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
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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.


Jennifer Sanchez, Salt Lake City, UT
Poder Para La Familia Hispana
Pi Chapter
Sanchez serves as a Gang Intervention Specialist at Poder Para La Familia Hispana, a nonprofit working to reduce the disproportionate representation of Latinos in Utah's Juvenile Justice System. She started as a volunteer in 2006 and later became a part-time instructor with Ocho Pasos, a program working with Latino/a youth offenders. Jennifer's work with Ocho Pasos and other nonprofits has fueled her passion to make a difference through this sector as well as through her job as a journalist. She has worked at newspapers for the last decade. Aside from Ocho Pasos, she volunteers at DiverCity, a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit. Jennifer helps coordinate the Backpack2School program to collect school supplies for low-income students and has served more than 600 students.



Jesusita Santillan, Dallas, TX
The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future
Upsilon Chapter
Santillan serves as the Program Manager for Leadership America (LA), the flagship program of the Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future and Smithsonian Affiliate located in historic Fair Park, Dallas, Texas. One of the longest running national women's leadership programs, LA brings together women of accomplishment and provides exposure to the most creative, innovative, and forward-thinking leaders in the nation.



The National Hispana Leadership Institute's New Program in Partnership with the American Express Foundation to Address the Under-representation of Nonprofit Latina Leaders Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits Fellows Set to Begin Next Week
(Washington, DC) Following a highly competitive application process, the National Hispana Leadership Institute -the nation's premier leadership organization for Latinas- selected 22 outstanding professionals in the nonprofit sector to  participate in the first class of the Advancing Latina Leaders in Nonprofits (ALL IN) Program, an effort spearheaded with the support of the American Express Foundation.

The fellows, who represent 10 states and a cross-section of Hispanic groups, and work on a variety of issues affecting the Latino and underserved communities, will begin the first phase of their training on July 30. The program consists of two on-site training sessions -an eight-day intensive session in Washington DC with a certificate from Georgetown University's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and a follow up nonprofit management institute in November -an online training component, as well as a mentoring component and a capstone or leadership project.

"The 2010 ALL IN Fellows are an exceptional group of women who exemplify the essence of Latina leadership, they are smart, high achievers, passionate about the issues they work for, and committed to improving opportunities for all Latinos. These young Latinas have a bright future ahead of them and without a doubt will transform the leadership culture in America's nonprofit sector," said Cristina López, NHLI's President.

ALL IN is NHLI's latest initiative focusing on emerging professionals. The program seeks to address the underrepresentation of Latina professionals in the nonprofit sector by preparing, promoting and sustaining the next generation of nonprofit leaders.
The curriculum focuses on leadership styles and strengths, communication skills, strategic planning and other nonprofit management topics and provide access to Latina role models and mentors so that fellows find their voice as effective community leaders, build their external networks and advance in the leadership pipeline
Demand for talent coupled with a scarcity of people of color in the leadership pipeline will create significant challenges for the nonprofit sector in the coming years, but also extraordinary opportunities for Latinas.

"Programs such as ALL IN are vital to developing the leadership, voice and power of Latinas in the nonprofit sector," said López. "The American Express Foundation understands the strategic importance of bringing more people of color into the nonprofit leadership pipeline - greater diversity of thinking and more leaders who have the skills and will to meet our country's challenges," she concluded.

By providing Hispanic women with leadership and professional development opportunities and access to role models and mentors, NHLI serves as a catalyst to address the underrepresentation of Latina professionals in leadership positions. For more information, please visit the NHLI website directly for the full release and information on the programs NHLI provides.

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC was established in 1987 to address the underrepresentation of Latinas in the corporate, nonprofit and political arenas. NHLI's mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.

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.

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