alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California at Berkeley in the Fall of 1989 and was recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. The founding sisters 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 sisterhood has since then spread to prominent university campuses, with 47 chapters across the country, and 1 chapter in Toronto, Canada, making us the first and only international Asian-interest sorority. alpha Kappa Delta Phi is the largest and fastest growing Asian-American interest sorority in the nation. It is the sincere wish of the founding sisters and the charter class that alpha Kappa Delta Phi continue to promote Asian Awareness in the community and leadership opportunities for women by providing each woman with the resources, unique sisterly support and understanding to achieve her goals in life.
In the fall of 1995, the tradition of alpha Kappa Delta Phi continued at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The colony at the University of Michigan was officially founded on October 14, 1995. The Charter Class consisted of twelve women: Tricia Bagamasbad, May Chan, Jihwon Chang, Li-Hsing Chou, Jennifer Chua, Lien Fu, Mafan Gong, Caroline Huang, Min Jung Kim, Mona Kwan, Jennifer Tai, and Irene Yuan.
The Charter Class Sisters were installed as Actives into alpha Kappa Delta Phi on January 13, 1996, by the 1995-1996 National Board President Jennifer Lee, and Vice-President Serene Ngin, and three active sisters from the University of Houston. Through the dedication, friendship, and commitment of the Charter Class, the University of Michigan colony became part of the national alpha Kappa Delta Phi history.
The sisters at the University of Michigan also contribute to both the Universityand Ann Arbor communities. Through participation in numerous service projects, workshops, and APA events, the sisters have proven themselves to be an integral part of the University as a whole. The sisters showed their dedication throughout the 1996-1997school years, by striving hard to maintain relations within the University’s APA community, and also with other alpha Kappa Delta Phi chapters outside Michigan, as a united aKDPhi and as individuals.
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 community by:
• 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.