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Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated (ΛΠΧ) (also known as Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.) is a Latina-based, but not Latina-exclusive Greek letter intercollegiate sorority founded on April 16, 1988, at Cornell University by five women.[1]

The organization is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

History

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad /Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was established on April 16, 1988, at Cornell University by Patricia Rivera, Maria Caban, Eva Marie Sosa, Migdalia Franklin and Dr. Irma Almirall-Padamsee. The organization was founded upon three principles: La Cultura Latina (the Latino Culture), La Comunidad (the Community), and La Hermandad (the Sisterhood).[2] It is a Latina-based, but not Latina exclusive sorority and is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).

Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was the first Latina sorority incorporated in New York state.[3] During the organization's 2015 National Convention, members voted to become gender inclusive, the first National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) sorority to do so.[4]

On March 25, 2017, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., established their first chapter at a historically black college and university (HBCU) with a provisional chapter at North Carolina Central University. The Organization is the first Latina-based, and not exclusive, Sorority on the campus,[5] and the second National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) sorority to establish a chapter at a HBCU.

Philanthropy

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. focuses on serving the Latino community with an emphasis on the Latina, communities of color, and members of other underserved communities.[6] To do this, the sorority partakes in two public service projects: L.E.A.A.P: Latinas Educating on AIDS Awareness and Prevention and Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. Hacer in Spanish means to make, to build, to do.[7]

On July 14, 2016, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. announced two scholarship opportunities in honor of deceased Hermanas Fanny D. Carela and Gabby Oberti. The two scholarship opportunities are intended to embody the spirit and passion of the Hermanas and also invest in the advancement and education of La Hermanadad (the Sisterhood) and La Comunidad (the Community).[8]

Chapters

Lambda Pi Chi currently has twenty-five undergraduate chapters and ten professional/graduate chapters:

Undergraduate chapters

Professional and graduate chapters

  • Pi Alpha—New York, New York
  • Pi Beta—Washington, D.C.
  • Pi Gamma—Miami, Florida
  • Pi Delta—Upstate New York region
  • Pi Epsilon—Rochester, New York
  • Pi Zeta—Southern California
  • Pi Eta—New Jersey
  • Pi Theta—Boston, Massachusetts
  • Pi Iota—North Carolina
  • Pi Kappa—Long Island, New York
  • Pi Lambda— Houston, Texas

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