Kappa Phi Lambda

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Kappa Phi Lambda
Founded March 9, 1995; 23 years ago (1995-03-09)
Binghamton University
Type Cultural
Scope National
Pillars Sisterhood, Service, and Cultural Diversity
Colors      Red
     Heather Grey
Flower Orchid
Jewel Diamond
Mascot Phoenix
Philanthropy CARE
Chapters 22
Colonies 7
Members 3,000+ lifetime
Nicknames Kappas, KPL
Website http://kappaphilambda.org

Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (Greek: ΚΦΛ, also known as Kappas and KPL) is a nonprofit, Asian-interest sorority that was founded on March 9, 1995 at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. Represented at 29 schools with over 3,000 members nationally, Kappa Phi Lambda is one of the fastest expanding Asian-American interest sororities in the United States. The sorority also promotes the ideal of philanthropy by adoption of CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, as its national philanthropy.[1] Kappa Phi Lambda is also a member of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).[2]


Seven women came together to establish Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at Binghamton University on March 9, 1995. The seven founders were Elizabeth Choi, Karen Eng, Rei Hirasawa, Hee Cho Moon, Chae Yoo, Samantha Somchanhmavong, and Connie Yang. The sorority was conceived through the notion of an organization that would provide a culturally sound and educationally inspiring grounding for Asian-American women.[3] These women saw there was a need for an organization of this kind that would give inspiration and education to their community.[4]

This sorority is open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds who want to learn about, actively speak for, and represent Pan-Asian culture.[4]


There are currently 22 active chapters, 7 colonies, and 4 inactive schools within Kappa Phi Lambda.[5]

Chapter Campus Location Founding Date
α (Alpha) Binghamton University Binghamton, New York March 9, 1995
γ (Gamma) Syracuse University Syracuse, New York November 16, 1997
δ (Delta) Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York February 28, 1998
ζ (Zeta) St. John's University Queens, New York January 10, 1998
η (Eta) Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey November 7, 1999
ι (Iota) Cornell University Ithaca, New York May 19, 2000
μ (Mu) University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts May 12, 2001
ν (Nu) Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois November 23, 2002
ξ (Xi) Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts June 15, 2002
ο (Omicron) The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio May 31, 2003
ρ (Rho) University of Florida Gainesville, Florida April 3, 2004
σ (Sigma) University of Connecticut Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut April 10, 2004
τ (Tau) Columbia University New York, New York December 6, 2003
υ (Upsilon) University at Albany Albany, New York November 14, 2004
φ (Phi) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan April 13, 2003
χ (Chi) University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland November 14, 2004
ψ (Psi) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, Illinois November 12, 2006
αα (Alpha Alpha) George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia November 13, 2004
αβ (Alpha Beta) George Washington University Washington, D.C. May 10, 2008
αγ (Alpha Gamma) University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas November 21, 2009
αδ (Alpha Delta) Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois February 21, 2004
αε (Alpha Epsilon) North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina November 10, 2012


Campus Location Founding Date
ε (Epsilon) New York University New York, New York March 7, 1998
University of Denver Denver, Colorado April 20, 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina November 23, 2013
University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nevada May 2, 2015
University of South Florida Tampa, Florida November 14, 2015
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina November 11, 2017
American University Washington, D.C. April 14, 2018

Inactive Schools

Campus Location Founding Date
β (Beta) University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York February 22, 1997
θ (Theta) Baruch College New York, New York August 20, 1999
Miami University Oxford, Ohio April 22, 2006
Duke University Durham, North Carolina April 3, 2010

See also


  1. ^ "National Philanthropy – CARE – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "About - National APIDA Panhellenic Association". National APIDA Panhellenic Association. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  3. ^ "About Us – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  4. ^ a b "National History – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  5. ^ "Schools – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.

External links

  • Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority Inc., National Website http://www.kappaphilambda.org
  • National APIDA Panhellenic Association http://www.napahq.org/
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