Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. (ΧΙΠ) is an American multicultural collegiate sorority founded on November 23, 2004, by eight women from the University of Maryland. The sorority has expanded to several institutions and has reached a higher level of diversity. The organization focuses on empowering its sisters, campus communities, local communities, and larger communities through education, advocacy, service, and social programming.

Chi Iota Pi
ΧΙΠ
FoundedNovember 23, 2004; 19 years ago (November 23, 2004)
University of Maryland, College Park
TypeMulticultural
StatusDormant ?
EmphasisService
ScopeNational
MottoReal Women. Real Sisterhood.
PillarsCompassion, Integrity, Perseverance
Colors  Royal Blue and   White
SymbolHeart
FlowerWhite Rose
MascotPuma
Chapters3
Colonies2
NicknamesPi's, CIP
HeadquartersCollege Park, Maryland
United States
Websitewww.chi-iota-pi.org

History

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Chi Iota Pi was founded on November 23, 2004, by eight women from the University of Maryland.[1][2][3] The founders included:[2][4]

  • Jacqueline Argueta
  • Nathalie Argueta
  • Jessica Ayala
  • Jeet Bahra
  • Dinora Hernandez
  • Cindy Juarez
  • Jessica Martinez
  • Janina Rivera

Chi Iota Pi was established as a "culturally-unbiased sorority".[3] Its founders' ethnicities included Caucasian, Latina, and South Asian. Chi Iota Pi was incorporated in January 2005 as a service-based sorority.

As stated on the Chi Iota Pi website:

The purpose of Chi Iota Pi is to establish a multifaceted sisterhood based on Compassion, Integrity, and Perseverance. Chi Iota Pi will accomplish this through community service, and educational and social programming that aims at empowering minorities, women, and children. It is the goal of Chi Iota Pi to strive for finer womanhood and foster the growth of diverse women of leadership to catalyze change in society.[5]

In 2005 and 2006, the sorority became a national group as it expended to other campuses.[3] Alpha chapter at the University of Maryland was a member of the United Greek Council at UMD and was also a MICA (Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy) Organization.[6][7][5]

Symbols

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Chi Iota Pi's colors are royal blue and white.[2] Its symbol is the heart and its mascot is the puma.[2][5] Its flower is the white rose.[2][5] Its motto is "Real Women, Real Sisterhood".[5][8] It pillars or principal are Compassion, Integrity, Perseverance.[2]

Activities

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The sorority's service projects have mostly included participation with the ONE Campaign (founded the same year as CIP), World Children's Fund, and Feeding America.[9] Beyond this, chapters have participated in other programs such as women empowerment programs, annual minority cancer awareness programs, and walked to fundraise for ALS, Diabetes, and Cancer.[10]

Chi Iota Pi has a regional stroll team and a national step team.[2]

Chapters

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Collegiate chapters

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Following is a list of Chi Iota Pi chapters.[2][5]

Chapters Charter date Institution Location Status References
Alpha November 23, 2004 University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland Inactive [7][11][4][a]
Beta Fall 2005 University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut Inactive ? [12]
Gamma November 18, 2006 Trinity Washington University Washington, D.C. Inactive ? [13]
Delta colony Spring 2008 University System of Georgia Georgia Inactive ? [14][b]
Epsilon colony Spring 2009 Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland Inactive [15]
  1. ^ In 2024, the sorority is no longer recognized as an existing or prior organization by the university, leading to the conclusion that it is now inactive.
  2. ^ Chapter was originally hosted at Dalton State College and Kennesaw State University but later became a chapter for the entire state university system.

Alumnae chapters

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Chapters Charter date Name Location Status References
Pi Alpha June 2006 DC Metro Area Alumnae Chapter Washington, D.C. Inactive ? [8]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Browse Student Organizations". Stars.umd.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Johnson, Marlow (February 25, 2014). "Chi Iota Pi Sorority Inc. Informational". prezi.com. Chi Iota Pi Sorority Inc. Informational. Retrieved 2024-05-26.
  3. ^ a b c "History". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via web.archive.org.
  4. ^ a b "Alpha Chapter". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "About Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-08-20 – via Internet Archive.
  6. ^ "The United Greek Council". Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  7. ^ a b "University of Maryland Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life". www.greek.umd.edu. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Pi Alpha Alumnae Chapter". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via web.archive.org.
  9. ^ "Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Compassion-Integrity-Perseverance". Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  10. ^ "Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure: 2010 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure". Globalrace.info-komen.org. Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  11. ^ "Chapter Statuses". Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life | University of Maryland. Retrieved 2024-05-26.
  12. ^ "Beta Colony". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via web.archive.org.
  13. ^ "Gamma Chapter". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via web.archive.org.
  14. ^ "Delta Colony". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via web.archive.org.
  15. ^ "Epsilon Colony". Chi Iota Pi Sorority, Inc. Compassion-Integrity-Perseverance. Archived from the original on 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2024-05-26 – via web.archive.org.
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