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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 For release: April 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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









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

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

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

Take a look at her Youtube video by clicking here. 

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KDChi Alumna creates Fiesta Medal, in style of a paleta cart

"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.

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KDChi Alpha Gamma, Charter Alumna Ariana Stein for her Forbes write up of her co-creating, Lil Libros

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.”

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Latest KDChi Individual sister Kudos

• 5/4/16 KDChi Sister pens post in response to racist responses to an Old Navy Ad

• 4/27/16 KDChi Pi Alumna, Alicia Rascon featured in Latina Magazine for her outstanding non-profit org, Latinitas!

 4/22/16 KDChi Pi Alumna Jelisa Jay Furaja produced a "Stories of Us by Teatro Vivo" a play that runs through May starts in Austin, Texas

• 4/21/16 KDChi Pi Chapter Alumna, Dina Chavez for her designs being featured on Austin, TX KXAN during Fashion week.

Pi Chapter Alumna, Amanda Arizola is the cover photo and feature story for Informate's DFW Magazine

 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!

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KDChi Alumna shares a sweet moment with a KDChi parent

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

 

 

Read about Alpha Sigma Alumna, Luli Rivery's passion for education

MBALaunch: A Passion for Education

The intersection of business, entrepreneurship, and education is my passion, and in it I have found my purpose.

My passion for education stems from my belief that the strength of a nation’s educational system is inextricably tied to its economic health, and is key to ending the generational poverty cycle that exists in many low-income families.

In 1994, my family fled Communist Cuba with the hope that moving to the United States would provide us with a life that could never be afforded to us in Cuba. As a first-generation immigrant, who has now become the first in her family to graduate from college, I feel an obligation to the educational system for providing me the tools and skills I needed to assimilate and succeed in a new environment and to others like me, who are the first for many things in their families.

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KDChi Alpha Omega Alumna graduates, is now a sworn officer! Congrats sister!

KDChi Alpha Omega Alumna graduates, is now a sworn officer! Congrats sister!

Congrats to KDChi Alpha Omega Alumna Esmee Zam​ (in the middle) on her graduation, she's now a sworn officer! We appreciate all that you to keep us safe!

She joins a legion of KDChi's who have trained to join a law enforcement profession. Want to know more about the KDChi's who sacrifice and put their lives on the line everyday to keep our streets safe? Read all about them her ein the Spring 2015 edition of the Emerald Digital Magazine.

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KDChi sister and Civil Rights Legend, Dolores Huerta is honored at Smithsonian

 

LATINA LEGEND: DOLORES HUERTA

KDChi Sister and Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta is headliner at her own exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

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Alumnae Chapters Update [Unpublished]

Alumnae Chapters Update!
From your Alumnae Chapter Development Officer, Angelic Garay
of Alpha Zeta, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
As our year comes close to an end, I just want to take the time to say thank you to all the Alumnae Chapters and their respective members. I know I don't talk enough about what awesome things you ladies are doing throughout the year, so here it comes some major kudos: 
Austin Chapter
Completing all 5 requirements, this strong chapter works with Pi and creating many fun events like Sisterhood Happy Hour and Zumbathon. One of our bests! 
North Florida Chapter
Raising $500 for ACS (selling KDChi Alumnae decals) and working with The Refuge House buying winter cloths & crafts for kids, North Florida really shined in their community!
Reno Chapter 
Great work on supporting Alpha Eta. I know you ladies did fundraisers, guidance, and overall involved with this collegiate chapter!

Portland Chapter
One of our newest chapters did a great deal of work this year! They completed all requirements and really went above and beyond to bring their alumnae together and doing more like creating a prom dress project. Great job.

Laredo Chapter
Your chapter chose to partner up with Families for Autism Support and Awareness for your service initiative with the Light it Up Blue Ceremony. Very nice!
DC Metro Chapter 
This chapter has ongoing alumnae weekends, were they try to set dates to just to meet up when they can. And they completed all 5 requirements. Way to take it to next level.
Sun City Chapter
Another great service initiative is working with Valley Community Food pantry to fight hunger in El Paso. Also in conjunction with the pantry, gathering cloths for lower income families, you ladies are great!
Waco (Heart O Texas) Chapter
Helped with a Latino Cancer Outreach at a church festival, great way to start your new chapter and be involved in the community!
 
Rio Grande Valley Chapter
One of the strongest chapters we have, this chapter really spread its wings on social media along with completing so many many many events like the painting with twist for ACS. Awesome work ladies.
Southern California Chapter 
Way to help the collegiate chapters! Both involved in Alpha Gamma and starting a new colony at CSULA.
Oklahoma City Chapter
Finishing all their requirements, this chapter raised $660 in their Relay for Life endeavor as well as guide transitions for officers in their collegiate chapter. Way to be a mentor!
Arlington Chapter
A supporting chapter for Epsilon, they helped with retreats, formal, and overall mentoring. Awesome ladies!
Southern Nevada Chapter
Another strong leading chapter we have, this chapter brought in another sister to Delta Alpha Chapter, along with continuing involvement in their area, Alpha Zeta chapter, and NAA training.

Dallas Chapter
Finishing up the year strong, this chapter broke their Alumnae Weekend into two events in order for all to participate. Way to complete all 5 requirements and be there for your members!
Reno and Southern Nevada Presidents, Jessica Arellano and Susan Taylor
Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Hearing that you will be leaving your positions saddens me, but we all wish you the best in your future! You ladies were a vital part of maintaining an alumnae culture in your area. 
As we set forth to the next year, don't get discourage if you did not complete all the requirements. Creating an alumnae culture takes time, and the efforts of your work will fruit so long as you keep consistent with it! Very proud of what things you ladies did this year, and know that you gals put a great name out their for Kappa Delta Chi. So take time to pat you and your members on the back! Your chapter ROCKS!

Bonus: Attached are pictures from Austin, Portland, DC Metro, and Southern Nevada. Thank you so much for sending them in!!!

 

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Alumnae Chapters Update!

Alumnae Chapters Update!
From your Alumnae Chapter Development Officer, Angelic Garay
of Alpha Zeta, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
As our year comes close to an end, I just want to take the time to say thank you to all the Alumnae Chapters and their respective members. I know I don't talk enough about what awesome things you ladies are doing throughout the year, so here it comes some major kudos: 
Austin Chapter
Completing all 5 requirements, this strong chapter works with Pi and creating many fun events like Sisterhood Happy Hour and Zumbathon. One of our bests! 
North Florida Chapter
Raising $500 for ACS (selling KDChi Alumnae decals) and working with The Refuge House buying winter cloths & crafts for kids, North Florida really shined in their community!
Reno Chapter 
Great work on supporting Alpha Eta. I know you ladies did fundraisers, guidance, and overall involved with this collegiate chapter!

Portland Chapter
One of our newest chapters did a great deal of work this year! They completed all requirements and really went above and beyond to bring their alumnae together and doing more like creating a prom dress project. Great job.

Laredo Chapter
Your chapter chose to partner up with Families for Autism Support and Awareness for your service initiative with the Light it Up Blue Ceremony. Very nice!
DC Metro Chapter 
This chapter has ongoing alumnae weekends, were they try to set dates to just to meet up when they can. And they completed all 5 requirements. Way to take it to next level.
Sun City Chapter
Another great service initiative is working with Valley Community Food pantry to fight hunger in El Paso. Also in conjunction with the pantry, gathering cloths for lower income families, you ladies are great!
Waco (Heart O Texas) Chapter
Helped with a Latino Cancer Outreach at a church festival, great way to start your new chapter and be involved in the community!
 
Rio Grande Valley Chapter
One of the strongest chapters we have, this chapter really spread its wings on social media along with completing so many many many events like the painting with twist for ACS. Awesome work ladies.
Southern California Chapter 
Way to help the collegiate chapters! Both involved in Alpha Gamma and starting a new colony at CSULA.
Oklahoma City Chapter
Finishing all their requirements, this chapter raised $660 in their Relay for Life endeavor as well as guide transitions for officers in their collegiate chapter. Way to be a mentor!
Arlington Chapter
A supporting chapter for Epsilon, they helped with retreats, formal, and overall mentoring. Awesome ladies!
Southern Nevada Chapter
Another strong leading chapter we have, this chapter brought in another sister to Delta Alpha Chapter, along with continuing involvement in their area, Alpha Zeta chapter, and NAA training.

Dallas Chapter
Finishing up the year strong, this chapter broke their Alumnae Weekend into two events in order for all to participate. Way to complete all 5 requirements and be there for your members!
Reno and Southern Nevada Presidents, Jessica Arellano and Susan Taylor
Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Hearing that you will be leaving your positions saddens me, but we all wish you the best in your future! You ladies were a vital part of maintaining an alumnae culture in your area. 
As we set forth to the next year, don't get discourage if you did not complete all the requirements. Creating an alumnae culture takes time, and the efforts of your work will fruit so long as you keep consistent with it! Very proud of what things you ladies did this year, and know that you gals put a great name out their for Kappa Delta Chi. So take time to pat you and your members on the back! Your chapter ROCKS!

 

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Austin American Statesman features KDChi Natl President & TX State Rep. Mary Gonzalez 1st term getting things done

Youngest freshman legislators’ first session takes surprising turns

Austin American Statesman By Jonathan Tilove  

They were the freshest of the freshmen — the two youngest members of the largest freshman class of the Texas House in 40 years. And even before they took office, Mary González, an El Paso Democrat who will turn 30 in October, and Jonathan Stickland, a tea party Republican from the Fort Worth suburbs who will be 30 in September, each had made a defining declaration.

Stickland announced his ambition to compile the most conservative voting record of any member of the Texas House. “It’s time to do battle,” he said.

And González, uncomfortable with the imprecision of being described as the first openly gay woman to be elected to the Texas Legislature, announced to the Dallas Voice that she was actually “pansexual.” She explained that gender isn’t binary but a spectrum, and she has said that while her partner may be a lesbian, “I’m not.” “Authenticity is important to me,” she said in a recent interview.

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KDChi Natl President Receives YWCA Leader of Promise Award

KDChi Natl President Receives YWCA Leader of Promise Award

The YWCA of Austin is proud to announce the women of the Year award in various categories including the Leader of Promise Award to Kappa Delta Chi National President and Texas State Representative, Rep. Mary Gonzalez.

Here's the write up provided on their website:

State Representative Mary Edna Gonzalez, Leader of Promise Award: Gonzalez’s passion is trying to interpret and challenge oppression for multiple groups including immigrants, Latinos, women and members of the LGBTQ community. As the oldest of 11 children, Gonzalez admits that it has been a struggle to reach her goals at such a young age. At 29, she is the youngest elected official in the State of Texas and first woman to ever represent the 75th district. Representative Gonzalez works to create an awareness of the plights of individuals with underrepresented populations through mentorship. “Being a mentor is something that everyone should do. I’m where I am because of my mentors. I’m very fortunate that I’ve had so many people adopt me. My mentors have shaped, supported, and guided me in such a positive way that I wouldn’t be where I am without them; if anything is going to change our society it’s going to be that type of mentorship,” Gonzalez said. 

The YWCA of Austin is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization with over 25 million members in 122 countries. Honoring the achievements of women is critical to the mission of the YWCA and for nearly 30 years the YWCA Greater Austin has paid tribute to the women that inspire the Austin community at our annual Women of the Year Awards Soiree.

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KDChi Alumna Lisa Ramirez nominated thrice for Internatl Book Award

Alpha Alumna and Author Lisa Ramirez nominated for three International Latino Book Awards


The International Latino Book Festival is proud to announce its nominees for the Awards this year and it includes multiple nominations for one of our very own phenomenal alumnae sisters, Dr. Lisa Ramirez of the Alpha Chapter at Texas Tech University who shares her autobiographical account of extreme resiliency during her early childhood experiences facing brutal instances of neglect and abuse at the hands of those that should have offered love, comfort and protection. She recounts her own failed attempts at pursuing a basic education, while lacking the bare necessities of a home, food, and positive relationships—all requisites for survival and thriving in an educational setting.

We're so proud of her accomplishments and all that she has and continues to do for the community. We wish her the very best at the awards in the following categories:

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KDChi Pi Chapter Alumna named one of most influential Latinas in Washington DC politics

KDChi Alumna named one of most influential Latinos in Washington DC Politics

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is so proud that Kdchi Pi Chapter (University of Texas at Austin) Alum, Veronica Duron was named one of Washington DC's Most Influential Latinos on Capitol Hill. (p) Duron is a Legislative Aide to Senator Charles Schumer of New York. In the Senate, she works on education and health care policy issues. Prior to joining Senator Schumer's office, she helped Latino Rep. Solomon Ortiz shape his policy positions on education, housing, taxes, labor, and banking issues. This year, Duron was elected as Vice President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association where her tireless efforts are essential to building Latino influence on Capitol Hill.

Courtesy of Huffington Post, Latino Voices
full article available here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pablo-manriquez/the-mostinfluential-latin_b_2878555.html