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National Board Update RE: Anti-Sexual ViolenceKappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. does not condone any form of sexual violence, misconduct or harassment towards anyone. Sexual violence can include but are not limited to physical abuse, mental/verbal abuse, and sexual and gender-based violence. As an organization founded to empower other womxn as well as members of the community, we stand in solidarity with the brave survivors who have shared their stories. We care about you, and have always been here to serve and support you. We will continue to work towards listening, supporting, and educating our members. We stand in solidarity with our Sisters and hope to provide guidance and support during this time. We will continue to advocate and support for structural and cultural changes across the Asian Greek community and organizations, but we also recognize that it includes evaluating our own internal procedures and ability to provide resources to our Sisters. While this is still a work in progress, we are working tirelessly to implement actionable items that will commit to the safety and integrity of our members. As a sorority, we have committed to the following initiatives in order to better support, educate, and listen to our Sisters:
- The establishment of a diversity, equity, and inclusion task force, which will include a new initiative to provide education and programming focused on interpersonal violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. This initiative,
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Statement on Anti-Black Racism, Taking Accountability, and Moving ForwardKappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., condemns all forms of discrimination or violence against any of our Black or African American Sisters or members of the Black community. As an organization founded on the pillar of Cultural Diversity, we stand in solidarity with the Black community and our Black Sisters in that their lives matter, their voices matter, and ultimately they matter. Black Lives Matter. We must uplift and support our Black Sisters and continue to fight, advocate, and educate ourselves and our community to bring change. We know our Sisters are hurting right now, but we will never stop fighting to ensure that those Sisters truly feel supported and that their lives matter. As National Board, we have committed to the following initiatives in order to better support our Black Sisters in solidarity:
- The establishment of the Ujima Committee, a cohort designed to create anti-racist policies and practices, address and rehabilitate anti-Black behaviors and actions, and provide an organized voice for Black Sisters—spearheaded and developed by Sisters.
- The immediate inclusion and implementation of Anti-Black racism and Black Lives Matter education into our upcoming national programming including workshops hosted by our own Sisters as well as the NAPA Black Coalition and a national town hall hosted and led by our own Sisters at our August National Conference. We are committed to incorporating long-term measures to continue the inclusion
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Statement on UNR ChapterJune 26, 2020 -- On Thursday, June 25th, allegations regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct involving members at our Alpha Theta Chapter at the University of Nevada, Reno was publicly shared on a Twitter account.The National Board of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. is aware of these allegations. As a result of this, an investigation will be conducted by the National Board to thoroughly review any misconduct. The chapter’s operations at the University of Nevada, Reno have been temporarily suspended until further notice pending the results of the investigation. We do not condone any behavior related to sexual assault or sexual violence in any form and is a direct violation of our Sexual Violence and Assault Policy outlined in our National Risk Management Policy. Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., is an organization rooted in three core pillars but also just as importantly, an organization dedicated to empowering our members and women across the nation to not only do good, but do better. — About Kappa Phi Lambda Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (ΚΦΛ, also known as KPL) is an Asian-interest sorority founded on March 9th, 1995, at Binghamton University. As one of the fastest growing Asian-interest sororities in the United States, KPL strives to strengthen sisterhood amongst women by providing service and promoting cultural diversity to their members and their community. For more information, visit http://kappaphilambda.org. — Contact Teri Chung, National Vice President of Standards
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Kappa Phi Lambda Monitoring the COVID-19March 12th, 2020 - -With the safety and well-being of all members of Kappa Phi Lambda as National Board’s utmost priority, we wanted to reach out to you regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effect on our membership and campuses. In the past several days, a growing number of universities and colleges have elected to suspend in-person classes for on-site classroom instruction and may transition to online/remote classes for the remainder of the semester/quarter. In addition, universities have instituted recommendations and policies regarding travel, events, and group meetings. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). We want to best support our active members as well as our whole membership and respect our greater communities. National Board has issued guidance to our membership in regard to activities and operations within and related to Kappa Phi Lambda. National Board will continue to monitor the situation on our campuses and across the country. There is still much uncertainty about COVID-19, but we should still be very safety-conscious, prepared, and ever resilient. National Board echoes the guidance provided by the CDC and the WHO that if you are sick, please stay home, avoid public areas, and avoid public transportation until you are well and no longer exhibiting symptoms. If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please call
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Statement to Address the Rescinding of DACASeptember 12th, 2017 - - We, the Sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., are deeply disheartened by the White House Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Established in June 2012, DACA serves to protect eligible immigrant youth who were brought to the United States as children from deportation and provide work permits. Over 800,000 individuals from different backgrounds and stories will be affected by this action. These individuals may be close friends, colleagues, mentors, family, and perhaps even some of our very own Sisters. As an organization dedicated to promoting and educating members and communities not only on Pan-Asian culture but Cultural Diversity, we are committed to supporting our Sisters who may be affected. The decision to end DACA comes with a six-month wind down and leaves an open door for Congress to act and pass legislation by March 5th, 2018. We encourage our Sisters and the community to reach out to their respective Senators and Congressional Representative(s). For more information on DACA and recommended resources to those impacted, please visit:
Kappa Phi Lambda is proud to recognize women who achieve academic excellence, while striving for sisterhood, service, and cultural diversity. The Phoenix List acknowledges those who have met and exceed the national requirements and achieved a 3.2 semester GPA or higher. Congrats once again ladies and keep up the good work! 731
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Official Statement in Response to Charlottesville, VAAugust 14th, 2017 - - Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. condemns the acts of violence that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. As women who stand on the pillars of Sisterhood, Service, and Cultural Diversity, we denounce all forms of violence, racism, and bigotry, and will continue to promote an inclusive and supportive sisterhood. We mourn the death of Heather Heyer, a young woman who stood with her fellow Americans. We also hold those that were injured and personally impacted in our thoughts and hearts while they recover. As we continually strive to promote Cultural Diversity to our members and our community, we stand by our Sisters who advocate and take action against racism and social injustice in this country. We will continue to stand by our Sisters who have been impacted by these recent events. To quote Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, “We work here today to bring people together to unify folks. I remind you all that we are a nation of immigrants… Our diversity, that mosaic tile of immigrants, is what makes us so special. And we will not let anybody come here and destroy it.” --- About Kappa Phi Lambda Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (ΚΦΛ, also known as KPL) is an Asian-interest sorority founded on March 9th, 1995, at Binghamton University. As one of the fastest growing Asian-interest sororities in the United States, KPL
The Kappa Phi Lambda National Alumnae Association is hosting the bi-annual event, Scarlet Gala at The Heist in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 24th, 2017. We invite all of our Sisters across the nation to gather together for a fun evening. The theme this year is:
Double Down on EmpowermentIt represents us focusing on our growth and development as an organization of strong women who are passionate about women empowerment, especially on Asian American issues. For more information and tickets, please visit here.
Ahoy there! Yo ho ho ho! A Kappa's Life For Me!
This year's National August Conference will be hosted in Tampa, Florida on August 5th - 6th, 2017!We're extremely excited to host conference not only in Florida but also in the city of our newest school, University of South Florida, that we chartered back in 2015. This year, National Board elections will once again be held so if any alumnae are interested in volunteering their time to help guide your fellow younger sisters, maintaining, and improving the sorority, please keep an eye out for information in June! Sisters who are interested in attending, please contact your school or National Board if you are interested in attending! They will steer you in the right direction for registration. As a note, the deadline to register is July 8th, 2017.
So...why pirates? In keeping with August conference being themed as well as it being the first conference of the academic year, we thought it'd be fun to have a pirate theme, something that we don't get to do very often. With the theme "A Kappa's Life For Me," we hope it will be a rejuvenation of why we joined this sisterhood in the first place. PLUS, pirates have actually been a key component of Tampa's history. There are many legends surrounding multiple pirates in this bay area, with the most famous being José Gaspar, a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly operated in Southwest Florida in the early 1800s. In fact! A