Delta Xi Phi
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|Delta Xi Phi|
|Founded||April 20, 1994
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Motto||what is possible has been done, what is impossible must be done|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Maroon|
|Flower||Yellow Rose of Texas|
|Mascot||White Bengal Tiger|
|Philanthropy||American Cancer Society|
|Headquarters||PO Box 5218
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Delta Xi Phi is a national multicultural Sorority that was founded at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by 15 women on April 20, 1994. The sorority comprises women from all ethnic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Defined by diversity, Delta Xi Phi is not only multicultural in membership but also in programming since its inception. Delta Xi Phi is one of the founding members of the National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC).
Delta Xi Phi is based on five pillars: The Advancement of Women in Higher Education, Community Service, Increasing Multicultural Awareness, Sisterhood, and Friendship.
Delta Xi Phi sorority was founded April 20, 1994 on the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign campus, by 15 young women. These women recognized a need for an organization that appreciated the different cultures present on their college campuses. Multicultural awareness, as well as community service, the empowerment of women in higher education, friendship and sisterhood were also important aspects of Delta Xi Phi.
In the spring of 1992, two different groups of women who were seeking to establish a new sorority at "UIUC" learned of each other's intentions. The two groups organized a meeting where they discussed their goals and aspirations. They surprisingly overlapped and so these women unanimously decided to work together toward their common goal and the two groups merged.They decided to temporarily call themselves "Women for the Advancement of a Multicultural Society." Several sororities on other college campuses were contacted with the intention of establishing a chapter at the University of Illinois campus. However, none of those had everything that was wanted by "WAMS."
Finally, on April 20, 1993, after almost a year of searching for a sorority and much frustration, the women of WAMS made a decision to stop looking for other sororities and to commence their quest of founding their own. Three women from WAMS's were designated pledge educators and helped the other twelve women's dream of founding a sorority become a reality. They went through a year-long pledging process during which they developed a strong bond of sisterhood.
The foundation of their sorority began with meetings where they discussed and voted upon its letters, colors, mascot, flower, and stone. On April 20, 1994 the members of WAMS were no longer just the women of WAMS's, they were to be forever known as the founding mothers of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority. On February 6, 1998, Delta Xi Phi Sorority became an incorporated entity.
The Following is a list of the fifteen original founders known as "Diamantes"
- Amani Abukhdeir
- Hanadi Abu-khdeir
- Lynette E. Alvarado
- Erma L. Alvarez
- Yvonne E. Alvarez
- Monica Arciga
- Maria G. Barrera
- Maria Teresa Botello
- Aida Derat
- Leticia Escamilla
- Christine Lopez
- Elia Morales
- Carla Ortega
- Alma Rivera
- Nancy Tsao
Over the years, DXP has grown with six chapters and seventeen associate chapters from coast to coast.
- Alpha Chapter: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
- Beta Associate Chapter: California State University, Chico - August 14, 1998
- Gamma Associate Chapter: Mississippi State University, Starkville - December 4, 1998
- Delta Chapter: University of Illinois at Chicago - May 8, 1999
- Epsilon Associate Chapter: University of California, Los Angeles - June 7, 1999
- Zeta Associate Chapter: Southern Illinois University - February 5, 2000
- Eta Associate Chapter: Marquette University - February 5, 2000
- Iota Associate Chapter: University of Massachusetts Amherst - March 21, 2002
- Kappa Associate Chapter: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa - May 3, 2003
- Lambda Chapter: Johns Hopkins University - June 7, 2003
- Mu Associate Chapter: University of California, Davis - June 5, 2004
- Nu Associate Chapter: Michigan State University - January 15, 2005
- Xi Chapter: Bowling Green State University - March 11, 2006
- Omicron Associate Chapter: Rockhurst University - May 13, 2006
- Pi Associate Chapter: State University of New York at Old Westbury - June 10, 2006
- Rho Associate Chapter: University of New Hampshire - April 21, 2007
- Sigma Associate Chapter: Valparaiso University - May 6, 2007
- Tau Associate Chapter: Loyola Marymount University - May 17, 2008
- Upsilon Chapter: Keene State College - January 10, 2009
- Phi Chapter: Ohio State University - March 7, 2009
- Chi Associate Chapter: Cabrini College - May 1, 2010
- Psi Associate Chapter: Wake Forest University - December 17, 2011
- Omega Associate Chapter: Samford University - May 5, 2012
- To Be Announced
Delta Xi Phi's official interest groups are known as "WAMS" - Women for the Advancement of a Multicultural Society