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.
In the fall of 2003, a group of young women came together and decided that it was necessary that those in search of sisterhood have an organization to turn to on Columbia University’s campus; an organization that is not purely social, but focuses more intently on aiding the community and expanding awareness about Asian American issues. This steadfast group of ten women, including Amy Bai, Angie Cheng, Yan Ho, Michelle Huang, De Anna Lau, Lily Lew, Cindy Pang, Nhu Tran, and Alice Wong, has worked to start something that brings the Asian American community at Columbia University together, and allows them to present themselves as a solid and unified whole to the campus at large.
SORORITY HISTORY (www.kappaphilambda.org)
On March 9, 1995, seven courageous young women at Binghamton University set forth to establish an organization that represented their values and ideals of Asian-American culture—Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. These young women, Elizabeth Choi, Karen Eng, Rei Hirasawa, Hee Cho Moon, Chae Yoo Park, Samantha Somchanhmavong, and Connie Yang, envisioned a sorority that would encompass values such as sisterhood, community service, and cultural diversity. With these values instilled, Kappa Phi Lambda has now expanded to 24 colleges and universities, and is undoubtedly still growing at an amazing rate. The sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority are made up of a medlee of different races and welcomes anyone of non-Asian ethnicity. The sorority’s goal is to share its values with anyone who believes in the same ventures it strives for. With emphasis on the importance of academic excellence, sisterly bonds, and Asian-awareness, Kappa Phi Lambda has and will successfully leave behind a legacy of eternal sisterhood that its seven founding mothers worked so hard to achieve.
Est. December 2003 @ Columbia University
94 Sisters Strong
Motto Sisterhood, Service, Cultural Diversity
Colors Red, White & Heather Grey
SERVICE & PHILANTHROPY (View our community service and fundraising events)
Kappa Phi Lambda is an organization which prides itself on its sense of commitment to cultural diversity and strong bonds of sisterhood. However, the other primary focus is to offer their service to the community. Its national philanthropic cause is the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the only multi-issue APA women’s organization in the country with the mission to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for APA women and girls. Individual chapters or colonies participate in their own community service events. Furthermore, each respective school has designated at least one local non-profit organization as their philanthropic cause of choice. The sorority predominantly focuses on contributing to domestic violence organizations, all the while maintaining its sense of diversity by fundraising for other types of causes of concern.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY (View our cultural events)
The sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda strongly believe in the importance of cultural diversity—not only amongst its membership but also within the greater context of the universities and communities in which the organization exists. Although it is an Asian American interest sorority, the organization stresses multicultural awareness through a variety of Pan-Asian cultural events, and membership is open to application from women of all backgrounds. Kappa Phi Lambda chapters and colonies organize programming which enriches cultural awareness including but not limited to speaker series, workshops, film screenings, and collaborations with other cultural groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS RUSH? (See rush schedule)
Rush is a period of one or two weeks at the beginning of each semester when “Greeks” (sororities and fraternities) hold events for “non-Greeks” in an effort to recruit new members. During this rush period, Kappa Phi Lambda holds a series of events from general information meetings to cultural and community service events. These events are held in order for YOU to get to know the Kappa sisters and what we stand for. There are no obligations or commitments during rush, so don’t worry! This is a period where you can just relax, have fun, and chill with the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda!
DO I HAVE TO BE ASIAN TO JOIN KAPPA PHI LAMBDA?
You do NOT have to be Asian to join Kappa Phi Lambda. We have many different nationalities represented within Kappa Phi Lambda. We stand as a cultural sorority, and diversity is one of the many important ideals we promote. We are an Asian-interest sorority, NOT Asian-exclusive. Kappa Phi Lambda welcomes women of all races who believe in what our sorority stands for: Sisterhood, Service, and Cultural Diversity.
WHAT IS THE INTAKE PROCESS? DO YOU HAZE?
The intake process is the period after rush that is another step deeper into the journey to becoming a sister. The intake process challenges you and allows you to learn more about yourself, your line sisters, and the sisters and sorority of Kappa Phi Lambda. The same experience that each and every Kappa sister has been through holds some of the most cherished secrets within our sorority. KPL strictly abides by the rules and beliefs behind a positive intake process. There is never a moment that Kappa Phi Lambda would put you in a harmful situation.
IS THE INTAKE PROCESS DIFFICULT?
To be honest, the intake process is definitely a challenge in its own way. We want every sister’s crossing into eternal sisterhood to be something that is earned, deserved, and remembered forever. Most of all, we want the letters of Kappa Phi Lambda to be represented proudly with utmost dedication. Not only is it a time to show the sisters what you are capable of, but also a chance to prove something to yourself. Through it all, many Greeks find an improvement in self-confidence and approachability after the intake process.
WILL THE INTAKE PROCESS AFFECT MY GRADES? (Read about how important academics is to us.)
Academic excellence is a principle that Kappa Phi Lambda strives for. We always keep in mind that our education is first priority, for both intakes and sisters. Sisters never make intakes cut class, and major academic examinations and papers are always taken into consideration. Many sisters have maintained a high grade point average during the intake process.
DOES BEING IN A SISTERHOOD MEAN THAT I WILL ONLY BE FRIENDS WITH A SMALL GROUP?
Kappa Phi Lambda exists currently in 28 different schools ranging from upstate New York to Florida and Illinois with over 2400 sisters nationwide. The relationship among schools is very close; we often see sisters from local schools, and we take numerous road trips to visit other chapters and colonies to support them in their events. Not only do sisters meet during cultural and service events, parties and mixers are other ways that sisters get to meet and have fun. Even as a rushee, you may find that even sisters across the nation are trying to get to know you.
WHAT IS BEING A SISTER LIKE? WHY WOULD I WANT TO BE ONE? WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT? (Read more about our sisterhood.)
Sisterhood is forever; it’s a bond that we share because of our experiences together, because of the bonding that happened during the intake process, because of mutual respect that we have for one another. We have busy schedules–many of us work, take over 18 credits, do community service, join clubs on campus, and all the other responsibilities and opportunities that come with college life. But, the one thing that all of our sisters have in common is the desire to do something more. College is a confusing, fast-paced time, and it’s all too easy to join one club and float through four years without truly accomplishing something other then a diploma. Joining Kappa is a way to have a long-standing impact through community service, philanthropy, and cultural awareness events. It’s a way to gain leadership and time-management skills that will be invaluable to you as you move through life. It’s also a great way to make lifelong friends. Being that we are also a sorority, there is a tight knit bond that exists between everyone. Every single sister has a voice in what we do and every single sister contributes greatly to the organization. We are not only an organization but also an experience. College is a time for self-discovery and new experiences. Being in a sorority provides a base for lasting friendships and memories.
WHAT MAKES KAPPA PHI LAMBDA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ASIAN-INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS?
Being that we are also a sorority, there is a tight knit bond that exists between everyone. Every single sister has a voice in what we do and each sister contributes greatly to the organization. We are not only an organization, but also an experience, and college is a time for self-discovery and new experiences. Being in a sorority provides a base for lasting friendships and special memories even beyond graduation.