Delta Phi Omega

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Delta Phi Omega
Founded December 6, 1998; 16 years ago (1998-12-06)
University of Houston
Type Social and Service
Motto “We Dreamt, We Saw, We Conquered”


Black Silver
Symbol Bengal Tiger
Flower White Orchid
Mascot Bengal Tiger
Philanthropy Children’s Education and Literacy
Chapters 16
Colonies 29
Headquarters 2900 Oaktree Avenue Apt #8103
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Homepage [1]

Delta Phi Omega (commonly referred to as DPO, ∆ΦΩ, and DPhiO) a nationally based South Asian-interest, multicultural sorority in the United States, with over 1800 sisters in thirteen chapters and twenty-nine colonies.


Established on December 6, 1998 at the University of Houston by sixteen South Asian women, Delta Phi Omega was envisioned as an organization that would focus on the diverse Indian culture through participation in various community and service projects, promote the advancement of South Asian women, and unite women among the South Asian community. Its pillars are Sisterhood, Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, and Friendship. Every year, Delta Phi Omega continues to expand and make its presence known throughout the college campuses and the surrounding communities.

The Honorable National Founding Mothers:

  • Simran Bakshi Gutierrez
  • Heena Bhakta-Palmer
  • Leena Cherian-Joseph
  • Bonna Choudhari Patel
  • Rita Dhanani Rauniyar
  • Anita Jari Kharbanda
  • Amitha Nikam Verma
  • Avni Patel
  • Jesika Patel
  • Jolly Patel
  • Shevon Patel
  • Sonal Amit Patel
  • Arati Shah
  • Deepa Swamy Kurian
  • Manisha Vakharia
  • Sarika Wadhawan


In 2001, alumni sisters foresaw a rapid expansion of DPO and recognized the need for a central governing body. They founded the first National Council of Delta Phi Omega on February 1, 2002, which became the administrative entity of the sorority. The National Council ensures the continuity of the original purpose and mission and ideals of the National Founding Mothers. Its functions also include handling matters of controversy, coordinating national-level programs, and overseeing chapter compliance with the national policies. Each year at the National Conference, five alumni sisters, as well as area directors, are elected to the National Council.

National initiatives[edit]

  • Literacy Through Unity Week, Benefiting Pratham and CARE, and Asha For Education
  • Bone Marrow Drives
  • "Be The Change" National Community Partner

Literacy through Unity Week[edit]

The annual Literacy through Unity Week supports children’s education and literacy by choosing a beneficiary each year for donation of its fundraising proceeds from every chapter and colony. Literacy Through Unity week is dedicated to raising awareness concerning children’s education and literacy, along with fundraising at the respective universities and cities.

Events associated with Literacy Through Unity week include:

  • Community Service Projects
  • Informationals by organizations, such as Asha for Education, Pratham, and CARE
  • Movie nights
  • Book discussions
  • Panel discussions
  • Fundraising percentage nights

List of Chapters and Colonies[edit]



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