Kappa Phi Lambda
ΚΦΛ
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FoundedMarch 9, 1995; 27 years ago (1995-03-09)
Binghamton University
TypeCultural
AffiliationNAPA
ScopeNational
PillarsSisterhood, Service, and Cultural Diversity
Colors  Red
  White
  Heather Grey
FlowerOrchid
JewelDiamond
MascotPhoenix
PhilanthropyCARE
Chapters25
Colonies8
Members4,000+ lifetime
NicknamesKappas, KPL
Websitekplsorority.org

Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (ΚΦΛ also known as Kappas and KPL) is a nonprofit, Asian-interest sorority that was founded on March 9, 1995 at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. Represented at 33 schools with over 4,000 members nationally, Kappa Phi Lambda is one of the fastest expanding Asian-American interest sororities in the United States. Kappa Phi Lambda is also a member of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).[1]

History

Seven women came together to establish Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at Binghamton University on March 9, 1995. The seven founders were Elizabeth Choi, Karen Eng, Rei Hirasawa, Hee Cho Moon, Chae Yoo, Samantha Somchanhmavong, and Connie Yang. The sorority was conceived through the notion of an organization that would provide a culturally sound and educationally inspiring grounding for Asian-American women.[2][3] These women saw there was a need for an organization of this kind that would give inspiration and education to their community.[4]

This sorority is open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds who want to learn about, actively speak for, and represent Pan-Asian culture.[4]

Philanthropy

Kappa Phi Lambda promotes the ideal of philanthropy by adoption of CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, as its national philanthropy.[5]

CARE is a global organization that is dedicated to ending poverty and achieving social justice.[6] Their focus is on equal rights and opportunities for women and girls, aligning with KPL's dedication to women empowerment.

Active chapters

There are currently 25 active chapters and 8 associate chapters.[2][7]

Chapter Campus Location Founding Date
α (Alpha) Binghamton University Binghamton, New York March 9, 1995
γ (Gamma) Syracuse University Syracuse, New York November 16, 1997
δ (Delta) Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York February 28, 1998
ζ (Zeta) St. John's University Queens, New York January 10, 1998
η (Eta) Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey November 7, 1999
ι (Iota) Cornell University Ithaca, New York May 19, 2000
μ (Mu) University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts May 12, 2001
ν (Nu) Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois November 23, 2002
ξ (Xi) Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts June 15, 2002
ο (Omicron) Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio May 31, 2003
ρ (Rho) University of Florida Gainesville, Florida April 3, 2004
σ (Sigma) University of Connecticut Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut April 10, 2004
τ (Tau) Columbia University New York, New York December 6, 2003
υ (Upsilon) University at Albany Albany, New York November 14, 2004
φ (Phi) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan April 13, 2003
χ (Chi) University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland November 14, 2004
ψ (Psi) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, Illinois November 12, 2006
αα (Alpha Alpha) George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia November 13, 2004
αβ (Alpha Beta) George Washington University Washington, D.C. May 10, 2008
αγ (Alpha Gamma) University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas November 21, 2009
αδ (Alpha Delta) Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois February 21, 2004
αε (Alpha Epsilon) North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina November 10, 2012
αζ (Alpha Zeta) University of South Florida Tampa, Florida November 14, 2015
αη (Alpha Eta) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina November 23, 2013
αθ (Alpha Theta) University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nevada May 2, 2015

Associate chapters

Campus Location Founding Date
ε (Epsilon) New York University New York, New York March 7, 1998
Reestablished:
May 1, 2016
π (Pi) Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania November 3, 2002
Reestablished:
November 17, 2018
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina November 11, 2017
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 9, 2019
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina April 13, 2019
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio March 28, 2020
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Minneapolis, Minnesota March 7, 2021
Wright State University Dayton, Ohio April 1, 2022

Inactive chapters

Campus Location Founding Date
β (Beta) University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York February 22, 1997
θ (Theta) Baruch College New York, New York August 20, 1999
Miami University Oxford, Ohio April 22, 2006
Duke University Durham, North Carolina April 3, 2010
λ (Lambda) Proprietary Information Baltimore, MD July 8, 2001
University of Denver Denver, Colorado April 20, 2013
American University Washington, D.C. April 14, 2018

See also

References

  1. ^ "About - National APIDA Panhellenic Association". National APIDA Panhellenic Association. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive), section showing Kappa Phi Lambda chapters". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. Retrieved 1 January 2022. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  3. ^ "About Us – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  4. ^ a b "National History – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  5. ^ "National Philanthropy – CARE – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  6. ^ careadmin (2013-08-23). "About". CARE. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  7. ^ "Schools – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.