Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
Sisterhood. Service. Cultural Diversity.
Xi Chapter at Northeastern University
We, the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., strive to strengthen sisterhood amongst women by providing service and promoting cultural diversity to our members and our community, thus securing the bond of kinship for posterity. Kappa Phi Lambda exists to further educate individuals about Pan-Asian culture while keeping our own identities. We aim for academic excellence, keeping in mind the importance of education and learning as the key to strength, awareness, and fulfillment.
Seven extraordinary women came together to establish Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at Binghamton University on March 9, 1995. These seven founders: Elizabeth Choi, Karen Eng, Rei Hirasawa, Hee Cho Moon, Chae Yoo Park, Samantha Somchanhmavong, and Connie Yang united with a single vision of providing women with the chance to use their pride in their heritage to become leaders of society. The sorority was conceived through the notion of an organization that would provide a culturally sound and educationally inspiring grounding for Asian American women. These seven envisioned themselves laying the cornerstones of what was to become a culturally revolutionary and unprecedented organization. This cultural based sorority was to unite young women of differing heritages and encourage them to make use of their strong voices and thoughts. This sorority is open to all nationalities and backgrounds that want to learn about, actively speak for, and represent Pan-Asian culture.
Held together by the bond of sisterhood and striving to educate each other and the rest of the community, our founding mothers not only channeled Asian American awareness through voice, but also by action. They taught each other about strength and ambition while discovering their own true unparalleled identities in the process. These first sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda also extended their hands to the community through charitable works of both service oriented and philanthropic natures. By doing so, they were able to make a real and impacting difference in the world around them. All the while, they were given the opportunity to educate others about the beauty and complexity of Pan-Asian culture. Kappa Phi Lambda formed to provide the campus, and on a large scale, the society, with yet another option for learning as well as another outlet for activity.
Guided by Judy Chou, Sniper and Vivian Ngai, Sprite, of the Alpha Chapter at Binghamton University, four young women from Northeastern University completed their journey through the process of pledging and into sisterhood on June 15, 2002. Chia Yu (aka Cha) Chang, Christine Hong, Michelle Ko, and Susan (XiaSing) Lee shed their tears, blood, sweat and sleepless nights in order to establish an organization that promotes sisterhood, philanthropy, cultural diversity, and community service on a campus where no such organization existed. Chartering as freshman, three of these girls returned in the fall to continue their studies and ensure the growth of the colony.
The Northeastern University Xi Chapter of the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority was formed to increase options for the diverse student body at Northeastern University. Our chapter was established in the Spring of 2002 to pursue cultural awareness. In the midst of multiculturalism, we are here to continue the pursuit of unity, and to bring forth, the much-needed consciousness of “voices” that need to be heard.
Scarlet Red, White, Heather Grey