alpha Kappa Delta Phi

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alpha Kappa Delta Phi
αΚΔΦ
The Crest of alpha Kappa Delta Phi.png
FoundedFebruary 7, 1990; 32 years ago (February 7, 1990)
University of California, Berkeley
TypeSocial
AffiliationNAPA
ScopeInternational
MottoTimeless Friendship Through Sisterhood
Colors  Compassion Purple and   White
SymbolHourglass
FlowerIris
MascotPhoenix
Chapters63 [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 63 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
  • Reina Yuan

The Founders 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.

Public symbolism[edit]

  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi uses four Greek letters in its name, and chooses not to capitalize the first letter, or Alpha. Thus, in Greek, its letters are written: αΚΔΦ.
  • The sorority's official symbol is the Hourglass. Additionally, a candle features prominently on its crest.
  • Its colors are Compassion Purple and White.
  • The official stone is the Diamond.
  • The official flower is the Iris.
  • The mascot is the Phoenix.[1]

Chapters[edit]

The following are the chapters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. "Full Fledged chapters" have met all the requirements for the sorority's "Chapter Advancement Process"; associate chapters meet some of the requirements toward installation, but are still developing toward "Full Chapter" status. These and αΚΔΦ's active colonies are all listed in bold, inactive groups are listed in italics.[3][7]

Full Fledged Chapters[edit]

Associate Chapters[edit]

Pre-Associate Chapters[edit]

Inactive Chapters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Official website, General Info tab, accessed 22 Jul 2021.
  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), section showing alpha Kappa Delta Phi chapters". Student Life and Culture Archives. University of Illinois: University of Illinois Archives. The main archive URL is The Baird's Manual Online Archive homepage.
  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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