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alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.
Jim gaffney hired as executive director
The Board of Directors of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity are pleased to announce the joint appointment of Jim Gaffney as their inaugural Executive Director. Jim’s hiring becomes effective on January 9th, 2017.
Jim Gaffney has worked extensively in the nonprofit arts and education sector as both an artist and administrator. He has served the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, of which he is a 2007 initiate, as a chapter adviser, assistant regional president, regional president, and as a member of the Fraternity's expansion commission. His work in Kappa Sigma has been recognized multiple times, having received the Kappa-Lambda Chapter (Shippensburg University) Alumni of the Year Award in 2013, and a Supreme Executive Committee Distinguished Service Commendation for his work as Regional President of Upstate New York, where he oversaw 12 establishments, adding five new chapters in the past 14 months.
“We are proud and excited to have Jim join our team. He brings valuable management and programming experience essential for achieving our strategic goals,” says Lambda Phi Epsilon International President William Tan.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi Board of Directors Chairman Regina Wang states, “We have the utmost confidence that Jim will provide dynamic leadership and vision to drive both organizations to greater levels of growth and success.”
Jim currently resides in Troy, Pennsylvania with his husband, Jordan. He will serve as the first full-time employee for both the International Fraternity and International Sorority.
About Lambda Phi Epsilon
Founded in 1981 at the University of California at Los Angeles, Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc. has grown to become the world’s largest Asian-interest fraternity. Lambda Phi Epsilon (ΛΦΕ, also known as LFE) aims to guide men on a lifelong discovery of authenticity and personal growth. To learn more, visit http://lambdaphiepsilon.com.
About alpha Kappa Delta Phi
alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1990 at Berkeley, California, and is the largest and only international Asian interest sorority. alpha Kappa Delta Phi fosters the making of innovative female leaders through the promotion of philanthropy, scholastic excellence, and Asian awareness in the community while creating lifelong relationships. To learn more, visit http://akdphi.org.
Welcome our 53rd chapter- george mason university!
Congratulations to the ladies of George Mason University of becoming the 53rd chapter of our alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. story! 💜
Our very own Board of Directors Chair Donna Wang Su shares her AAPI journey for nbc asian america!
Born in 1981 to two immigrant parents from Taiwan who came to Chicago, Illinois as graduate students, I started my Asian American story. I was born a preemie at 4lbs and tested their cultural traditional beliefs with the American western ways almost immediately. Growing up in Darien, Illinois, I attended Catholic school until 8th grade where my sister and I were the only Chinese kids in the whole school (K-8) where I sometimes felt too Asian. No one else had to take off their shoes when they entered their homes and no one else ate with chopsticks.
On top of that, I had a “Ram Mom” - if you think that a Tiger Mom is bad, try having a Ram. They will batter things into you over and over again whether it was playing a piano sonata for the 100th time or going over the multiplication tables before I could catch the bus. And then, I had a dad who moved back to Taiwan for about half of my life where I only saw him twice a year due to filial piety and his civic responsibilities.
In 1995, freshman year of high school which I still think is the WORST time to possibly move your children, we moved. We moved to Southern California which was a crazy cultural shock. Almost immediately being in a high school in Torrance, California, and surrounded by at least 50% Asians, I didn’t know how to be. I knew the differences between German-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Polish-Americans growing up in Darien, Illinois, but I had never met Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese or Cambodian before. Imagine my culture shock! Suddenly, I was dubbed as not being “Asian-American” enough. I remember continuing to date Caucasian guys because that’s what I was comfortable with. I later transferred high schools to Whitney in Cerritos, California, where the Asian population only grew and I even had my first Asian boyfriend. I remember being able to joke around with him in Chinese and thinking, ‘hey, he gets me culturally and being torn between two cultures’
Going to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, helped me feel like a balance because the Asians were more of a minority than majority especially in Southern California. I found my footing and voice. I was part of a founding class for the largest Asian-interest sorority, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, and began taking so many Asian-American studies classes that I eventually earned a minor in it. The sorority helped me find my footing as a leader and voice for fellow Asian-American women even after graduation. As I now wrap up my 14th year of serving as a national officer of the sorority with my current position as the Board of Directors Chairman of an international organization, I have found my voice as a leader and my passion in #MyAsianAmericanStory.
I can share my Asian American story through the friendships I’ve made, my relationships including my marriage to another Asian American (technically, he’s 1.5 generation), and my career path. My career path includes the bamboo ceiling where there isn’t just the gender barrier but the race barrier, as well. My Asian American story continues through my journey as a mother to two young children raising them as third generation Asian Americans with a pride in their culture and where they come from, but also excelling in American things, as well. My story is long from over as chapters start and end, but the bamboo ceiling is a real thing and continuing to raise Asian American children is a continued journey of preserving culture and adapting to societal needs.
[submission via Donna Wang Su]