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Kappa Delta Chi
ΚΔΧ
FoundedApril 6, 1987; 36 years ago (1987-04-06)
Texas Tech University
TypeSocial
AffiliationNALFO
EmphasisLatina
ScopeNational
MottoLeading with Integrity, United through Service
MaximUnity, Honesty, Integrity & Leadership
Colors  Pink and   Maroon
FlowerPink Rose
JewelEmerald
MascotPenguin
PublicationThe Emerald
PhilanthropyAmerican Cancer Society
Chapters67, 7 Colonies
HeadquartersP.O. Box 4317
Lubbock, Texas 79409
United States
Websitewww.kappadeltachi.org

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. (ΚΔΧ), also known as K-D Chi (pronounced Kay-Dee-Kie), is a Greek letter, intercollegiate Latina sorority founded at Texas Tech University in 1987.[1] It is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.[2]

Purpose

The Purpose of Kappa Delta Chi is to promote the traditional values of Unity, Honesty, Integrity and Leadership among women at colleges and universities. Through numerous service events, sisterhood retreats and academic and cultural workshops, KDChi's learn more about themselves and each other. They sprout into impacting leaders and help guide the next generation to success. KDChi is a Latina-founded, community-service-driven sorority full of sisters of all backgrounds and professions.

Mission statement

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority is a Latina founded, 501(c)7, national sorority that 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.

History

Founding

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority was established at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in 1987 by four friends, Cynthia Garza Fleitman, Irene Montoya Robinson, Melissa Montoya Cannon, and Nellie Flores Ledesma, who recognized the need to unify and promote leadership amongst Hispanic women at the university. The founders are, however, no longer active within the organization. Their dream was to create something more lasting than a club that would extend beyond their college days. They sought to incorporate the principles of unity, honesty, integrity, and leadership into this organization.

The four founders began the steps to become recognized as an organization at the university and asked Marlene Hernandez, Associate Director of New Student Relations to be their adviser. The founders enlisted the aid of ten women to help promote the ideals and philosophy of the sorority to other Hispanic women at Texas Tech. These ten women are known as the Charter members of Kappa Delta Chi. They are as follows:

Kappa Delta Chi was recognized as an official organization at Texas Tech University on April 6, 1987, now considered the sorority's founding date. It became a national sorority with the induction of the first chapter outside of Texas in 1991, Delta chapter at the University of Arizona. Over the years, Kappa Delta Chi has grown to include women of various ethnicities and cultures and has inducted other chapters in eight states.

Kappa Delta Chi was recognized as a community service-based, nonprofit corporation by the State of Texas on September 25, 1997. Subsequently, the organization became known as Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.

NALFO

KDChi is a member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO).[2] In 2010, Kappa Delta Chi won the awards from NALFO:[3]

In 2011, Kappa Delta Chi won the following awards from NALFO:

Symbols

KDChi's colors are pink and maroon.[4] Its mascot is the penguin and its flower is the pink rose.[5] The official KDChi motto was chosen in 2008 and it is "Leading with Integrity, United through Service."[4]

Philanthropy

KDChi supports two National Philanthropy endeavors, the Kappa Delta Chi Foundation and the American Cancer Society.[5] Undergraduate chapters hold an annual Bowl-A-Thon or KD Kickball event that funds the majority of the projects that the National Foundation sponsors. The Foundation receives, manages, and distributes scholarship funds, annual gifts, and other donations.

The money raised by the Kappa Delta Chi Foundation is used for educational and leadership development programs for the sorority's local communities as well as for scholarships. The Kappa Delta Chi Foundation High School Scholarship was established in 1999 to help graduating high school women enter their first year of college. The scholarship is available on a competitive basis and is a one-time award. The Foundation has also added the Irene Montoya Scholarships to include members pursuing their undergraduate and graduate careers. Since its beginning in 1999, the Kappa Delta Chi Scholarship Fund has awarded over $25,000 in educational awards. The Foundation has also integrated grants that undergraduate and alumnae chapters can apply for so that they can implement service learning projects such as educational and leadership programming.

Governance

Annually, KDChi holds a National Conference where leadership, training, and special events take place. KDChi's National Headquarters is in Lubbock, Texas.

Chapters

Main article: List of Kappa Delta Chi chapters

KDChi has collegiate, graduate, and alumnae chapters across the United States.[6][1]

Notable members

References

  1. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive)". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 7 June 2023. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  2. ^ a b "Member Organizations – National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations". nalfo.org. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  3. ^ "KDChi's new addition to the family and NALFO Awards". Kappa Delta Chi - Latest News. April 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-04-26 – via Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "About". Kappa Delta Chi, Chi Chapter. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  5. ^ a b "Home Page". Kappa Delta Chi. Retrieved June 6, 2023.
  6. ^ "Chapter Directory". Kappa Delta Chi. July 2022. Retrieved 2023-06-07.