alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 1989. Four strong visionaries: Susan Kim, Fannie Pon, Jill Yoshimura and Reina Yuan, along with ten fellow women, became the founding sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. The 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, came together to share one another’s goals of an Asian-interest sisterhood. The Alpha Chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was formally recognized by the Greek Panhellenic Council at the UC Berkeley campus on February 7, 1990. Since its inception, the alpha Kappa Delta Phi tradition has expanded to several campuses throughout California. The traditions and ideals of alpha Kappa Delta Phi have since then expanded to the East Coast.
At the University of Pennsylvania, nine women, Alison Chen, Elizabeth Chen, Charissa Huan, Elaine Lin, Hang Nguyen, Rachana Patel, Maalika Rastogi, Emily Tseng, and Thuy Vu, brought the organization to campus. They felt that Asian American women on campus needed a collective voice that would give support and encourage personal growth and strength. With much determination and dedication, the UPenn Colony was recognized on March 23, 1994. Through the spring and fall of 1994, these nine individuals worked to define their vision of alpha Kappa Delta Phi and prove their sisterhood. On October 8, 1994, these women were officially inducted as sisters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. After one year, the sisters of the UPenn Colony received Associate Chapter status on May 25, 1995. The strong sisterhood at UPenn became the first East Coast chapter to be granted full chapter status, becoming the Theta Chapter on May 26, 1996. The purposes of the UPenn Chapter are to provide a strong sisterhood for all women and to promote awareness of Asian American issues in the University and community.
These three words build the foundation of alpha Kappa Delta Phi. These aspects are developed during New Member Education, blossom during our time in college and extend beyond our time at Penn. We strive to be there for each other through thick and thin, sharing experiences and developing memories that allow us to grow together. Throughout the year we have various sisterhood events that allow us to take a step back from our stressful and busy schedules and appreciate one another's company.
Each sister in alpha Kappa Delta Phi is unique and accomplished, enriching aKDPhi in her own special way. This is what makes aKDPhi such an amazing sisterhood. How it is able to bring together such a diverse group of girls with an array of personalities, interests and qualities that complement each other in unexpected ways. aKDPhi gives girls the opportunity to develop a friendship that turns into everlasting sisterhood.
Lineage Lunches and Dinners
Going to Performing Arts Shows together
Regional and National aKDPhi Conventions
As one of the pillars of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, community service is incredibly important to us. During the fall we host our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Coffeehouse that features various Penn Performing Arts groups and is attended by the Penn community. Through this event alone we are able to raise over $1000 for our national philanthropy the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. We are proud to announce that in 2015 we had our most successful Coffeehouse yet.
Besides Coffeehouse we also host Mr. Pink in the spring, a male pageant competition that we introduced last year that also raises money and awareness for our sorority's national philanthropy. Outside of events that promote our national philanthropy, our sisters also participate in various community service programs that give back to Penn and the West Philadelphia community.
Breast Cancer Awareness Coffeehouse
Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser
Boba for Boobs Fundraiser
Hillel Soup Kitchen
Philly AIDS Thrift
As an Asian Interest Sorority, aKDPhi at Penn is committed to promoting Asian Awareness within the Penn community. We believe it is important to spark racial discourse and cultural understanding as members of the multicultural Greek Community. We create discussions, host events and invite speakers that increase our awareness and change our understanding about Asian stereotypes and race in society in general. Our members are also active in the multicultural and Asian community at Penn. We have girls who are leaders in Penn's Asian Pacific Student Coalition, Multicultural Greek Council and various cultural groups.
As a sorority at an academically rigorous university the sisters of aKDPhi strive for excellence in their academic pursuits. As a chapter we have one of the highest GPAs in the Greek Community at Penn as well as the highest GPA of all aKDPhi chapters in the nation for the 2015 year.
We attribute our academic success to the strong support network that our sisters provide. We have sisters that represent all 4 schools and a variety of majors/minors at Penn that are always willing to share their advice and experiences to help girls who are struggling. We also have a large test bank that sisters can reference and regularly host study hours. We encourage every girl in our sorority to achieve academically and dedicate the resources to set our sisters up for success.
As a sorority, aKDPhi encourages all its members to explore their capabilities as leaders within the community. Girls build their leadership experience by taking on important roles in the sorority that challenge them and help them gain important skills in organization, communication and confidence that can be applied to any future role they are assigned within and outside the sorority.
As members of aKDPhi, our sisters also have access to a vast and successful alumnae that can help our members after college is over. Our alumnae have gone on to go to some of the nation's top law, business, medical and graduate programs, work at fortune 500 companies and do astounding things in their field of work.