Rho Delta Chi
|Rho Delta Chi|
|Founded||January 17, 1991
University of California, Riverside
|Motto||Together as One,
Striving for Excellence
Dusty Rose Teal Green
|Symbol||Heart with a Halo on the Left Side|
|Pillars||Sisterhood, Service, Scholastics, Social|
Rho Delta Chi (ΡΔΧ) (also known as "Rhos"), is an Asian-interest, but not Asian exclusive, sorority founded at the University of California, Riverside on January 17, 1991. Rho Delta Chi focuses on 4 main pillars which include: Sisterhood, Service, Scholastics, and Social. It is a rapidly expanding multicultural sorority that has expanded to over 6 chapters in the U.S.
Rho Delta Chi was established on January 17, 1991 as the first Asian American sorority at the University of California, Riverside. The sorority was formed by 14 women in order to unite females of different backgrounds through the bonds of sisterhood and to provide services in the best interests of the community as well as the University. They saw a lack of community not only within the Asian female population, but for the minority female population as a whole and dedicated themselves in ensuring that everyone could have their voice heard.
These founding mothers include:
- Rose An
- Kathy Bak
- Janet Fukuhara
- Kim Hirano
- Christine Ige Shimane
- Sue Lee
- Jackie Phaphui
- Christine Sato Yamazaki
- Jina Song
- Mina Song
- Stephanie Tanaka Chang
- Stephanie Uchida Lee
- Lana Wong
- Min Yi Kim
Through sisterhood, Rho Delta Chi hopes to nurture personal growth and self esteem as well as provide an environment for social interaction. Every chapter for our sorority offers scholarships and study guides which aid in academic achievement. Older sisters are always there to guide and help new members adjust to college life. From tutoring to just having a friend to hang out with, we have a sisterhood that creates a bond that lasts a lifetime. Through our philanthropy and other related activities, we hope to increase Asian awareness and to assist communities in need. Our national philanthropy includes the American Lung Association. We partner up with them every semester in order to help raise funds and educate others on various lung diseases. We host events such as fundraisers, informals, formals, installation, and retreats with other sororities and fraternities with the hopes of gaining knowledge about each other and our diverse cultures. Rho Delta Chi helps balance all these interests to give our members a more rich and rewarding experience throughout their college career and beyond.
The founding mothers of the alpha chapter chose the Greek letters ΡΔΧ in hopes of bringing harmony among all ethnicities. This also represents the symbolic representation of PAX which means “peace” in Latin.
Sorority chants are used at meetings, social events, public events, and step shows. Different sororities and fraternities create chants as a response to their organizations being called in a roll call of attending sorority and fraternity events. The national Rho Chant is as follows:
Who are we?
- Rho D.
- Delta Chi
This sorority chant was drafted at the 2012 Rho Delta Chi National Convention through the collaboration of the Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Epsilon chapter. Although the national Rho Chant is used by every chapter, shorter variations may exist among individual chapters
In the year of 2016, Rho Delta Chi established a national philanthropy. Rho Delta Chi's national philanthropy is partnered with the American Lung Association (ALA). The American Lung Association is a voluntary health organization whose mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research. The sisters of Rho Delta Chi help promote The American Lung Association throughout campus and the local community by spreading awareness about various lung diseases such as lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and Influenza to students on campus and the community. Rho Delta Chi also actively participates in fundraisers every semester to help donate funds for the American Lung Association.
For over 95 years, the American Lung Association has been funding quality lung research with the intent of preventing all forms of lung disease. Today, the American Lung Association Research Program is composed of three distinct programs: the Awards and Grants Program, the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network (ACRC), and the Epidemiology and Statistics Program. In addition to supporting our own research program, the American Lung Association aggressively advocates to increase America's investment into life saving research. We are pushing to increase funding at the National Institutes of Health to help find cures for lung cancer, COPD, asthma and all lung diseases. Now, more than ever, we find ourselves on the precipice of limitless medical discoveries, each one leading us closer to a day when we will be able to reverse, treat, prevent and ultimately find cures for all suffering from lung disease.
Established Chapters of Rho Delta Chi
Full Fledged Chapters
- Α- University of California, Riverside : January 17, 1991
- Β- Texas A&M University : November 10, 1995
- Γ- University of California, San Diego: November 9, 2002
- Δ- University of the Pacific: May 21, 2005
- E- San Francisco State University: February 19, 2012
- Ζ- California State University, Northridge: February 2, 2013
- H- University of Texas at San Antonio: July 13, 2013