FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2013
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Attends White House Conference on
Girls Leadership and Civic Education
Washington, DC - On Wednesday, April 22,2013 Ana G. Cid, Patricia Garcia and Monica Cevallos, sisters of the Political Education Initiative of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA) participated in the Conference on Girls Leadership and Civic Education at the White House in Washington DC. The event, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics, brings together scholars, public officials, leaders of youth-serving organizations and media experts to explore the gender gap of women in leadership and highlight best practices in civic education.
"As, an undergraduate, I was honored to have a seat at the table with national education leaders, senior officials from the White House and the Department of Education to propose steps for ongoing action and to create a blueprint for change," says Ana G. Cid, LTA Delta Theta Chapter undergraduate.
The conference represented one of the U.S. Government's commitments to the Equal Futures Partnership and provided a platform to promote political and economic equality for women. Advocates and thought leaders discussed integrating civic education in curriculum, media and policy to inspire young women to serve in public leadership. With just 24 percent of seats in state legislatures, 10 percent of governorships, and 18 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress, the summit underscored the importance of elevating women and girls in politics.
"Being invited and recognized by the White House for our Political Education initiative validates our efforts to educate our sisterhood to not only understand issues that affect our community but most importantly to be advocates for change," says Monica Cevallos, LTA Political Education Initiative Chair.
About Lambda Theta Alpha
Lambda Theta Alpha was founded at Kean University in 1975 as the first Latina sorority in the nation. Lambda Theta Alpha strives to develop strong leaders that produce and engage in political, social, and cultural activities. Based on the principles of Unity, Love, and Respect, the Sorority was established for the unification of women through charitable and educational programs. Although Lambda Theta Alpha is Latin by tradition, the Sorority is inclusive to all women regardless of race, color, creed, sexual identity, gender expression, or religious beliefs. Lambda Theta Alpha is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.