alpha Kappa Delta Phi
FoundedFebruary 7, 1990; 34 years ago (February 7, 1990)
University of California, Berkeley
ScopeNational (U.S.)
MottoTimeless Friendship Through Sisterhood
Colors  Purple and   White
Chapters66 [1]
Websitealpha Kappa Delta Phi homepage

alpha Kappa Delta Phi (αΚΔΦ), also known as aKDPhi, Kappa Delta Phi, KDPhi, is an international Asian-interest 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.[2] It is part of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), which it helped charter in 2006.


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:

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]

During the fall of 2002, the National Alumnae Board was established under the guidance, of Sophia Yen, to oversee the expansion and growth of the sorority’s alumnae. The 2002–2003 National Alumnae Board wanted to create a working organization that would provide programs and services to all alumnae, resulting in the National Alumnae Association. The National Alumnae Board’s initial activity focused on creating a mentoring program, followed by a scholarship program that would award financial aid to sisters looking to further their education.[3]


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.[1]

The sorority's official symbol is the hourglass. A candle features prominently on its crest. Its colors are Compassion Purple and White. Its stone is the diamond and its flower is the iris. The sorority's mascot is the Phoenix.[1]


alpha Kappa Delta Phi promotes Asian Awareness 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]


alpha Kappa Delta Phi's national philanthropy is breast cancer awareness.[4][5][6] The sorority'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, also known as The Foundation, was chartered in 2011 by the alpha Kappa Delta Phi Board of Directors 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's empowerment and 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.


alpha Kappa Delta Phi has three classes of chapters. Full-fledged chapters (colonies) have met all the requirements for the sorority's Chapter Advancement Process. Associate chapters and pre-associate chapters meet some of the requirements for installation but are still developing.

Full-Fledged chapters

The following are the full-fledged chapters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi.[2][7] Active chapters are indicated in bold. Inactive chapters are listed in italics.

Chapter Symbol Charter date and range Institution Location Status References
Alpha Α February 7, 1990 – 20xx ? University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California Inactive
Beta Β 1990 University of California, Davis Davis, California Active
Gamma Γ 1992–20xx ? University of California, San Diego San Diego, California Inactive
Delta Δ 1992 University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California Active
Epsilon E 1992–20xx ? University of California, Riverside Riverside, California Inactive
Zeta Ζ 1993 Stanford University Stanford, California Active
Eta Η 1993 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas Active
Theta Θ 1994 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Active
Iota Ι 1994 University of Houston Houston, Texas Active
Kappa associate 1994 University of California, Irvine Irvine, California Active
Lambda Λ 1996 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan Active
Mu associate 1996 California State, Sacramento Sacramento, California Active
Nu Ν 1996 Pennsylvania State University State College, Pennsylvania Active
Xi Ξ 2003 San Jose State University San Jose, California Active [a]
Omicron Ο 2004 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo San Jose, California Active
Pi Π 2005 University of Washington Seattle, Washington Active
Rho Ρ 1997 State University of New York at Buffalo Buffalo, New York Active
Sigma Σ 1999 University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia Active
Tau T 1997 Cornell University Ithaca, New York Active
Upsilon Y 2000 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Active
Phi associate 2001 Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida Active
Chi Χ 2005 University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma Active
Psi Ψ 2000 Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey Active
Alpha Alpha AA 2006 University of South Florida Tampa, Florida Active
Alpha Beta AB 2006 Duke University Durham, North Carolina Active
Alpha Gamma ΑΓ 1999 State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, New York Active
Alpha Delta ΑΔ 2008 University of Florida Gainesville, Florida Active
Alpha Epsilon AE 2008 University of Wisconsin–Madison Madison, Wisconsin Active
Alpha Zeta AZ 202x ? University of Illinois Chicago Chicago, Illinois Active [b]
  1. ^ Chapter started as a colony in 1995.
  2. ^ Chapter formed as a colony in 1996 and became an associate chapter in the fall of 1998.

Associate and pre-associate chapters

The following are the active associate chapters and pre-associate chapters of alpha Kappa Delta Phi.[2][7][8]

Institution Established Type Location Status References
Boston University Spring 1996 Associate Boston, Massachusetts Active
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Spring 1996 Associate Chapel Hill, North Carolina Active
Baylor University Fall 1997 Associate Waco, Texas Active
Johns Hopkins University Winter 1998 Associate Baltimore, Maryland Active
New York University Spring 1999 Associate New York City, New York Active
VIrginia Tech Spring 2002 Associate Blacksburg, Virginia Active
University of Maryland, College Park Fall 2002 Associate College Park, Maryland Active
State University of New York at Binghamton Spring 2003 Associate Binghamton, New York Active
James Madison University Spring 2003 Associate Harrisonburg, Virginia Active
Purdue University at West Lafayette Fall 2003 Associate West Lafayette, Indiana Active
Carnegie Mellon University Fall 2003 Pre-Associate Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Active
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Fall 2005 Pre-Associate Catonsville, Maryland Active [9]
Virginia Commonwealth University Spring 2006 Associate Richmond, Virginia Active
University of Chicago Fall 2010 Associate Chicago, Illinois Active
University of Toronto Winter 2010 Pre-Associate Toronto, Ontario, Canada Active
St. John's University Spring 2013 Pre-Associate New York City, New York Active
University of Texas at Arlington Spring 2015 Associate Arlington, Texas Active
California State University San Marcos Spring 2015 Pre-Associate San Marcos, California Active
University of Iowa Spring 2016 Associate Iowa City, Iowa Active
George Mason University Fall 2016 Pre-Associate Fairfax, Virginia Active
San Francisco State University Fall 2017 Pre-Associate San Francisco, California Active
Northern Illinois University Fall 2017 Pre-Associate DeKalb, Illinois Active
University of North Florida Fall 2019 Pre-Associate Jacksonville, Florida Active
Syracuse University Fall 2019 Pre-Associate Syracuse, New York Active
Wilfrid Laurier University Spring 2020 Pre-Associate Milton, Ontario, Canada Active
University of Texas at Dallas Spring 2020 Pre-Associate Richardson, Texas Active
University of Central Florida Spring 2020 Pre-Associate Orlando, Florida Active
University of Georgia Fall 2021 Pre-Associate Athens, Georgia Active
University of Kansas Spring 2021 Pre-Associate Lawrence, Kansas Active
Rochester Institute of Technology Spring 2021 Pre-Associate Henrietta, New York Active
University of Massachusetts Amherst Spring 2021 Pre-Associate Amherst, Massachusetts Active
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater Spring 2022 Pre-Associate Stillwater, Oklahoma Active
Indiana University Bloomington Spring 2022 Pre-Associate Bloomington, Indiana Active

See also


  1. ^ a b c Official website, General Info tab Archived 2013-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 23 Jan 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Lurding, Carroll and Becque, Fran.(October 7, 2022) "alpha Kappa Delta Phi Archived 2021-04-22 at the Wayback Machine". Almanac of Fraternities and Sororities Archived 2021-06-10 at the Wayback Machine. Urbana: University of Illinois. Accessed November 9, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "aKDPhi General Information". Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  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. ^ a b "Chapters". aKDPhi. Archived from the original on 2022-10-14. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  8. ^ "Chapters". University of Maryland Baltimore County akdphi. Archived from the original on 2023-11-09. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  9. ^ "About UMBC aKDPhi CAA". umbcakdphi. Archived from the original on 2023-11-09. Retrieved 2023-11-09.