KDChi's Delta Chapter is Thriving

KDChi's Delta Chapter at Univ of Arizona is thriving

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Greek Life at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, is the largest Greek program in the state of Arizona, according to the UA Fraternity and Sorority Program website. Unfortunately, it lacks diversity, but two Greek organizations are looking to change that.

The UA has two Latin Greek organizations on campus, the Kappa Delta Chi sorority and the Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity. Both chapters have been active at the UA for a little more than 10 years now.

Kappa Delta Chi's University of Arizona Chapter was founded on November 9, 1991, according to Kappa Delta Chi sister Melissa Hernandez. "The chapter was started by four women," Hernandez said. "We now have over 100 active members and alumni who are apart of the Kappa Delta Chi legacy and have helped make a name for our chapter on campus." With 25 current members in the organization, Hernandez stresses how the size does not hinder them from having pride in their sorority.

"Yes we are small compared to many other sororities on campus," Hernandez said. "But we are a family. We have such a close bond with one another that we aren't affected by a small chapter size. The Kappa Delta Chi sisters have a lot of heart and dedication to the group."

Kappa Delta Chi is the first Latina sorority to come to the UA, Hernandez said, and focuses its efforts on helping the Hispanic community. "The sorority is community service based," she said. "Our main philanthropy is the American Cancer Association, but we help in the Tucson community."

The sorority recruits new pledges at the beginning of every semester. "It is a really fun process to go through," said Erin Parra, a new pledge for Kappa Delta Chi. "Since the sorority is smaller, you really get to know all of the sisters which is something you don't see in a lot of other Greek organizations."

The sisters of Kappa Delta Chi also travel across the border for community service work. "In the past, we have gone into Mexico to help with Habitat for Humanity," said Hernandez. "It is extremely rewarding and so easy to do since we basically live on the border."

The Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Chi at the UA continues to thrive and add new members to their tight knit group of sisters.
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