Final Story: Jeremy Valdez (Lambda Phi Epsilon) Profile

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TAKE PKG: LAMBDA PHI EPSILON INTERNATIONAL FRATERNITY INCORPORATED IS THE FIRST ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER INTEREST BASED FRATERNITY TO HIT THE CAMPUS OF WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY . THESE 10 YOUNG MEN IN THE COURSE OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR HAVE ESTABLISHED WHAT WILL BECOME THE SECOND CHAPTER OF THEIR FRATERNITY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST.

JEREMY R. VALDEZ: “It wasn’t until my pledge process that I became really invested in the fraternity and wanted it to succeed. It was a growing experience and helped me create closer bonds with each individual brother…”

MARIA A. YOUNG: “Since they’re new, they have to learn from other organizations and play off them…”

LAMBDA PHI EPSILON ESTABLISHES THEMSELVES PROFESSIONALLY AND CONTINOUSLY GROW AS INDIVIDUALS BY FOLLOWING THEIR MOTTO, “TO BE LEADERS AMONG MEN.”

THE MEN OF LAMBDA PHI EPSILON HOPE TO MAKE THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WSU CAMPUS, BRING TOGETHER THE AAPI COMMUNITY EVEN MORE, AND CREATE AN EVERLASTING ORGANIZATION OVERALL.

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Outline:

I.         Intro of Lambda Phi Epsilon at WSU

II.         Brief history on Lambda Phi Episilon

III.         Thoughts from the brothers of WSU’s Lambda Phi Epsilon

IV.         What Lambda Phi Epsilon values

V.         Process of multicultural greek organizations becoming established on campus

VI.         Goals for Lambda Phi Epsilon

Lambda Phi Epsilon Makes Their Way to WSU Campus

Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity Incorporated is the first Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) interest based fraternity to hit the campus of Washington State University. The fraternity formally introduced themselves to the multicultural greek community on April 13th on Todd Steps.   These 10 young men in the course of the academic year have established what will become the second chapter of their fraternity in the Pacific Northwest.

Lambda Phi Epsilon was founded at the University of California Los Angeles by 19 men on February 25th, 1981. Internationally recognized, it is the first and largest Asian Interest fraternity with 57 chapters in the U.S. and one in Toronto, Canada. The fraternity was created to bring leaders together from all different AAPI organizations to strengthen relationships and unify the community under one single organization.

Currently, their national philanthropy is the Bone Marrow Donor Drive in order to find matching donors for minorities, specifically of Asian decent. Another main reason the drive was organized was to support a fellow brother who was diagnosed with Leukemia in hopes to find a matching bone marrow donor, resulting in the nation’s largest Bone Marrow Donor Drive in history.

Social Chair and Rush Chair Jeremy R. Valdez said the choice to start a WSU chapter was very random. He wasn’t fairly interested at first but believed there was nothing to lose and decided to pursue in becoming apart of the brotherhood.

“It wasn’t until my pledge process that I became really invested in the fraternity and wanted it to succeed. It was a growing experience and helped me create closer bonds with each individual brother,” Valdez said.

Internal Vice President, Formal Chair, Recruitment Chair, and Stepmaster Adrian W. Wong was also very skeptical in being a part of the fraternity.

Wong said, “I didn’t like greek organizations at first because I thought all they did was party, but Zhi Hu (current president of Lambda Phi Epsilon), sent me some videos of [Lambda Phi Epsilon’s] step performances which I thought were cool, so I went to the national website and went from there.”

Wong was also won over by their national philanthropy and how such a small organization can have such a huge impact on the community and worldwide.

Lambda Phi Epsilon establishes themselves professionally and continuously grow as individuals by following their motto, “To be leaders among men.”

Valdez uses time management skills to balance out all of his involvements at WSU. By giving his schedule to his work and clubs he’s apart of, he is able to attend all engagements or, at least, all he is able to.

The ten things they value most are academic achievement , brotherhood among men, social interactions among people, provide a philanthropy of worthy causes, promote a sense of belonging, develop individual skills and leadership abilities in young men, promote interaction among people of different ethnic heritage, develop a sense of identity for Asian American men on campus, provide an insight into the Asian American culture for people of Non-Asian decent, and develop each individual member to his full potential.

“I like the brotherhood it’s created. I’ve never had a close group of guys that I could just chill with. It’s something new in my life, and I’m broadening my horizons by doing something I’ve never thought I would do,” Valdez said.

The process of establishing a multicultural greek organization is a lot longer than traditional greek organizations, but all depends on each organization’s rush/pledge process. A certain criteria must be completed in order for an organization to become established at any university. Some criteria include starting a philanthropy, branching out to other organizations, and creating high academic standards.

Secretary of Alpha Nu Multicultural Sorority Incorporated Maria A. Young said, “I think just being welcoming and being open to new ideas are keys to staying alive on this campus. Since they’re new, they have to learn from other organizations and play off them. As an association, we feed off of each other, and by the end of the day we are all unified.”

“You have to have a strong foundation within your own organization and let your fraternity/sorority be known at every single event there is,” said Sergeant of Arms of Alpha Nu Areli Enriquez. “It’s like the real world—if you don’t put in the effort, you won’t make it.”

The men of Lambda Phi Epsilon hope to make their presence known throughout the WSU campus, bring together the AAPI community even more, and create an everlasting organization overall.

“Some goals I have are to make our chapter an associate chapter, make our chapter become a part of the United Greek Association (UGA),  and have our chapter branch out and create that interest with other individuals who want to become a part of something. Networking is also another one of my goals that will get our chapter closer to all of the other chapters [nationwide and in Toronto],” Valdez said. “I’m still in awe about us finally being an established organization, and I can’t wait for the upcoming years to see us grow and impact other people the way this process has impacted me.”

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