aKDPhi Calls for Solidarity Against Anti-Black Racism

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The alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. and the alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Foundation condemn anti-Black racism and violence.

alpha Kappa Delta Phi stands with the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA) in solidarity and to mobilize to speak out against anti-Black racism and violence. We embrace our diverse membership, including those who identify as Black, who share our mission, values, and sense of community. We condemn any acts or sentiments of racism, hate, bigotry, or violence. 

As an Asian-Interest sorority that promotes Asian awareness, we understand that we must not be passive bystanders when witnessing racist actions or police brutality against People of Color (POC). We encourage members of our organization and communities to be agents of change by speaking up and educating others to stand up against racism. This can be done by understanding one’s own cultural history, the experience of minority communities, and our intersectionality. By doing so we educate ourselves and can un-learn internalized prejudices instilled from centuries of colonialism or hardships due to systemic and institutionalized racism. The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) stated, “We cannot ask the Black community to fight anti-Asian racism if we are not willing to fight for them. Only together can we make progress against racism and the oppression of minorities. 

Please see below list of resources for being agents of change. 

Resources in speaking up:

Resources in educating others:

To contact alpha Kappa Delta Phi, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Violence Awareness Day: Remembering Valerie

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Valerie "Chug a Bug" Zavala was a proud sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi at San Jose State University and brought with her a constant cheerfulness, bright smile, tight hugs, and contagious laugh that could brighten up your day. She was raised in San Jose, California and attended Fillmore High School, where she was an honor student, a cheerleader, held a position on student council and participated in many school activities. She had many aspirations to use her warmth, compassion and knowledge to teach third grade students. On January 1, 2003, Valerie was violently taken from us in a brutal murder while returning home from a New Year's Eve party.
 
Each year on January 31, alpha Kappa Delta Phi observes Violence Awareness Day in honor and memory of our dear sister in hopes of preventing other women from being victims of senseless acts of violence. We honor Valerie by wearing a baby blue and purple ribbon on this day. The baby blue ribbon, Valerie's favorite color, is worn in remembrance, and the purple ribbon is worn for violence and abuse awareness.
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100 Miles to End Breast Cancer

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Every year, October turns all things pink in an effort to bring awareness to more than 2.8 million women who have had a history with breast cancer in the United States.

Join us as we commit to walk, run, and bike 100 miles from October 1st - 31st to support those affected, as well as preventing this deadly disease from spreading to those who we care about most.

Who can participate?

  • All actives, associates, alumnae, affiliates, and affiliate alumnae are invited to participate!

Why should I participate?

  • To decrease your chance of breast cancer; women who exercise regularly reduce their risk of breast cancer
  • To raise Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October
  • To fundraise among family and friends for a worthy cause
  • You could win some fun prizes (e.g. top fundraiser, most miles ran/walked/biked, and chapter with the most participants). Prizes will only be awarded to registered sisters

I’m in! How do I register?

  1. Join the pink crowd: Complete the quick registration form
  2. Complete the 100 mile challenge participate waiver
  3. Download the Endomondo app and create a login (or track your miles manually)
  4. Within a few hours, you will receive an Endomondo challenge invitation in your email inbox

Share your 100 mile journey!

  • Use the hashtag #100miles and #aKDPhiBCA so we can easily find you and watch you strut your stuff.*
  • Tag alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. and alpha Kappa Delta Phi National Alumnae Association in your Facebook posts.*
  • Tag @akdphi and @akdphiNAA in your Instagram and Twitter posts.*

If you have any questions, please contact our NAB Events Manager, Jenny Cun, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*All tagged photos and videos are subject to re-post on our National social media sites.

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Hurricane Preparedness

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While it is still too early to determine how Hurricane Irma will directly impact the US, everyone in a hurricane-prone area should take the time to know what to do before, during and after a hurricane hits. Please review this info graphic for tips on how to prepare hour by hour for a hurricane. Be aware of your surroundings and stay safe!
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Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

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Every October, alpha Kappa Delta Phi takes gigantic strides to bring the importance of breast cancer prevention, support, and research towards the forefront for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To wrap up breast cancer awareness month, we have the opportunity to share with you a Q & A session with Carolyn Ricci, Program Director at the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.


Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Carolyn Ricci. I am the program director for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade (ABCC). In this role, I am responsible for investing the funds raised from AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, our partnerships with great organizations like aKDPhi, and other revenue streams, in programs that improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates at the community and national levels. Our strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer.

How long have you been with the ABCC?
11 years

How did you get started with the ABCC?
It was the happiest of accidents. I had moved to New York City and was looking for a job through which I'd make a difference. I saw an ad on a job search website for a job at the Avon Foundation and knewthat they were doing tremendous work, so I thought I'd give it a try. What I couldn't have known was just how much I would love this work, which is far more than just a job – it’s a passion.

What motivates you while working for the ABCC?
I'm inspired by virtually every aspect of our work. The programs funded through the ABCC are making are real difference in the lives of many breast cancer patients. I hear those stories and feel proud about what we are able to accomplish. But I also hear the stories of women who we can't help, and it reminds me that there still much to do. More than 40,000 women die in the U.S. every year from metastatic breast cancer. Our work is not done until we bring that number to zero.

Who and why was the ABCC started?
In 1955, Avon created the Avon Foundation for Women with the mission of improving the lives of women and their families. Years later, in 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in the UK with sales from the first fundraising product being used to support the organization’s establishment of a breast cancer research center. In 1993, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in the U.S. and Canada, and the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer series began in 2003. Today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause globally. We are dedicated to improving women’s lives by supporting awareness and education, and advancing breast cancer care – both access and quality of care.

What has the ABCC accomplished this year?
Programs supported by the ABCC are moving the needle in the fight against breast cancer. Our funding supports organizations working across the continuum of care – providing education and outreach in local communities and linking people to screening services they need; enabling service providers to allow more underserved women to access post-screening diagnostics, follow-up and treatment services; and supporting survivorship programs. The goal is to ensure that every woman can access the care she needs today, while also funding research focused on the prevention and development of better treatments/options for those with metastatic disease, to ultimately envision a world without breast cancer tomorrow. For those with metastatic breast cancer, which currently has no known cure, Avon has developed a metastatic-specific initiative to support programs solely focused on meeting the needs of this patient population.

What do you think is the biggest myth about breast cancer?
One of the biggest myths in breast cancer is that you don't have to worry about it if you don't have a family history of the disease. In fact, less than 15% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history. 85% have no family history.

How do you think our progress has been with eradicating breast cancer?
While breast cancer incidence rates have remained constant over the past few years, at roughly 125 diagnoses per 100,000 women, mortality rates are decreasing. Women’s overall breast cancer death rates decreased 36% from 1989 to 2012. These numbers are according to American Cancer Society Breast Cancer stats for 2015 - 2016. The decline in breast cancer mortality has been attributed to improvements in early detection and the development of better treatments. However, not all populations have benefited equally from these advances. Even though progress has been made in advances in breast cancer care, there is still work to be done. Especially in uninsured and underserved populations -- where the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade focuses their funding. That is why it is more important than ever to participate in events like AVON 39. Together, we can raise the funds needed to support organizations around the country that help men and women, regardless of their ability to pay, get the quality care that they need.

Do you have any last words for our readers about preventative care?
Preventative care starts with you. It's never too early to become familiar with what is normal for your body and don't hesitate to report any changes to your medical provider right away. Women need to be their own best advocates in their healthcare. If you feel that something is not right with your health, be sure your medical provider hears your concerns and takes them seriously.

Remember – Know your risks. Know your body. Talk to your doctor.


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For more information visit the All For The Breast website, and to donate to the cause visit the Pink Pledge.

Also, visit the Avon Foundation on Facebook or Twitter, and join the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer #Powerof39 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.


alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade sincerely thank you for your generosity & help!


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100 Miles to End Breast Cancer

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Every year, October turns all things pink in an effort to bring awareness to more than 2.8 million women who have had a history with breast cancer in the United States.

Join us as we commit to walk, run, and bike 100 miles from October 1st - 31st to support those affected, as well as preventing this deadly disease from spreading to those who we care about most.

Who can participate?

  • All actives, associates, alumnae, affiliates, and affiliate alumnae are invited to participate!

Why should I participate?

  • To decrease your chance of breast cancer; women who exercise regularly reduce their risk of breast cancer
  • To raise Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October
  • To fundraise among family and friends for a worthy cause
  • You could win some fun prizes (e.g. top fundraiser, most miles ran/walked/biked, and chapter with the most participants). Prizes will only be awarded to registered sisters

I’m in! How do I register?

  1. Join the pink crowd: Complete the quick registration form
  2. Download the Endomondo app and create a login (or track your miles manually)
  3. Within a few hours, you will receive an Endomondo challenge invitation in your email inbox
  4. Go the extra mile & collect donations for Avon. Highest fundraiser receives a prize!

Share your 100 mile journey!

  • Use the hashtag #100miles and #aKDPhiBCA so we can easily find you and watch you strut your stuff.*
  • Tag alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. and alpha Kappa Delta Phi National Alumnae Association in your Facebook posts.*
  • Tag @akdphi and @akdphiNAA in your Instagram and Twitter posts.*

If you have any questions, please contact our NAB Events Manager, Michelle Wong, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*All tagged photos and videos are subject to re-post on our National social media sites.

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International Women's Day

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International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe. Since then, it has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing movement has become a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

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αΚΔΦ Celebrates International Badge Day

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As Greek women and aKDPhi sisters, we are always wearing our letters. Celebrate International Badge Day on March 7, 2016 with sorority women in NPC, NPHC, NALFO and NMGC organizations everywhere by proudly wearing your letters on your heart.

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Women's History Month

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This March, alpha Kappa Delta Phi is proud to participate in Women's History Month to recognize women who have advanced the women's movement throughout the years. We encourage you all to take a moment of your time to learn about Women's History Month. By remembering our past and our history, we can learn to step forward with confidence. It is through the legacies of our foremothers that will spark our own longing to contribute to society.
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Throwback 2 Sisterhood

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alpha Kappa Delta Phi's Convention 2016 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2016) in conjunction with the Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity. Convention 2016 will pick up where the Silver Anniversary Convention left off! Last year, we celebrated 25 years of sisterhood, the legacy that our founding sisters have paved for us, and the bright future of our organization. This year, we are going back to the basics to focus on the core of our sorority: sisterhood.
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