Pi Delta Psi
|Pi Delta Psi|
|Founded||February 20, 1994
|Emphasis||Asian American cultural awareness|
|Mission statement||Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Righteousness, Friendship/Loyalty|
|Motto||"Excellence Through Brotherhood"|
|Colors||Red White Black|
|Philanthropy||Big Brothers Big Sisters of America|
|Chapters||25 Active, 5 Inactive, 1 Alumni|
|Headquarters||P.O. Box 520269 ,
Flushing, New York, United States
Pi Delta Psi (ΠΔΨ) is an Asian-American Cultural Interest Fraternity founded at Binghamton University on February 20, 1994. The mission of Pi Delta Psi is to break down cultural barriers by fostering individual growth in the areas of "Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Righteousness, Friendship and Loyalty". Today this organization consists of over 1,500 members spanning 30 undergraduate chapters and 1 alumni chapter.
Pi Delta Psi fraternity was founded at Binghamton University (SUNY) on February 20, 1994. The fraternity's founding members are David Lee, Philip Hunt, Sammy Wong, Spencer Seto, Ronny Chow, Damien Lee, Thuan Luong, Chester Huang, Christopher Murata, Tracy B. Tabije, and Michael Son.
A year after its founding, Pi Delta Psi was officially incorporated in the State of New York on April 19, 1995. After five years, the fraternity had expanded too large for the Pi Delta Psi National Council to maintain. Thus in 1999, it was decided by the National Council to restructure itself in an effort to grow in proportion to the fraternities expansion rate, standardize chapters nationwide, and increase inter-chapter cohesion. The National Council was also renamed the "National Executive Board" during that period.
After 19 years, this fraternity has expanded to 30 campuses spanning 13 states (New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Florida, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Minnesota, and Virginia).
Pi Delta Psi and its members seek to bring about Asian-American unity by breaking down cultural barriers amongst Asian communities by upholding and/or instilling the Fraternities pillars: Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Righteousness, and Friendship/Loyalty. Pi Delta Psi's mission statement also advocates an increase in education and awareness of Asian cultures as a means of overcoming racism.
Pi Delta Psi holds an annual National Convention during the month of March each year. The National Convention is a formal 2-3 day meeting of members where the National Executive Board meets and discusses relevant fraternity issues with active members from all various chapters. Issues discussed during the National Convention are geared towards active members that usually involve an overview of the fraternity, creating general goals and discussion on national expansion. Cultural, Career, and/or Leadership workshops aimed at educating active members are often set up by the National Executive Board or the Host Chapter when meetings are not in session during the Convention. The location of each year's National Convention is usually determined in the previous convention and is subject to change annually. The National Convention is a private event for Pi Delta Psi members and invitees only.
National Winter Conference
Pi Delta Psi holds an annual National Winter Conference during the month of January each year. The Winter Conference is a one day leadership retreat where the National Executive Board meets and discusses relevant fraternity issues with 2-3 representatives from each undergraduate chapters. Topics discussed during the Winter Conference are focused towards the goals of each chapter and individual leadership. The location of each years Winter Conference is usually located in the New York metropolitan area. The Winter Conference is a private event for Pi Delta Psi members only.
National Summer Weekend
Pi Delta Psi holds an annual National Summer Weekend during the month of July each year. The National Summer Weekend is a 2-3 day series of events that includes the National Summer BBQ, National Summer Conference, and National Summer Banquet.
- National Summer BBQ: The National Summer BBQ is normally held at Alley Pond Park in Queens, New York each year. Sporting events such as basketball, football, soccer, softball, and handball are often held during the BBQ. Many chapters fund raise during this event by setting up booths at the BBQ to sell fraternity related accessories and apparel. This event is the largest public gathering of Pi Delta Psi members and is open to the family and friends of the fraternity.
- National Summer Conference: The National Summer Conference is a half day event where the National Executive Board meets and discusses relevant fraternity issues with active members from all available chapters. Issues discussed during the National Convention are geared towards both active and alumni members and usually involve an annual review of the fraternity, national goals, national philanthropy, national expansion, and/or the promotion or demotion of chapters. Elections for the following year's National Executive Board also takes place during this event. The Conference is normally held in the New York metropolitan area. The National Summer Conference is a private event for Pi Delta Psi members and invitees only.
- National Summer Banquet: The National Summer Banquet is a formal dinner event for Pi Delta Psi members. Advanced reservations are usually required for members to attend. This event is normally held near the location of the National Summer Conference. National announcements such as awards and scholarships are presented during this event. The National Summer Banquet is a private event for Pi Delta Psi members, members dates, and invitees only.
Pi Delta Psi's primary mission is to spread Asian-American Cultural Awareness in an attempt to bridge the gap between various Asian-American subgroups. As a cultural fraternity, Pi Delta Psi tries to educate the community so as to prevent future bias and judgmental conclusions. The fraternity believes that by promoting the education of different cultures,it can expand the horizons of its members and not only better the individual but future generations as well.
At the Chapter level, each Chapter is required to host a set number of Cultural events on campus each year depending on the Chapter’s size; failure to achieve this annual criterion will result in the Chapter losing its Chapter status. Along with hosting cultural events, many members are also leaders or supporters of various cultural student organizations. On top of this, the Pi Delta Psi National Executive Board sponsors and/or promotes a number of large scale cultural events each year that garner participation from chapters throughout the United States.
The national philanthropy of Pi Delta Psi for 2009 was the March of Dimes, and fraternity is still an official team youth partner. Pi Delta Psi Fraternity was able to raise $18,718 in 2009 for the March of Dimes philanthropy.
Currently, Pi Delta Psi's national philanthropy is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. All chapters are expected to work closely with the Big Brothers program in their own campus community. At the Chapter level, each Chapter is required to participate in a set number of philanthropy events each year depending on the Chapter's size; failure to achieve this annual criteria will result in the chapter having its status revoked. Pi Delta Psi is a longtime sponsor and supporter of the APIA Vote campaign.
In December 2013 prospective member Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng died from brain trauma following an unsanctioned pledge event at the Baruch College chapter. Deng, 19, was a recent graduate of The Bronx High School of Science. Despite Deng becoming immediately unconscious, his fraternity brothers failed to call for emergency help, instead attempting to cover up the incident. Baruch College responded by permanently banning the fraternity from their campus. Andy Meng, the National Executive President for Pi Delta Psi said in a statement the incident happened during "an unsanctioned event that was strictly prohibited by our organization", known as "The Glass Ceiling". After investigating the incident, the fraternity revoked its affiliation with the Baruch chapter. In February, 2014, the death was ruled a homicide, and the Monroe County district attorney expects to file charges after the investigation. By May 2015, charges had not been filed, although the investigation was ongoing. Deng's parent's had filed a lawsuit against the fraternity, including Meng, who is the younger brother of U.S. representative Grace Meng.
|Greek Designation||Collegiate Institution||Charter Date||Status||City||U.S. State/District|
|Alpha Chapter||SUNY Binghamton||February 20, 1994||Active||Vestal||New York|
|Beta Chapter||SUNY Buffalo||December 3, 1994||Active||Buffalo||New York|
|Gamma Chapter||Hofstra University||December 7, 1996||Inactive||Hempstead||New York|
|Delta Chapter||SUNY Stony Brook||May 17, 1997||Active||Stony Brook||New York|
|Zeta Chapter||New York University||May 17, 1997||Active||New York||New York|
|Eta Chapter||SUNY Albany||December 13, 1997||Active||Albany||New York|
|Theta Chapter||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||December 13, 1997||Active||Troy||New York|
|Iota Chapter||University of Rochester||November 24, 1997||Active||Rochester||New York|
|Kappa Chapter||Cornell University||April 25, 1998||Active||Ithaca||New York|
|Lambda Chapter||Rutgers University||November 21, 1998||Active||New Brunswick||New Jersey|
|Mu Chapter||The Ohio State University||April 22, 2000||Active||Columbus||Ohio|
|Nu Chapter||Carnegie Mellon University||December 8, 2001||Inactive||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania|
|Xi Chapter||University of Massachusetts Amherst||November 24, 1999||Active||Amherst||Massachusetts|
|Omicron Chapter||The George Washington University||November 15, 2003||Active||Washington||District of Columbia|
|Pi Chapter||University of Maryland at College Park||November 13, 2004||Inactive||College Park||Maryland|
|Rho Chapter||University of California, Riverside||March 30, 2002||Active||Riverside||California|
|Sigma Chapter||University of Florida||November 13, 2004||Active||Gainesville||Florida|
|Tau Chapter||Pennsylvania State University||April 19, 2003||Active||University Park||Pennsylvania|
|Upsilon Chapter||Rochester Institute of Technology||November 18, 2006||Inactive||Henrietta||New York|
|Phi Chapter||University of Central Florida||April 7, 2008||Active||Orlando||Florida|
|Chi Chapter||University of South Florida||November 9, 2008||Active||Tampa||Florida|
|Psi Chapter||Saint John's University||November 8, 2008||Active||Queens||New York|
|Omega Chapter||University of Connecticut||April 12, 2008||Active||Storrs||Connecticut|
|Alpha Alpha Chapter||Northeastern University||November 19, 2005||Active||Boston||Massachusetts|
|Associate Chapter||Columbia University||April 23, 2005||Active||New York||New York|
|Established Colony||University of Colorado at Boulder||December 6, 2009||Active||Boulder||Colorado|
|Established Colony||CUNY Baruch||December 5, 2010||Revoked||New York||New York|
|Established Colony||University of Minnesota||April 16, 2011||Active||Minneapolis||Minnesota|
|Established Colony||University of California, Berkeley||December 4, 2011||Active||Berkeley||California|
|Established Colony||George Mason University||November 17, 2012||Active||Fairfax||Virginia|
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