|Alpha Xi Delta|
|Founded||April 17, 1893|
Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinois
|Motto||The Pen is Mightier than the Sword|
|Colors||Light blue Gold|
|Publication||The Quill of Alpha Xi Delta|
|Chapters||130 active (217 total)|
|Headquarters||1389 W. 86th St.|
Indianapolis, IN 46260
United States (Mailing Address Only)
Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ, often referred to as A-"Zee"-D ) is a women's fraternity founded on April 17, 1893 at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois, United States.
Alpha Xi Delta is a member of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the umbrella organization of 26 national sororities. The sorority has over 162,000 initiated members and maintains active chapters at 129 institutions across the United States.
In 1893, ten young women at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois founded Alpha Xi Delta. They ranged in age from 16 to 26.
In 1904, the sorority joined the National Panhellenic Conference. Alpha Xi Delta's Ella Boston Leib was NPC Chair in 1906. Lena Grandin Baldwin, an Alpha Xi Delta who served as NPC Chairman from 1912-1915, wrote the Panhellenic Creed.
Alpha Xi Delta was referred to as a sorority until 1913, when the term "women's fraternity" was adopted.
The colors of Alpha Xi Delta are double blue (light and dark) and gold. The fraternity flower is the pink rose, as chosen by the founders to complement the white rose of Sigma Nu fraternity, whose brothers helped to found Alpha Xi Delta at Lombard College.
Alpha Xi Delta's badge is the shape of a quill, with the fraternity's Greek letters on the barbs of the feathers. It may only be worn by initiated members in good standing. The quill represents the open motto "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword." A variety of designs were produced in the early years of the fraternity; a standard design was devised by 1911.
The Coat of Arms (crest) is described as: "... a shield supported by two griffins. In the golden band across the center of the shield is the Quill. Three conventional roses are at the top of the shield, and a broken sword is in the lower portion of the shield. Above the shield on the knight's helmet is a twist of ribbon in alternating blue and gold, and a blossomed rose."
BetXi Bear has been the fraternity's official mascot since 1989.
Alpha Xi Delta's open creed is called "The Symphony of Alpha Xi Delta", and it lists the ideals of the fraternity's members:
"These things do we earnestly desire: A clear vision of life, that with gracious and kindly hearts we may share both joy and sorrow and bring into living reality the Sisterhood of women. An appreciation of real merit and worth, steadfastness of soul, that without bitterness or defeat we may encounter misfortune and with humility meet success. These things, O Lord, help us to instill within our hearts that we may grow in courage and graciousness and peace."
It was written in 1924 by Helen Willis Lynn, Alice Matthews, and Almira Cheney, one of the founders.
Alpha Xi Delta has supported a variety of philanthropies over its history. In 2022, building on the success of the Kindly Hearts Campaign of 2021 (support for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic) Alpha Xi Delta announced its new national philanthropy: the Kindly Hearts Initiative (support for children experiencing foster care or homelessness.) From 2009 to 2021, its national philanthropic partner was Autism Speaks. The sorority raised more than $12 million for Autism Speaks.
|2022-||Kindly Hearts Initiative|
|2021-2022||Kindly Hearts Campaign|
|1978-1992||Respiratory Health/American Lung Association|
|1970-1978||Pittman Hall School|
|1947||Village of Noorwyk (Netherlands)|
|1930||Carcassone School (Kentucky)|
|Pre-1930||YWCA, American Red Cross|
Each college chapter participates annually in one of six events called "The AmaXing Challenge: Step It Up; Xi Man/Xi Woman; Sports FrenXi; Xi Games; Xi Karaoke; or AmaXing Gala. Funds that are raised support the Kindly Hearts Initiative.
In November of each year, collegiate and alumnae members participate in an online and letter-writing project to raise funds and awareness effort. Letters of Love supports two "key impact" organizations: FosterClub and StandUp for Kids.
"Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is a private women’s membership organization for individuals who live and self-identify as women. Members are selected following a series of one or more meetings, social events and/or interviews by existing Fraternity members (which may include National Fraternity representatives and/or National Council designees). Each woman selected for membership in Alpha Xi Delta must demonstrate academic achievement, be of good character, have a desire to contribute to the Fraternity’s mission and vision, and be able to contribute to the overall prestige of Alpha Xi Delta. In addition, she must be neither a pledged member nor a past or present initiated member of any other National Panhellenic Conference fraternity, or any similar single –gender national college or university fraternity, with the exception of honorary and professional organizations." 
Main article: List of Alpha Xi Delta chapters
Government and military
After several failed attempts, women were admitted for the first time at Georgia Tech in the 1950s. To help support the first women on campus, women's advocate and Alpha Xi Delta alumna Ella Wall Van Leer helped establish a chapter of Alpha Xi Delta on the Georgia Tech campus. Ella and her husband Blake R Van Leer were also credited for the first steps towards integration at Georgia Tech due to their stand against the state Governor.
An event from the waning days of World War II showcases the intensity whereby collegiate members were beginning to break from cultural norms that were common until those decades of change. Few Black students attended the University of Vermont by mid-Century - there were only two enrolled in 1943. Many of the student body, including the majority of members of the ΑΞΔ chapter on the campus had agitated in 1945-46 for a removal of racial and religious quotas that had limited enrollment for decades.
In October 1945, Crystal Malone, one of the few Black students, was a junior on the Burlington campus of the University of Vermont. The Upsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta offered her membership. Although the fraternity constitution did not have explicit racial restrictions, the National Council ordered the local chapter to withdraw their offer. They refused. The National President, Winnafred Corwin Robinson (Mrs. Beverly Robinson) ordered the chapter closed.
Today, the fraternity's constitution and bylaws state: "Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity believes it is inherent in our principles not to discriminate on the basis of religion, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, or age."
Crystal Malone later married the first Black graduate of the Naval Academy, Wesley A. Brown. She had a long career as a teacher and community leader.
The official policy of the National Fraternity is that: "All initiated members of Alpha Xi Delta, are responsible for upholding the values and principles of the Fraternity at all times." Local chapters also are required to abide by the policies of their college and of NPC. Chapters that violate health, safety and other policies are subject to disciplinary action from National Council. Some examples are: