Every year on January 31st, alpha Kappa Delta Phi observes Violence Awareness Day in honor of our fallen sister, Valerie Diane Zavala. Valerie 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 in student council and participated in many school activities. She had many aspirations to use her warmth, compassion and knowledge to teach third grade students.
Valerie was violently taken from us in a brutal murder on January 1, 2003, while returning home from a New Year's Eve party. Eventually, Valerie's murderer was charged with attempted rape and first-degree murder (story can be found here). In honor and memory of her, alpha Kappa Delta Phi observes Violence Awareness Day, with hopes of preventing other women from being victims of senseless acts of violence. We encourage all sisters to wear baby blue and purple ribbons on January 31st. Baby blue was Valerie's favorite color and the color purple is to help promote violence and abuse awareness.