The Emerald Newsletter | Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Fall 2015 | Page 22

The Mary E. González Transitional Center for LGBT Youth will open in El Paso

By Lindsey Anderson - El Paso Times

A transitional center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth will open in El Paso next month and will be named in honor of the first pansexual legislator in the country — Texas state Rep. Mary E. González, D-El Paso.

The Mary E. González Transitional Center for LGBT Youth will serve a hot meal three times a week, connect young people with resources and provide clothes and toiletries, the center's operations director Sunny Ybarra said. Eventually, the transitional center will include a shelter.

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Wichita State Introduces their community to KDChi

(Photo: Lili Montiel, left, and Idalia Loya, second from left, of the

Latina Interest Association look at photo albums and share stories with alumni Olga Salazar, second from right, and Haydee Serna, who started a Latina Kappa Delta Chi sorority in 2000, while attending a thank-you dinner for the Multicultural Greek Council at Chisholm Creek Park. (Aug. 13, 2015) Fernando Salazar The Wichita Eagle)

By Oliver Morrison - The Wichita Eagle

When Nataly Montes de Oca, 25, showed up at Wichita State in the fall of 2013, her life was divided into two activities: going to work and making a home for her 2-year-old son.

It had been five years since she graduated from high school, and she had to relearn how to be a student. She found the grind of college work and a full-time job difficult.

But toward the end of her first semester, she met a group of Latina students in the Hispanic American Leadership Organization on campus and formed a bond. It was the first time, she said, that she felt like she had real friends outside her family in six years in Wichita.

“They make me feel welcomed,” Montes de Oca said. “Part of something else besides being a mom and an employee.”

Now Montes de Oca and 11 of her friends are on the verge of starting the first Hispanic sorority at Wichita State in a decade. They’ve spent the past year leading community service events and, after they finish their paperwork this fall, expect LATINA, which stands for Latina Interest Association, to become a chapter of Kappa Delta Chi. They say the group is needed to help women like Montes de Oca fit in on campus and express their Hispanic heritage.

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Alpha Omega Alumna graduates, is now a police officer!

Congrats to KDChi Alpha Omega Alumna Esmee Zam​ (in the middle) on her graduation, she's now a sworn officer for Washington D.C. and patrols the seond district! We appreciate all that you to keep us safe, thanks for your service. She joins a legion of KDChi's who have trained to join a law enforcement profession.