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KDChi Alumnae Launch Lifelong Learning Series

KDCHI LAUNCHES LIFELONG LEARNING SERIES New initiative aims to provide personal, professional development opportunities to alumnae by alumnae

For Immediate Release:

LUBBOCK, TX - Kappa Delta Chi's National Alumnae Association, in partnership with the Division of Leadership Development, launched a Lifelong Learning Webinar Series for alumnae.

Vanessa Estrada, Chi Alumna

On Wednesday, November 14 Vanessa Estrada, a Chi Alumna, kicked off the series with a session titled "Healthy Living". Estrada, a licensed nutritionist, gave alumnae in attendance information on healthy eating and provided practical information to apply the information in their personal lives.

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Latina Magazine names Kappa Delta Chi National President, Mary Gonzalez as Next Generation Latina

Latina Magazine names Kappa Delta Chi National President, Mary Gonzalez as Next Generation Latina   

Congrats to Mary Gonzalez, Pi Chapter Alumna of the University of Texas and soon to be Texas State Representative in El Paso 

For Immediate Release:

(New York City, NY) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce that Latina Magazine has named National President Mary Gonzalez as a Next Generation Latina Leader.

A total of 10 women were chosen from various professional backgrounds from across the nation and all of them have inspiring stories of strength, philanthropy and courage to be honored and featured in the upcoming December issue. According to Latina Magazine, the Next Generation Latina is a woman who embraces her Latina roots while giving back to her community in a noteworthy way.  She's a role model, a mentor, a leader, a friend, sister, boss, teacher, or somebody making a difference in the community.

"It is truly an honor to be nominated and selected as one of Latina Magazine's Next Generation Latina Leaders, this recognition sheds light on some of the important issues I have been working on like Latino voter engagement, education and poverty," Gonzalez shared. She continued, "This award means a lot to me because it symbolizes the future of Latina leadership, with women from all over the country, from different backgrounds, in different industries making a difference in society, it is a tapestry of what Latina leadership looks like. It is humbling to learn about the other women who were selected and to know that I get to stand with them as a Latina who's making a difference."   

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Introducing KDChi President & the Newest, Youngest TX State Rep.

“Part of making a difference is really about personal sacrifice.”

Serving Home: Mary Gonzalez by Eric Baca for Latino Leaders Magazine Jul-Aug 2012

The fire had destroyed everything. The remnants of her life — all 10 long years of it — were consumed as if they never existed. Extinguished. Gone. 

Mary Gonzalez at the TX State Capitol

From this destruction, Mary Gonzalez learned what a community could be. Homeless, Gonzalez and family were taken in by her El Paso neighbors, preventing her from knowing hunger or the sting of not having a present to open on Christmas. For the next year, El Paso — its people, its schools — helped to raise young Mary, who, at 28, recently became the newest and youngest member of the Texas House of Representatives.

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KDChi Phi Chapter Alumna Awarded Doctoral Psychology Award

KDChi Phi Chapter Alumna Awarded Doctoral Psychology Award

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce that Phi Chapter Alumna Aracely Arellano Lopez was selected out of 126 doctoral psychology student applicants to be awarded the CAPIC/MHSA Psychology Intern Stipend in 2012. She will receive MHSA Full-Time internship stipends totaling $20,772 to encourage pre-doctoral and post-doctoral service in public mental health settings.

The stipend program is funded by the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA, or Prop 63) and awards stipends to doctoral psychology students doing internships in publicly supported mental health agencies in California. While pursuing a higher education Aracely, who goes by Chely, is also working working on her own personal health and loves outdoor activities such as hiking, white water rafting and spending time becoming one with nature. While juggling school and trying to achieve balance in life, she shares the following, "I can't remember being in a better place personally and professionally. Things are truly coming together and I feel emotionally and physically healthier." She emphasizes that self care is a priority in her life and encourages others to seek out the same sort of balance.

Lopez attended Stephen F. Austin University where she was a member of KDChi's Phi Chapter and she received a Bachelor's of Psychology and Spanish. She then went on to achieve a masters in Forensic Psychology and is pursuing her PhD in Psychology. She lives in Santa Monica, California. 


Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. National President Wins TX House Seat in El Paso

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. National President Wins TX House Seat in El Paso

Mary Gonzalez, 28, is the first female to represent the Lower Valley District 75

For Immediate Release:

(Lubbock, TX) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce that on Tuesday May 29th, National President and political newcomer Mary Edna Gonzalez, 28, won an  election and will be the first woman to represent the Lower Valley's District 75 in the Texas House.

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KDChi Alumna Astrid Novak shares her get healthy story

KDChi Alumna Astrid Novak shares her get healthy story


After lifelong weight struggles and the birth of her triplets, KDChi Zeta Alumna Astrid Novak began training for half marathons and regained her health. Meet our KDChi sister and MARATHON MOMMA.

Weight has always been a struggle for me since the ninth grade. I was always average in size, neither too big nor too small. Indulging in junk food when I was younger and later being pregnant with triplets caused the weight to become a semi-permanent part of my life. I finally decided to take matters into my own hands and began eating right, jogging, and eventually, running half marathons.

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Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.Unveils Graduate/Professional Membership Program

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.Unveils Graduate/Professional Membership Program    

For Immediate Release:
 
July 18, 2011 (Lubbock, TX) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to unveil the newly created Graduate/Professional Intake Program rolling out officially August 1st. Over the years KDChi has increasingly received interests from women across the country who may not have attended the Universities our sisterhood has chartered at, but they feel a tie to the values our sisterhood offers. This program was designed for interested women who perhaps did not have the opportunity to obtain membership in our organization during their collegiate years. Estee Hernández, VP of Alumnae Affairs, and Mary González, National President, have worked very hard to ensure that the professional intake process would be similar to the collegiate process but at the same time understanding that different factors come to play when a woman is in a different stage of her life such as motherhood, career, graduate school, and so forth. Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.Unveils Graduate/Professional Membership Program    For Immediate Release:
 
July 18, 2011 (Lubbock, TX) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to unveil the newly created Graduate/Professional Intake Program rolling out officially August 1st. Over the years KDChi has increasingly received interests from women across the country who may not have attended the Universities our sisterhood has chartered at, but they feel a tie to the values our sisterhood offers. This program was designed for interested women who perhaps did not have the opportunity to obtain membership in our organization during their collegiate years. Estee Hernández, VP of Alumnae Affairs, and Mary González, National President, have worked very hard to ensure that the professional intake process would be similar to the collegiate process but at the same time understanding that different factors come to play when a woman is in a different stage of her life such as motherhood, career, graduate school, and so forth.
 
A candidate for membership in the program is a professional woman who is a leader in her community, lives a life of service to the Latina/o population, and has expressed a commitment to lifelong learning. An interested woman must also have received a degree from a four-year accredited institution of higher education. Once the Graduate New Member completes the process, she will have full rights and privileges in Kappa Delta Chi, and will receive a year's membership in the National Alumnae Association. 
 
At this past National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 16 Alumnae sisters were trained to serve as this year's Graduate Member Educators. These sisters will be at the forefront of this new initiative. One of the trained sisters is Vanessa Treviño, an Alumna of the Alpha Chapter who sees this as a phenomenal way to stregthen KDChi's already strong network base, "The training was informative, Treviño said. I feel more connected to the sorority and I feel prepared and empowered to educate the next generation of sisters." VP Hernandez is eager to get the program off the ground. "This will provide Kappa Delta Chi with a new assembly of leaders and will increase the strength and magnitude of our professional network, Hernandez shared. The Graduate/Professional Intake process could not have come at a more exciting time for our sisterhood, as we are on the cusp of change and development."
 
Several informational webinars have been hosted in the last two weeks to inform our membership about the initiative and how to get involved. One more webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. CST. To request attendance at this webinar and/or to inquire about the Graduate/Professional Intake, please contact Estee Hernández, Vice President of Alumni Affairs at [email protected].
 
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina founded, 501 c 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population. KDChi was founded on April 6, 1987 at Texas Tech University. You may visit us on the web at www.KappaDeltaChi.org.

KDChi Beta Alumba hit by a drunk driver in TX and is recovering

KDChi Beta Alumba hit by a drunk driver in TX and is recovering

Please keep one of our Beta alumna sisters in your good thoughts and prayers. On Saturday 41 year old Suzanna Vasquez Gonzales was driving southbound on Hwy 16 near Poteet, TX at 4:30 in the afternoon. A 64-year old suspected drunk driver was headed north in the wrong lane and slammed into her vehicle head-on.

Gonzales sustained severe injuries and was life flighted to a hospital. She has a broken arm, leg, and fractures on her pelvis and 5 ribs. She had a lacerated liver and spleen, but those are controlled and she is now upgraded to stable condition and is resting according to her husband Sibliano Gonzales. Visitation is limited but rest assured she is doing well considering and is just tired" shares her husband, "We are thankful and appreciated of your thoughts, prayers and phone calls."

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KDChi sister & Lawmaker sees issue through undocumented past

KDChi sister & Lawmaker sees issue through undocumented past

State Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna stood before the House on the afternoon of May 9, hours after lawmakers passed the controversial "sanctuary city" bill, and started reading from a prepared statement, her eyes downcast. “Immigration and all that it encompasses is very personal for me because I was an undocumented immigrant,” Hernandez Luna, 32, said in a halting and teary speech. “You may prefer to use the word illegal alien, but I'm not an alien. I am not a problem that must be handled. I'm a human — a person standing before you now as a representative for the Texas House.” With her roughly five-minute speech, she did what some would consider crazy in the current political climate.

KDChi sister & Lawmaker sees issue through undocumented past

One formerly undocumented official says others deserve opportunity.

By Susan Carroll
[email protected]

Updated 12:14 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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KDChi Alpha Beta Alumna fights for child labor laws

KDChi's Alpha Beta Alumna, Norma Flores Lopez is a migrant advocate who heads the Children in the Fields campaign. This article features her struggle to fight for child labor laws.

November 17, 2010 12:03 AM

By Naxiely Lopez

Article courtesy of: The Monitor 

SAN JUAN — It’s been almost half a century since migrant activist César Chávez began fighting for farmworkers’ rights. And today, the battle is not over, especially when it comes to child labor laws, said Norma Flores Lopez, director of the national Children in the Fields campaign. Launched in 1997 and funded by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), the Children in the Fields campaign seeks to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act — a federal law enacted in 1938 that allows children as young as 10 years old to work 30 hours a week or more in the fields, Lopez said.The 25-year-old San Juan native now heads the initiative in Washington, D.C. She began working in the Iowa fields in the third grade.

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Tornado strikes home of Epsilon Alumna, Her family is ok, family is seeking donations

Tornado strikes home of Epsilon Alumna, Her family is ok, family is seeking donations


Dearest sisters,
Tragedy has struck on of our KDChi Epsilon Alumnae Sisters and her family. Naomi Vasquez-Chapa and her husband Rolando's home was destroyed yesterday in Rice, TX by a terrible tornado and storm. Thankfully her husband and four children Rolando, Alejandra, Estela and Alejandra made it out healthy and unharmed. Although her family is fine, they have lost their home and all belongings. No one is ever prepared for this type of devastating event.

Please join the Dallas/Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter in an effort to help out the Vasquez-Chapa family. Donations are being accepted for the family in a SAVINGS account.

If anyone is interested, please contact Gina Castillo at [email protected] or 214-734-0029 or Raquel Guerrero at [email protected] or 817-992-2672 so we can give you the Bank and account number. We do not want to give it out on a mass email. At this point this is the best thing we can do is to be there to support her and her family during this difficult time. 

Thank you!
Kappa Delta Chi
Dallas/Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter

Delta Alumna, Maricela Meza named to Tucson's 40 under 40

Congratulations Delta Alumna, Maricela Meza for being named one of Tucson's 40 under 40!  

Get to know Maricela Meza, 32


An alumni from Delta Chapter at the University of Arizona. She's an Attorney at Karp & Weiss, P.C. and is also an Assistant Director, Academia de Baile, Tradición y Cultura. In addition to being named top 40 under 40, she was also just selected by Inside Tucson Business Magazine as one of 10 Woman of Influence 2010 in Tucson. She makes us so proud and here's a bit of info so that you can get to know her.

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Pi Chapter Aluma featured in Latino Leaders Magazine

Pi Chapter Aluma featured in Latino Leaders Magazine

Congratulations to Vice President of Collegiate Affairs and Pi Chapter Alumni Mary Gonzalez who is featured in the latest edition of Latino LeadersMagazine.

Visit their magazine online at latinoleadersonline.advancedpublishing.com and simply enter your e-mail address to view the article. Following is the text version of the article courtesy Latino Leaders Magazine:



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Pi Alumna, Dina Chavez featured as up and coming clothing designer at Austin (TX) Fashion Week!

Pi Alumna, Dina Chavez featured as up and coming clothing designer at Austin (TX) Fashion Week!

 

 BIOGRAPHY:  Dina Chavez is an up-and-coming customized women's apparel designer, on the verge of expanding her work portfolio. The inspiration behind Dina Chavez designs is Art, in all its many forms, classic, film, pop, architecture, etc., the pieces themselves a celebration of aesthetics. Her designs can also be described as sensually classic. Her main goal is to dress women of all ages who love greatly made, beautiful clothes. Ms. Chavez studied costume design at The University of Texas at Austin and studied fashion design at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

The Product Line is a collection of garments that can easily be worn from the Spring/Summer seasons into the Fall. This accommodates the Austin, TX weather. Each creation is hand crafted in the style of the Rococo era with a modern edge. The designs are made to be eloquently worn with comfortable fabrics. Visit and purchase items at her site. Her work was also featured in Austin's Fashion Week's spread and we're so proud of the impact she's making already!

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Three KDChi Alumnae chosen for prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute Non-Profit Leadership Program

Three KDChi Alumnae chosen for prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute Non-Profit Leadership Program

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
Leading with Integrity, United through Service.
Contact:Gina Garcia, VP of Public Affairs
[email protected]

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For Immediate Release:

July 28, 2010 (Arlington, VA) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is proud to announce three alumnae sisters have been chosen from across the nation to take part in the inaugural Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits (ALL IN) Program beginning this fall in Washington DC. These outstanding women were three of 22 standouts who are known for their strong leadership, civic engagement and their continued dedication to Latina/o issues.

The 2010 Kappa Delta Chi Alumnae chosen for ALL IN are as follows:

Alicia Rascón, El Paso, TX, Latinitas El Paso, TX Latinitas
Co-founder and CEO
Pi Chapter  
Rascon is the co-founder and CEO of Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latina youth build confidence through media, art, culture and technology. As a college student, she launched the first digital magazine for the Latina youth, TeenLatinitas.com. Without funding for her magazine, but with determination and passion, she inspired Latina girls to succeed. Since then, Alicia has made it her life and career to empower Latina youth to realize their potential.














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KDChi Lambda Charter sister shines in beauty business

KDChi Lambda Charter sister shines in beauty business

KDChi Lambda Charter, Bianca Felicea of Arizona State University is a Miami Beach Beauty Examiner and is a dedicated Beauty Director, Aesthetic Instructor, and practicing esthetician with over 15 years of beauty experience in the industry. She started her career by obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State then recieved her license as a facial specialist from the Florida College of Natural Health. Her training in the arts developed into a career in make-up artistry and the specialization of brow shaping while using the threading technique, for which she now has a loyal following. Bianca has worked with John Travolta, Sigourney Weaver, Joey Fatone and Pauly Shore among others. She has also done numerous TV and print work for MTV, FOX, SHAPE magazine and various production companies. She continues to teach esthetics in the Miami Beach area and works with clients out of her Beauty Studio in the MIMO district of Miami. Here's her article, also viewable via the Examiner Link.

Bronze and beautiful in Miami Beach

June 3, 4:11 PM · Bianca Felice - Miami Beach Beauty Examiner

As the heat index in Miami Beach starts to rise, more people search for a tanning solution to their winter skin.  Becoming bronze is essential, but must be done with respect to the sun,  a healthy tan can be achieved but preventative measures must be put into place or a fake bake can take its place.  There are many choices when it comes to achieving the perfect glow, it can be done naturally or produced by spray tans, lotions, or make-up applications.

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KDChi, Eta Chapter Advisor & sister Victoria Salas receives Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award

KDChi, Eta Chapter Advisor & sister Victoria Salas receives Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2010

Contact: Elvia Cazares Publicity Chair, Eta Chapter
[email protected]                                                                      

KAPPA DELTA CHI, ETA CHAPTER

ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
“Our Treasure”


Canyon, TX – (May 1, 2010) Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., Eta Chapter, is pleased to inform our sisters of one of our greatest achievements this year. On April 23, 2009 our Advisor and sister Victoria Salas received the Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award on our campus. She was in the top three against some of the advisors from large organizations at West Texas A&M University, but due to all of her hard work and the success she has contributed to our Chapter she was given recognition. She deserves this recognition above all for all of the great things she has done. We are proud to be a part of her life. The nomination essay written by our Active Members gave West Texas A&M a clear view of why Victoria Salas is the best Advisor and sister:

“Three years ago Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., Eta Chapter was given a second chance at West Texas A&M University. Through various struggles and numerous attempts to raise our fallen organization we found a treasure, a unique irreplaceable treasure. Our Advisor, Victoria Salas, has given the young ladies of Kappa Delta Chi the courage to fight the battles that we encounter and the opportunity to grow as an organization and as sisters. She has shown us the true power of service and sisterhood.

Victoria Salas was a part of the elite group of young women who brought Kappa Delta Chi to our campus in the Spring of 1993. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she became the first Alumni for the Eta Chapter of Kappa Delta Chi. She has stayed involved in and vigorously supportive of Kappa Delta Chi ever since. Her active support, advice, and service have pushed us to be superior sisters and vigorous community members.

Victoria has stayed with us through the ups and downs of our organization and it is inspiring to think that she is not only an amazing advisor but also an exceptional sister. We value her wisdom and her willingness to help us become leaders of a large diverse campus. She is always ready to share her knowledge and we can always count on her to guide us till the end.

After being asked to give a brief statement of her love for Kappa Delta Chi and her excitement for being our advisor she stated, “I am very close to my sisters – we have gone on to share many of life’s changes together celebrating marriages, births, career moves and even stood by each other through sad times; deaths, divorces, and disappointment… through it all, none of us would probably have become friends if not for Kappa Delta Chi. …  For me the sisterhood is a very special part of my life and I am not sure I could leave it behind even it I tried, because I am so intertwined. Being asked to be the advisor is such a privilege… because I have come full circle from where I began. It has truly enriched my life and brought back so many good memories as well as allowed me to create new ones.”

She is an advisor, but more than that she is a friend and a true sister. She has opened up her home and her heart for all of the girls of Kappa Delta Chi. We genuinely believe that Victoria Salas is the glue that holds our organization together. The most heartwarming part of this wonderful story is knowing that she stands in our shadow giving us the strength and the support,  yet when we are praised she lets us stand in the spotlight as she proudly looks from behind the scene. She is our treasure, a treasure that we were fortunate to come upon… a treasure we will never give up. Without a doubt Victoria Salas deserves it all. Victoria, an elite woman willing to give love, share knowledge, and never give up. The perfect example for the current ladies of Kappa Delta Chi, and the future hope of our organization.”

It was the most exciting thing to see Victoria receive this exceptional award. Congratulations to our sister one of our best and an elite part of our sisterhood!

KDChi Sister is a football player with Houston Energy Women's Team

KDChi Sister is a football player with Houston Energy Women's Team

KDChi is proud to announce Alpha Mu Alumni sister, Annette Guerrero plays for the Houston Energy Women's Football Team and will shine at her next home game. The game will be held on May 8th at 5pm in Pearland at the Rig Stadium (click for address and info). She's selling tickets to the game for $12.

Friend her on facebook to purchase a ticket or donate $12. Houston area alumnae are trying to attend the game together as a chapter and hope that you will join them or if you'd like to donate $12 to support our wonderful sister. 

Meet your sister Annette Guerrero:



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KDChi Alumna Delia Garcia goes to Washington DC

KDChi, Alpha Alpha Alumni & Kansas Rep. Garcia Invited To Nation's Capitol

U.S. Sen. Reid & Leadership Will Meet With Key Latino Elected Officials On Economic Issues Facing Latino Communities


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 
April 14, 2010                          

                             
WASHINGTON, DC - Economic challenges facing Latino communities across the U.S. will be the topic of discussion at a meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 15th on Capitol Hill at the Senate Visitors Center in Room 213.  Key Latino state and local elected officials were invited to Washington D.C. for a meeting with the U.S. Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force to discuss economic issues facing Latino families in across the U.S.
During this closed meeting, Rep. Delia Garcia will meet personally with U.S. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to help raise awareness about economic issues facing Latinos in Kansas and possible ideas to create jobs, and strengthen our economy, one state at a time.

"It is my goal is to inform our U.S. Senate Leadership and Senate Members on this Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force that Kansas Latinos have been especially hit hard during these economic hard times, especially in the construction jobs," says State Rep. Delia Garcia. "We in the heartland of the U.S. in the great state of Kansas are feeling these economic hardships at about 5% unemployment in some parts of our state, which is why I think it is imperative for some program funding to be targeted to area-specific communities."

Senate Democrats know well that Hispanics, like all Americans, are struggling to keep their jobs and survive in these dire economic times. Job losses continue, unemployment remains high, and family incomes have been hit hard by the recession. As the Senate continues to work on passing legislation to create jobs and build on the work that has been done over the past year to help turn around our economy, it is in this forum meeting that we will have the opportunity for Democratic Senators to engage with Latino state and local elected officials on addressing these issues. 
"This is an important opportunity for Kansas to be represented and for me to speak directly with the decision makers in Washington about the benefits of innovative action steps suggested by us elected officials on the ground in our respective states," said Rep. Delia Garcia.

A Press Conference led by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will take place on Thursday, April 15th at 3pm at the Senate Visitors Center in Room 213.

About The Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force:
The U.S. Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force was created nearly 20 years ago with the intent of strengthening relationships between Hispanic/Latino leaders and Senators to ensure the issues of greatest importance to Latinos are at the top of our legislative agenda in order to work together to address mutual concerns. www.dsoc.senate.gov

Delta Alumna seeks sponsorships

Stephanie Valenzuela, Delta Alum seeks donations for her "Up with People" project!

A personal letter from Stephanie to her KDChi sisters:

Dear Sisters,

As a young girl, I knew very little of the program Up with People; however, that changed a couple of years ago when I crossed paths with an old friend who shared her experience as a former cast member of Up with People. She raved about the adventure of travel, the friendships she cultivated worldwide, the opportunity for service, and the cultural diversity. I left her intrigued and with a desire to know more. I thought, “That’s something I would like to do someday.” Now, years after my brief introduction as a child and a friend’s testimonial, I find myself a part of the wonderful international leadership program that is Up with People.

I have been accepted to travel with Up with People as part of Cast B 2010. This adventure begins in Denver, Colorado with a month of staging and orientation. Our tentative itinerary takes us from the Western states of the USA to Taiwan, Japan, back to the states for a stop in Texas and eventually Mexico.

Up with People (UWP) is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity to Travel with a purpose, Perform for thousands and Impact communities. UWP provides a unique combination of performing arts, community service, international travel and a host family exchange to create a positive impact in each community and break down cultural barriers. UWP uses music to communicate with and inspire people while also infusing a sense of social responsibility and dedication to community service as part of their core elements. The program offers a chance to gain a global perspective and a better understanding of other cultures and social issues. UWP fosters leadership skills and opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

I am thrilled to be a part of such an organization. I have a degree in Psychology and I am currently working on my Masters in Human Relations. I also volunteer at Tu Nidito as a grief support facilitator. I love working with and for people. Connecting to each community through the participation of various community service projects, performing a dynamic musical show and experiencing global education curriculum during my UWP adventure will allow me to develop necessary life skills and broader perspectives making me a better leader and global citizen. I enjoy traveling and welcome the opportunity to immerse myself in diverse cultures and find myself eager to learn through new and rewarding challenges.

In order to help make my experience with UWP a reality I am seeking your financial assistance. The program fee for my tour from June through December is $14,250 and includes nearly all costs associated with the program. Although this is a large sum, it is a worthy investment in my future. I am asking for your help to attain my goal. My trip is 150 days.

If you would be interested in sponsoring one day of my travels at $93 dollars, I will be successful in my attempts to secure funding. On a day of your choosing, I will send you a post card detailing my day’s adventure.

To help sponsor my participation, simply make your check payable to Stephanie Valenzuela and include Up With People in the memo line. Your much appreciated contribution can be mailed to the address below. You may also visit my myspace page to make an online donation via PayPal and to track my fundraising efforts and future travels.Any assistance you can provide will go directly toward my program costs and will be of great value in helping me achieve this opportunity of a lifetime.

If you have any questions about Up with People, please contact myself or my Admissions Counselor, Ellen Enebo. She can be reached by email: [email protected] people.org .

If you are interested in learning more about Up with People, please visit the official Up with People website. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Warm regards,
Stephanie Valenzuela
734 W. Calle Garcia
Tucson, Arizona 85706
[email protected]
Phone: 520-429-3308