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Welcome! to the iota Chapter of Kappa Phi Lambda at Cornell University
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Warm greetings from the Iota Chapter of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at Cornell University! By landing on this page, you’ve begun your journey with the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda to discover what we are all about. Our Asian-interest organization was founded in 1995 on the pillars of sisterhood, service and cultural diversity. Our organization is comprised of a diverse group of young women who share similar experiences through their college years and beyond. It is a network of intelligent young women aspiring in various fields and is a resource center filled with endless opportunities upon graduation. To us, sisters of the Iota Chapter, Kappa Phi Lambda is the invisible bond supporting individuals through life challenges and self-discovery. It is a house built on friendship, respect, and a shared vision.


What I personally love about Kappas is our diversity. Not just diversity in ethnicity, but all the different cultural backgrounds, world perspectives, career ambitions, or even how each of us like to have fun. This is brought forth by sisters who are empowered to voice their opinions and tell their own stories. I myself have had enjoyed this open environment to broaden my view of the world. I believe all of this has helped myself, a reserved international student all those years ago, to thrive and develop into a confident young woman with no inhibition.


As President of my sorority, I encourage you to learn more about our wonderful organization and the values that we stand for. Navigate through our website, like our Facebook Page, visit our Tumblr. I hope I have sparked in you a flame of curiosity that may grow into a love that myself and all my sister share for Kappas.


Thank you for taking the time to discover Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Please feel free to reach out to myself if you have any questions.


Warm Regards,

Jinnie Kim *oceanic*


The blazon of the crest of the Sorority is as follows:
Be it known to all these present that the herein described coat of arms with crest has been designed and designated specifically for the honorable Kappa Phi Lambda of the United States of America in accordance with the finest traditions of heraldry. The arms of the said Kappa Phi Lambda are blazoned as follows, quarterly sanguine and argent, first, an orchid proper, second, a diamond sceptre proper, third, two candles argent alighted, fourth, a globe proper, all within a border agent and surmounted by a vallary crown bearing the greek letters Kappa Phi Lambda, behind the shield, a phoenix wings displayed sable. The motto is Fraternite, Servitium, Varietas, which means ‘Sisterhood, Service, Cultural Diversity’.


Sorority Colors: Scarlet Red, White, Heather Grey
Sorority Mascot: Phoenix
Sorority Flower: Orchid
Sorority Gem: Diamond
Nicknames: Kappas, KPL



We, the sisters of the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, strive to strengthen sisterhood amongst women by providing service and promoting cultural diversity to our members and our community. Kappa Phi Lambda exists to further educate individuals about Pan-Asian culture while keeping our identities. We aim for academic excellence, keeping in mind the importance of education and learning as the key to strength, awareness, and fulfillment.

Founding Mothers

The Founding Mothers

(from left to right: Samantha Somchanhmavong, Elizabeth Choi, Rei Hirasawa, Chae Yoo Park, Connie Yang, Karen Eng, Hee Cho Moon)

Iota Charters

The Iota Chapter Charters

(from left to right: Christine Tsai, Diana Tsui, Mei Li, Julia Park, Joanne Goh, Christie Yeoh, Raquel Look)


Seven women established the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at Binghamton University on March 9, 1995 with a single vision of sisterhood, service, and cultural diversity. The sorority was conceived to provide a culturally and educationally inspiring grounding for Asian American women, laying the cornerstones of what was to become a revolutionary and unprecedented organization. This culturally based sorority would unite women of differing heritages and encourage use of their strong voices and thought. This sorority is open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds who want to learn about, actively speak for, and represent Pan-Asian culture. These first sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda also extended their hands to the community through charitable works of both service-oriented and philanthropic natures. Kappa Phi Lambda formed to provide the campus, and, on a large scale, the society with yet another option for learning and another outlet for activity. Several years ago, seven beautiful women lit the fire that is Kappa Phi Lambda and watched it grow. That fire now burns brightly within each of its present sisters, carrying with it all of our individual aspects, and it will continue to burn within the sisters to come.


In the spring of 2000, seven women, not satisfied with the existing opportunities available to enhance their personal growth and to contribute to the campus and community through Asian-awareness and service, brought Kappa Phi Lambda to Cornell University. Through their dedication and hard work, these remarkable women established a cultural sorority with a vision of a united sisterhood fostering leadership and academic excellence. Their legacy continues with the following generations of sisters as they continue their philanthropic efforts, hoping to inspire the community to help make a difference. We fundraise for charitable foundations such as the Woman’s Advocacy Center so that they may continue providing free services, support, and educational programs for women and children who have encountered sexual abuse and harassment, abusive relationships or domestic violence. Every year, Kappa Phi Lambda brings to campus a variety of events that raises awareness and addresses issues concerning Asian culture and women by way of workshops, guest speakers, and discussion panels. Meanwhile, we recognize those on campus who share common values and goals through collaboration with their organizations and support of their events. Each sister sacrifices hours of her time to help better the environment around her by participating in community service. In the past, we’ve combined efforts with volunteer organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and On-site Volunteers so that we can create a larger and lasting impact on our community.

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