By Victoria “Prakāśa” Yee, Contributing Writer
Jackie “Premila” Chu was born in Philadelphia, but spent most of her life in Des Monies, Iowa. Chu joined Delta Phi Lambda in the spring of 2017 as a freshman at the University of Iowa Colony Chapter. Since then, Chu has made an effort to improve not only herself, but also her chapter and the Asian Community on campus.
Prior to joining Delta Phi Lambda, Chu did extensive research on her home chapter, the national sorority, and other organizations in the APIA community. Chu has already dedicated herself to using her background as a first generation Asian American to advocate for not only Asians, but also for other women of color and mental health awareness causes.
Upon joining the sorority, Chu served as her chapter’s public relations chair, philanthropy chair, and webmistress. Currently, Chu serves as the vice president of external relations. She also serves on the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) executive board as vice president of public relations as well. In that capacity, Chu advocated for equality while the university’s MGC Constitution was under revision. Chu also attended this year’s AFLV Conference as an MGC Representative.
Chu is also a general member of the Vietnamese Student Association, in which she participated in a Women of Color Panel and shared her experiences navigating in white spaces as an Asian woman.
Chu’s efforts have been rewarded by being selected as her chapter’s Dedicated Female Leader of the Month in February. She was also awarded the Dedicated Asian Awareness Advocate Award. On the university level, Chu was recognized at the school’s Asian American Pacific Islander Graduation Banquet as Outstanding Executive Board Member.
Chu has been acknowledged by her sisters as an incredible, dedicated female leader. She seeks to continue to learn, grow and share her experiences with the support of her sisters.
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