 

 

 

"Samantha joined Kappa Delta Chi in Fall of 2007 and was part of the Omicron Class. She was the glue of our chapter. She served as the bridge between older generations in KDChi and incoming members. Sisters looked up to her for her no-nonsense advice and can-do attitude. She was honest, caring, compassionate and the life of the party. She was a servant leader; putting others ahead of herself. She leaves a hole in our hearts and an unfillable void in our sisterhood."

Judith HernandezRho Chapter Fall 2007

 

Kappa Delta Chi sister appointed to the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. Executive Board
Posted by Alicia Bustillos on February 17, 2019 at 5:31am

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

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