Women who pledge to help themselves & their community are special

In college I was not a joiner, which is why try as they may, not one sorority was able to convince me to take the plunge and walk the line. But, as I told the sisters of Lambda Pi Chi at their annual conference in Boston this past weekend, for them, I would walk the line. These sisters are real. They are committed to the mission of advancing themselves personally and professionally, to public service and to promoting cultural awareness, especially Latin American culture.

It was a grand experience to experience. Thank you hermanas for inviting me to share in your beauty.

I had fascinating conversations with many of sisters on a wide array of subjects: how the brain works (one sister is completing her PHD on the subject) mariachi music, US Mexico border crazy, tax incentives for women and minority owned businesses, Bolivian culture, interracial dating, dating a Tea Party Republican, Senator Marco Rubio's (misguided) education philosophy, pet dentistry, the power of therapy and so many, many more subjects. But of course I did, of the 500 members, 30 have PHD's and master degrees!!

One sister, the only Latina who specializes in pet dentistry in all of New York City, perhaps the nation, even shared a trick to stop bleeding-- I cut my finger while chopping a tomato a day earlier and it wouldn't stop gushing blood. She suggested that I blot my cut in corn starch. I did. Bleeding stopped. She was sweet to help a two legged amiga. Two of the hermanas, Christina and Elaine, were so inspired by my book cover image that they drew their version of Anna Alvarado's "Te Espero." (The other image after the jump.)

One of the fascinating things about this Latina sorority is that it's not just Latinas who pledge. There are Asian sisters, African American sisters, and white sisters (Scottish, Irish, German). These women interestingly enough, talked about their love of Latin culture and the beautiful bonds that exist within the organization that transcends where each is from. One sister, a first generation Chinese American from Queens, was eloquent in her explanation for pledging when she was a junior at SUNY-Albany: at the core, she said, these women are seriously intelligent, talented and about empowering women, they just happen to be Latinas. She feels a little Latina around them, and they a little bit Chinese. It works, and it was lovely to see.

I see a trend here-- a multi cultural feminine experience, the future of America.