The first Latina-based sorority founded at an Ivy-league institution, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. was established on April 16, 1988 at Cornell University by five strong, visionary women. The Founding Hermanas: Patricia Rivera, Maria Caban, Eva Marie Sosa, Migdalia Franklin, and Dr. Irma Almirall-Padamsee strove to establish an organization that would transcend their collegiate experience and consolidate their strength as responsible members of the community. They worked diligently to develop an organization whose mission and goals would encompass the experiences of all women, and whose ideals would nurture the growth of its members throughout their lives.
Today, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. represents a tradition of strong, proud women whose lives and achievements reflect an undying commitment to public service, sisterhood, and the preservation of the rich cultural legacies that shape our experiences. Committed to the three ideals upon which our organization's foundation stands -- La Comunidad, La Cultura Latina, and La Hermandad -- Las Hermanas strive to promote progress and development in the communities of which we are a part. It is this unwavering commitment to nuestra comunidad that frames our individual and collective goals. Comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional women, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. seeks to unify women through the promotion of community service programs that highlight the contributions of women and people of color, and offer opportunities for academic and professional advancement to members of historically under-represented groups.
Cornell University, 1988
JHU Chapter Founded