Lambda Pi Chi joins the yard at NCCU

Lambda Pi Chi joins the yard at NCCU

The provisional chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad chartered at N.C. Central on Sunday is the first in the nation at an HBCU.

Senior Jasmine Castillo-Chaves (center) walks with her Lambda Pi Chi line sisters into N.C. Central University’s McDougald-McLendon Arena for the second Spring 2017 New Members’ Presentation session on April 2. Photo by Daniel Hargrove.

NCCU welcomed its first Latina-focused sorority this month.

Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. is a a Latina-based (but not Latina-exclusive) sorority. It was established in 1988 at Cornell University upon three principles: “La Cultura Latina” (the Latino Culture), “La Comunidad” (the Community) and “La Hermandad’ (the Sisterhood).

Lambda Pi Chi also has the distinction of being the first National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO) sorority on campus. Photo by Daniel Hargrove.

Approximately 4.6 percent of NCCU students identify as Hispanic/Latino and have access to campus-based supports and resources for a growing population, including Raices, the university’s student-led organization for those who identify as such.

The provisional chapter also makes history for being the first chapter of Lambda Pi Chi to be chartered at an HBCU.

Members from N.C. State’s Rho and UNC’s Phi chapters of Lambda Pi Chi were present to help cross the founding intake class: senior psychology major Casey Barr-Rios, senior English and psychology double-major Jasmine Castillo-Chaves, junior criminal justice major Karen Villanueva-Sierra, senior criminal justice major Sheila Acevedo-Donis and sophomore criminal justice major Ruth Islas.

Prior to their solo presentations to the audience, each new member was given the flag of their heritage (from left to right): Barr-Rios received the flag of Panama, Castillo-Chaves and Islas (far right) received the flag of Honduras, Villanueva-Sierra received the flag of Puerto Rico and Acevedo-Donis received the flag of Guatemala. Photo by Daniel Hargrove.

The five-woman line was well-received by both their fellow Eagles and LPC hermanas alike, with applause after every part of the presentation, which included a short step performance.

“The journey ended but the hard work just started,” Villanueva-Sierra said in an Instagram post Sunday night. “TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!”

You can follow the NCCU LPC chapter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kaylee Sciacca

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