Kappa Phi Lambda

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Kappa Phi Lambda
FoundedMarch 9, 1995; 26 years ago (1995-03-09)
Binghamton University
PillarsSisterhood, Service, and Cultural Diversity
Colors  Red
  Heather Grey
Members4,000+ lifetime
NicknamesKappas, KPL

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 32 schools with over 4,000 members nationally, Kappa Phi Lambda is one of the fastest expanding Asian-American interest sororities in the United States. Kappa Phi Lambda is also a member of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).[1]


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.[2] These women saw there was a need for an organization of this kind that would give inspiration and education to their community.[3]

This sorority is open to women of all nationalities and backgrounds who want to learn about, actively speak for, and represent Pan-Asian culture.[3]


Kappa Phi Lambda promotes the ideal of philanthropy by adoption of CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, as its national philanthropy.[4]

CARE is a global organization that is dedicated to ending poverty and achieving social justice.[5] Their focus is on equal rights and opportunities for women and girls, aligning with KPL's dedication to women empowerment.

Active chapters[edit]

There are currently 25 active chapters and 7 associate chapters.[6]

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
αζ (Alpha Zeta) University of South Florida Tampa, Florida November 14, 2015
αη (Alpha Eta) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina November 23, 2013
αθ (Alpha Theta) University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nevada May 2, 2015

Associate chapters[edit]

Campus Location Founding Date
ε (Epsilon) New York University New York, New York March 7, 1998
May 1, 2016
π (Pi) Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania November 3, 2002
November 17, 2018
University of Denver Denver, Colorado April 20, 2013
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina November 11, 2017
Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 9, 2019
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, North Carolina April 13, 2019
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio March 28, 2020
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN March 7, 2021

Inactive chapters[edit]

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
American University Washington, D.C. April 14, 2018

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About - National APIDA Panhellenic Association". National APIDA Panhellenic Association. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "About Us – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  3. ^ a b "National History – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  4. ^ "National Philanthropy – CARE – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ careadmin (2013-08-23). "About". CARE. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  6. ^ "Schools – Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc". kappaphilambda.org. Retrieved 2018-10-01.

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