2 KDChi sisters Chosen for NHLI's Summer Program


Margot Bernal of KDChi's Lambda Chapter and Maria Vargas of KDChi's Beta Delta Chapter travel to Washington, DC for the seven day training in July, 2013  

For Immediate Release:

LUBBOCK, TX - Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. is so proud to announce that two undergraduate sisters were chosen for the National Hispana Leadership Institute's Latinas Leading Tomorrow summer program 2013. Margot Bernal from KDChi's Lambda Chapter at Arizona State University and Maria Vargas from KDChi's Beta Delta Chapter at Western Oregon University are NHLI's class of 2013 Latinas Leading Tomorrow Program.        

Margot Bernal is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. She is the oldest of 3 and the first one to attend college in her family. She is a member of Mujer Inc, E-board for The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, a Student Orientation Leader, and forms part of other several other organizations that focus on promoting higher education for Latinos and helping the community. Ms. Bernal has had the opportunity to go abroad to China and Brazil. She has also had the opportunity of interning with Univision 33 and Canal 44/CNN Latino. Margot hopes to continue her education and obtain a doctorates degree. She hopes to become a famous entertainment reporter, has a plan to own a resource center for people with autism, and a non-profit organization for immigrants. Ms. Bernal enjoys singing, dancing, reading and anything that will make of her a better person.   

Maria Vargas is a sophomore at Western Oregon University studying Social Science with an emphasis on Criminal Justice, Spanish, and a Public Policy minor. She is a strong and perserverant Latina with big dreams. Her ultimate goal in life is to make a difference in the life of others.She believes it is never to early to start achieving your dreams.Ms. Vargas is dedicated to her community and family. She works with youth by mentoring them to attend higher education. She also volunteers at a farm working community. Her family is a strong motivator.  She has a family of 8. With her parents being farm workers, they only have enough to live month to month, but through out the difficult financial situations, they manage to support each other. Her bucket list includes traveling to different places and helping out where needed. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, running, and cooking.    

The program was created to help young Latinas stay in school and be prepared to enter the workforce of the 21st century, NHLI created the Latinas Learning to Lead Program in 1987, targeted college-enrolled, 18-24 year old Latinas. The mission of the program is to promote and fosters the career and educational development of young college-aged Latina leaders through training, mentoring opportunities, and access to national networks and tools to create a community impact through their leadership projects. Session topics include effective communication and presentation skills, advocacy training, public policy issues affecting the Latino community, and other professional and leadership development topics, such as financial literacy and career opportunities.

The LLL program has graduated over 200 young Latinas since its inception in 2001. Program evaluation data demonstrates approximately 71% of LLL participants indicate that the program reinforces their completion of higher education credentials. In addition, 96% of participants report that they plan on attaining a graduate or professional degree.    

The NHLI’s LLL program annually selects 22 Fellows and is a pipeline that numerous KDChi sisters have been through and recommend to one another. Upon hearing news that two KDChi sisters were selected for the program, well wishes started rolling in via social media. Jennifer Lopez, an alumni of KDChi's Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Las Vegas wishes the girls much luck and says the program changed her life, "I love to hear about penguins invoked with this phenomenal program! I wish her a successful and insightful trip full of new friends, deep learning, and lots of site seeing." Lisa Ramirez, an Alumni from KDChi's Alpha Chapter and of the NHLI Executive Leadership Program who currently resides in the DC metro area says she can't wait to see and meet the ladies when they arrive.    

About NHLI: 

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC was established in 1987 to address underrepresentation of Latinas in the corporate, nonprofit and political arenas. NHLI's mission is to develop Latinas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism. You can find out more about the various programs they offer by visiting them at http://www.NHLI.org. 

~Leading with Integrity, United through Service~

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-founded, 501(c)7, national sorority that fosters professional development, academics, lifelong learning, and higher education degree attainment; an organization dedicated to community service to institutions of higher education and the community with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population. You may visit us on the web at www.KappaDeltaChi.org.

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