National History

From left to right; Samantha Somchanhmavong, Elizabeth Choi, Rei Hirasawa, Chae Yoo Park, Connie Yang, Karen Eng, Hee Cho Moon

From left to right; Samantha Somchanhmavong, Elizabeth Choi, Rei Hirasawa, Chae Yoo Park, Connie Yang, Karen Eng, Hee Cho Moon

Kappa Phi Lambda was founded on March 9, 1995 at Binghamton University by seven founding mothers. These inspirational women – Elizabeth Choi, Karen Eng, Rei Hirasawa, Hee Cho Moon, Chae Yoo, Samantha Somchanhmavong, and Connie Yang – united with a single vision of providing women with the chance to use their pride in heritage to become leaders of society. 

The founding mothers envisioned themselves laying the cornerstones of what was to become a unique and revolutionary organization. They taught each other about strength and ambition while discovering their own true identities in the process. This sorority would unite young women of diverse heritages and encourage them to make use of their strong voices and thoughts. Kappa Phi Lambda is open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds who want to learn about and actively represent Pan-Asian culture. The founding mothers not only channeled Asian American awareness through voice, but also through action. These first sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda extended their hands to the community through charitable actions. By contributing their time and funds, they were able to make a powerful impact on the world around them. 

Twenty three years ago, seven beautiful women lit the fire that is Kappa Phi Lambda and watched it grow. As our sisterhood expands, that fire now burns brightly within every individual sister, carrying with it the vision that our founding mothers conceived.

 

Continuing Our Legacy . . . 

The Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Phi Lambda was established at New York University on March 7, 1998. A group of ambitious women, united in the belief that the community at New York University needed an Asian interest sorority with the goals and mission of Kappa Phi Lambda, came together and committed themselves to the task. Five women – Jocelyn Cruz, Wendy Kong, Adrianne Ortizo, Mary Tung, and Loretta Wong, became a part of history by chartering the first Asian sorority of its kind at NYU. Upholding the three pillars, sisters have completed countless hours of community service, donated hundreds to philanthropy, and held numerous Asian interest and cultural events. Due to unforseen circumstances, the Epsilon Chapter was disbanded in Spring 2010.

Six years later on May 1, 2016, Kappa Phi Lambda was revived at New York University by the Alpha Beta Re-Charter Class. Under the guidance of new member educators Erika *SCREAM!* Jang and Nancy *Warrior* Yang, along with the Zeta Chapter at St. John's University, these ten women – Madeline Huang, Annie Jiang, Youran Lee, Erica Lei, Alice Li, Jenny Liu, Monica Pan, Shirley Suen, Crystal Wong, and Jessica Yang, continued the legacy that the charter class created. These women left an imprint on all future generations to come with their passion, dedication, and determination in upholding the three pillars.

Twenty years since our establishment, Epsilon Colony is now 132 sisters strong and growing! 

From left to right; (top) Jocelyn Cruz, Wendy Kong, Loretta Wong, (bottom) Mary Tung, Adrianne Ortizo

From left to right; (top) Jocelyn Cruz, Wendy Kong, Loretta Wong, (bottom) Mary Tung, Adrianne Ortizo

From left to right; Youran Lee, Monica Pan, Annie Jiang, Crystal Wong, Erica Lei, Alice Li, Jessica Yang, Madeline Huang, Jenny Liu, Shirley Suen

From left to right; Youran Lee, Monica Pan, Annie Jiang, Crystal Wong, Erica Lei, Alice Li, Jessica Yang, Madeline Huang, Jenny Liu, Shirley Suen