Alpha Kappa Delta Phi

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alpha Kappa Delta Phi
αΚΔΦ
Akdfcrest.png
FoundedFebruary 7, 1990; 31 years ago (February 7, 1990)
University of California, Berkeley
TypeSocial
ScopeInternational
MottoTimeless Friendship Through Sisterhood
ColorsPurple and White    
SymbolHourglass
FlowerIris
MascotPhoenix
Chapters62[1]
StoneDiamond
Headquarters
US
Websitealpha Kappa Delta Phi homepage

alpha Kappa Delta Phi (αΚΔΦ), also known as aKDPhi, Kappa Delta Phi, KDPhi, is an international Asian-interest[2] sorority founded at the University of California, Berkeley.[2] alpha Kappa Delta Phi has 62 chapters located at numerous universities across the United States and in Canada. It is part of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), which it helped charter in 2006.

History[edit]

alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California in the Fall of 1989 and recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. There were fourteen founding sisters: Betty Chu, Karin Co, Susan Kim, Nancy Lee, Sherri Leung, Annie Loo, Belinda Ma, Anita Ng, Serene Ngin, Fannie Pon, Josie Sun, Daisy Wu, Jill Yoshimura and Reina Yuan, and they dedicated themselves "to establishing a sorority which would offer Asian American women the opportunity to participate in the Greek system while also establishing an organization which would last as a strong tradition."[3][2]

During the fall of 2002, the National Alumnae Board was established under the guidance of the National Board Alumnae Chair, Sophia Yen, to oversee the expansion and growth of the sorority’s alumnae. The 2002-2003 National Alumnae Board strongly desired a working organization that would provide programs and services to all alumnae. This idea later blossomed into the formation of the National Alumnae Association. With a true grassroots beginning, the National Alumnae Board’s initial activity focused on creating a mentoring program that would drive rich learning and development for both mentees and mentors. The success of the mentorship initiative led to the addition of a scholarship program that would award financial aid to sisters looking to further their education. Over the years, the National Alumnae Board has proudly sponsored many programs to edify our alumnae in helping them pursue their dreams, passions, and legacies. To date, the National Alumnae Association is still holding fast to its purpose: to continue the sisterhood after graduation. As such, it remains the leading avenue for our alumnae to connect with one another and express their timeless affection and everlasting devotion to alpha Kappa Delta Phi.[2]

Asian Awareness[edit]

alpha Kappa Delta Phi promotes Asian Awareness, one of its founding principles, by encouraging its members to be constantly aware of and involved in Asian American issues in their communities. Chapters host events such as forums, presentations, and workshops. Many of these events take place during May, which is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.[citation needed]

Philanthropy[edit]

alpha Kappa Delta Phi's national philanthropy is breast cancer awareness.[4][5][6]

alpha Kappa Delta Phi's breast cancer awareness campaign began in 1998, and its exclusive partnership with Avon began in 2010 and ended in 2017.[4] Across all chapters, the sorority hosts various events to raise awareness and fundraise towards this initiative, including but not limited to breast cancer awareness banquets, information sessions, workshops, and discussion groups. In 2016, the sorority raised and donated over $102,000, hitting the half a million mark in terms of the total dollar amount donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade since the start of their partnership in 2010.

The aKDPhi Foundation[edit]

The aKDPhi Foundation, also known as The Foundation, was chartered in 2011 by the alpha Kappa Delta Phi Board of Directors and initiated by then Board of Directors Chairman, Aprileen Coh, with a focus on supporting educational, leadership, and philanthropic development. The Foundation was formally recognized in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service and is considered a separate entity from alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.

Today, the Foundation has expanded its mission to focus on women empowerment, and does so through fundraising efforts, grant programs, programming and scholarship initiatives. Its ultimate vision is a world where women of ALL backgrounds have equal access to personal & professional development and physical & mental health resources.

Chapters[edit]

The following are the chapters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. Active chapters, associate chapters and colonies are listed in bold, inactive groups are listed in italics. [3][7]

Full Fledged Chapters[edit]

Associate Chapters[edit]

Colonies[edit]

Inactive Chapters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Info Archived 2013-08-21 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d aKDPhi General Information
  3. ^ a b William Raimond Baird; Carroll Lurding (eds.). "Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities (Baird's Manual Online Archive)". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives.
  4. ^ a b Breast Cancer Awareness Archived 2011-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Kappa Delta Phi hosts breast cancer awareness activities
  6. ^ Kappa Delta Phi Sorority honored for commitment. Archived 2011-02-14 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ alpha Kappa Delta Phi Chapters

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