"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."
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.'
The colors of the Sorority: Scarlet Red, White, Heather Grey
The flower of the Sorority: Orchid
The mascot of the Sorority: Phoenix
The gem of the Sorority: Diamond
Our 7 founding mothers from their college days and 5/7 of them at our national meeting August 2009.
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 Park, 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 through the notion of an organization that would provide a culturally sound and educationally inspiring grounding
for Asian American women. These seven women envisioned themselves laying the cornerstones of what was to become a culturally revolutionary
and unprecedented organization. This cultural based sorority was to unite young women of differing heritages and 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 the community, our founding mothers not only
channeled Asian American awareness through voice, but also by action. They taught each other about strength and ambition while discovering
their own true unparalleled 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 make a real and impacting
difference in 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, the society, with yet another option for learning,
and another outlet for activity.
Today, fifteen years after our founding mothers established Kappa Phi Lambda, the sorority has grown past the boundaries of Binghamton University.
What had been only the legacy of seven exceptional women, had quickly became the tradition and inspiration of an additional five hundred unique women.
Although Kappa Phi Lambda is one of the youngest Greek organizations nationwide, it has successfully flourished into a strong and respectable one
that is recognized by Asian American organizations, our peers, and Greek colleagues from all over. Although the sisters of each school abide by
the mission set forth by our founding mothers, each school is also unique in its own right, adding to our respect for diversity. This is symbolic
of the sisters we seek: unique, intelligent, ambitious women who want to make a difference as leaders in our organization and in the culture
we take pride in. Our ultimate goal is to spread our vision and share our experiences with other exceptional women. We are progressing steadily
throughout time, and we will be able to fulfill our ultimate goal with the help of these potential leaders as well as those of you that have yet
Fifteen 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.