We, the sisters of the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated, strive to strengthen Sisterhood amongst women by providing Service and promoting Cultural Diversity to our members and our community, thus securing the bond of kinship for posterity. Kappa Phi Lambda exists to further educate individuals about Pan-Asian culture, while keeping our own identities. We aim for academic excellence, keeping in mind the importance of education and learning as the key to strength, awareness, and fulfillment.
Seven extraordinary women came together to establish Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. at Binghamton University on March 9, 1995. These seven founders, Elizabeth Choi, Karen Eng, Rei Hirasawa, Hee Cho Moon, Chae Yoo, Samantha Somchanhmavong, and Connie Yang united with a single vision of providing women with the chance to use their pride in their heritage to become leaders of society.
The sorority was conceived on the notion of an organization that would provide a culturally sound and educationally inspiring space for Asian American women. These seven women envisioned themselves laying the cornerstone of what would become a culturally revolutionary and unprecedented organization. This cultural-based sorority was built to unite young women of differing heritages and to encourage them to make use of their strong voices and thoughts. This sorority is open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds who want to learn about, actively speak for, and represent Pan-Asian culture.
Held together by the bond of sisterhood, and striving to educate each other and the rest of their community, our founding mothers not only channeled Asian American awareness through voice, but also through action. They taught each other about strength and ambition while discovering their own identities in the process. These first sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda also extended their hands to the community through charitable works of both service-oriented and philanthropic natures. By doing so, they were able to impact the world around them. All the while, they were given the opportunity to educate others about the beauty and complexity of Pan-Asian culture. Kappa Phi Lambda formed to provide the campus and, on a large scale, society, with yet another avenue for learning, and another outlet for activity.
Omicron Chapter’s History
On May 31, 2003, seven young women established Kappa Phi Lambda at The Ohio State University. With over 900 student organizations at OSU, there were more than enough organizations that students could belong to, but these seven women believed that OSU lacked a strong representation of Asian women. These seven women, Gina Fong, Esther Lee, Alberta Lui, Aileen Nguyen, Audrey Pai, Helen Son, and Jenny Teng, sought out to establish an organization where women could be part of an eternal sisterhood and at the same time share their ideas and opinions in order to make a difference in their community.
Our seven charters decided that Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority encapsulated the same values that they believed in. With hard work, dedication, and determination, these extraordinary women established the Kappa Phi Lambda Omicron Chapter at The Ohio State University. By promoting sisterhood, community service, and cultural diversity, the sisters at Ohio State hope for great things in the future. Our chapter continues to carry on the importance of academic excellence, sisterly bonds, and Pan-Asian awareness, and we strive to represent Kappa Phi lambda with pride and loyalty to leave behind a legacy that our charters worked so hard to achieve.