SFASU Phi Chapter History
When Lorena Gomez and Gloria Salas attended an Organization Fair at Stephen F. Austin State University they both knew they wanted to join a sorority. After researching those available on campus, they realized that none exactly offered what they wanted. They felt their love for service, and Latina empowerment should be a part of the sorority of their choice. It was then they decided to bring a sorority to the SFA campus.
After researching many sororities, they came across Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. and it was exactly what they were both looking for. Lorena decided to get in contact with Veronica Hernandez, the VP of National Recruitment of KDChi, to obtain more information. Lorena and Gloria recruited 12 more members to make the organization official on the SFA campus. They were called R.O.Y.A.L.T.Y., “Respected, Original, Young, Accomplished, Ladies, of Today, tomorrow, and Yesterday.” The girls planned events for the semester and began to fulfill requirements to bring KDChi to campus.
As the months passed most girls grew impatient and left the interest group, thus making the reality of bringing back KDChi very slim. It was fall 2009 when the group diminished from 14 women back down to just Lorena and Gloria. They recruited harder, looking for women who showed love, and determination. They then met Tania Morales, and it was apparent she was exactly what the interest group needed. Numbers grew and before they knew it they recruited 8 more women to be charter sisters of KDChi.
After months of service, socials, and fundraising, all the hard work finally paid off. In May 2010, the interest group received word that they were approved to begin the new member process the next semester. KDChi made history when not only was SFA scheduled to start the process, but the University of North Texas’s interest group, L.E.A.D. was scheduled as well. On September 4th 2010, 10 young women from SFA and 15 young women from UNT were pinned as colonies of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. by Mani Banwait, VP of Expansion. Then, on October 23rd 2010, 10 young women from SFA and 14 young women from UNT were initiated into Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. This was the first time two colonies were pinned and initiated together.
The Charter Members for the SFA Colony were: Lorena Gomez, Gloria Salas, Tania Morales, Ivette Garcia, Kellie Davis, Isabel Lopez, Reyna Garces, Diana Arevalo, Karina Ibarra, and Araceli Rivera.