The Kappa Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, California State University, Chico's oldest African-American fraternity which was founded on October 23, 1981. The chapter was founded by James Dorsey, CSU, Chico alumnus and director of national program development for the University of California System.

    Over the past 25 years, CSU, Chico's Kappa Psi Chapter has had members serve in leadership positions in the Associated Students and campus organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, the Pan African Union, the Men of Honor, as well as current and past Wildcat Athletics programs such as wrestling, track, basketball and football. In the academic school year of 2007-2008, Alumni brother, Osazee Edebiri held the position of Associated Students.

     The chapter has also sponsored a number of community service events as well as the annual Achievement Awards Banquet, which is designed to recognize the academic excellence by African American students in their chosen field of study. Last spring, Kappa Psi took a lead role in a fund-raising effort that netted $4,000 for a planned monument for Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chico's Community Park.

     The Kappa Psi Chapter has always been dedicated to academic success. Through the "Kappademic" event, the nupes of this chapter encourage each other to far surpass the level of all other students. Founding brother Dorsey says the fraternity was always more than just a social organization. "Early on, the focus was not just social, but academic success. There was peer pressure to perform academically. At first, for some, just getting into college was it - but we encouraged each other to succeed beyond that. Many of the African-Americans that graduated from Chico were part of this organization."

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