Kappa Delta Chi, a primarily Latina sorority, suspended recruitment this semester, according to Lendcy Reyes, chapter president and senior business major.
“This semester we just decided to focus more on the chapter itself, since we recently launched (our) scholarship,” Reyes said. “Next semester we will be recruiting.”
The scholarship, ‘My Dream, My Future’ was created in 2018 to help DREAMers, minor immigrants who have been granted residency status, according to Mayra Murillo, chapter vice president, standards officer and senior sociology major.
“It’s open to everyone, but we do place a special focus on students who don’t receive FAFSA or other student aid,” Murillo said.
According to Reyes, they wanted to help students through their education.
“We wanted to provide at least one scholarship, so they don’t have to come up with too much money out of pocket,” Reyes said. “It’s our way to help them get by in school, even if it’s just $1,000.”
In lieu of recruitment, the sorority is hosting Project Penguin for interested students, Reyes said.
“We’re trying to keep them involved since we’re not recruiting this semester, to make sure we’re what they want,” Reyes said.
Reyes added that Kappa Delta Chi is open to everyone, not just Latina students.
“We like to say that we’re Latino founded and multiculturally grounded, so we’re open to everyone,” Reyes said.
Members played sand volleyball at a social on Sept. 6 at Sonic Drive-In.
Their next social event will be a picnic at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20. The location has not been announced.
Julissa Razo, chapter treasurer and senior nursing major, said that the sorority brings more awareness of diversity to the campus.
“Emporia is almost half Hispanic, but we don’t get that representation on campus,” Razo said. “Kappa Delta Chi gives that community a say in the student body and representation.”
The sorority also partners with local schools and community organizations.
Reyes said she enjoyed their recent partnership with Logan Avenue Elementary.
“We started a girls-only program focused on mostly 4th and 5th graders,” Reyes said. “We talked about things you wouldn’t normally talk about during school like bullying, consent, and self-image.”
Reyes, Murilla and Razo all mentioned the positive impact the sorority has had on their personal and professional development.
“I’m really glad I joined,” said Razo. “It’s great to be around other empowered women.”