alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1989, and recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. The 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, dedicated themselves to establishing a strong and lasting organization, which would provide Asian American women the opportunity to participate in the Greek system. Soon after being recognized by the College Panhellenic Association, the founding sisters brought together a diverse group of women who shared with them the goals of sisterhood, scholarship, and leadership. These ideals were to later set the foundation for alpha Kappa Delta Phi's purpose.
The love and generosity that each member had for the organization was instrumental to the growth of alpha Kappa Delta Phi's reputation as a sorority, as well as to the forging of unbreakable friendships. The sisterhood has since then spread to prominent university campuses across the country with 48 chapters and 1 chapter in Toronto, Canada, making us the first and only international Asian-interest sorority. To meet the needs of the growing sisterhood, the National Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established in May of 1993 at the National Convention in Santa Barbara, California.
It is the sincere wish of the founding sisters that alpha Kappa Delta Phi continue to promote Asian Awareness in the community and leadership for women by providing each woman with the resources, unique sisterly support and understanding to achieve her goals in life.
Iota Chapter History
alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. fosters the making of successful leaders by assisting and challenging our members to reach their maximum potential. We strive to maintain the highest levels of integrity and innovation in the promotion of sisterhood, philanthropy, scholastic excellence, and Asian-Awareness in the community while creating lifelong relationships.
University of Houston
In the Fall semester of 1994, the founding sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi at the University of Houston worked earnestly to bring together its charter class. The founding sisters Geossie Bumanglag, Thu Kim Do, Angela Lee, Tam Madonna Nguyen, Michelle Shen, and Hannah Tran, had been working towards becoming a part of a greater organization while they were little sisters of Lambda Phi Epsilon. As little sisters they realized the great need for an Asian-interest sorority on campus, so they took their first steps toward sisterhood. In the Spring semester of 1994 they formed the local sorority known as Delta Phi Omega. As sisters of Delta Phi Omega, their purpose was to create an environment, which promotes sisterhood and Asian awareness as well as academic excellence and leadership skills.
Through their experiences as sisters of this local sorority they felt as if they were traveling through unchartered territory, so they decided to seek guidance. At a sisterhood conference they attended during the summer of 1994, the girls familiarized themselves with several Asian sororities. In the end, the former sisters of Delta Phi Omega knew alpha Kappa Delta Phi was best for them, so with further determination they ventured forward seeking new members. Working through the summer, the founding sisters attended many functions in hopes of meeting other dedicated individuals to become a part of their Charter Class. By the close of summer, a great interest in the sorority developed and continued to grow at the U of H campus.
Many rush events took place that eventually led the creation of the Charter Class. Among the new members were Linda Diec, Grace Kwon, Lisa Mungkornpanich, and Chi Nguyen. Along with these fine aspiring young ladies, the founding sisters formed the Charterof alpha Kappa Delta Phi at the University of Houston.
As the newly formed Charter Class, each sister made a pact to respect the bonds of sisterhood and uphold the sacred oaths of the sorority. By attending service project benefiting the community, spending time with all the sisters, and striving toward academic excellence, the sisters at U of H have exemplified the purpose on which alpha Kappa Delta Phi is based.