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 were 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 around the country. 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.
In the winter of 1998, co-founders Michelle Le and Eksupar Tongsri made efforts to establish an Asian-American interest sorority. They felt that the University of Virginia needed an organization to promote strong women, leadership, community service, and Asian awareness.
The first step was to establish and recruit members for the Young Asian Women's Alliance, or YAWA. As YAWA, this group of young women took all the necessary steps to bring the nationally recognized Asian-American interest sorority alpha Kappa Delta Phi, to the University of Virginia.
In the fall of 1999, 12 women - Amelia Chun, Hedi Kim, Michelle Le, Yuna Lee, Linda Lu, Jane Luu, Meverly Malixi, Jennifer Na, Hanna Tieu, Eksupar Tongsri, Betty Wang, and Stacy Weng - took the final steps to establish a colony of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. These women established the foundation for the future by working together, learning about the sorority, and understanding the true definition of sisterhood. Recognized as the FIRST Asian-American interest sorority in ALL of Virginia, these 12 women came together to establish ONE purpose, ONE tradition, ONE love.
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.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi Inc. will be the most respected, premier network of innovative female leaders within the
• Encouraging the growth of our members through cultural diversity and the expression of individuality
• Empowering our members to become pioneers for philanthropic, cultural, and scholastic programs worldwide
• Developing strategic collaborations and partnerships
• Supporting initiatives promoting the sustainability of our organization and its mission.
Our chapter strives to become a positive part in the University and Charlottesville community. As a group of women with a common purpose and direction we hope to return our strength and enthusiasm to the community. This will be accomplished by giving back to both the University and Charlottesville community, through activities such as community service, outreach projects, and fundraising for charities. After establishing ourselves, for years to come we will continue to be a strong organization and form a solid relationship with the community.