Our History


National History

alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1989, and recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. The fourteen 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, 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.

Founders of alpha Kappa Delta Phi

The love and generosity that each member had for the organization was instrumental to the growth of alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s reputation as a sorority, as well as to the forging of unbreakable friendships. The sisterhood has since then spread to prominent university campuses across the country. To meet the needs of the growing sisterhood, the National Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established in May of 1993 at the National Convention in Santa Barbara, California.

It is the sincere wish of the founding sisters that alpha Kappa Delta Phi continue to promote Asian Awareness in the community and leadership for women by providing each woman with the resources, unique sisterly support and understanding to achieve her goals in life.

To continue the sisterhood after graduation, the National Alumnae Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established in the Fall of 2002 under the initiation of the National Board Alumnae Chair, Sophia Yen, UC Berkeley alumna. The 2002-2003 National Alumnae Board then set the foundation for the establishment of the National Alumnae Association.


Chapter History

Inspired by the need for unifying Asian women at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a group of women came together with the same goals of sisterhood and Asian Awareness. Asian Sisterhood Alliance (ASA) was created in November 2006 by Shirley Chan, Lulu Ji, Julien Lee, Natalie Mak, Diana Man, Viengneesee Thao, Amanda Tso, Phebe Wong, Zoe Wong, and Cindy Wu, to establish the first Asian-American interest sorority at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goals of ASA were to find an opportunity for Asian/Asian American women to take part in the Greek life on campus.

A year later, five other dedicated women: Irene Ieong, Jessica Pan, Ada Sze, Diana Thao, and Jing Yu, joined the group with the same aspirations. As ASA worked hard as an organization for two years to build the foundation of sisterhood and Asian awareness, they finally found a sorority that best suited their ideals. By giving ASA a bid, alpha Kappa Delta Phi believed that ASA deserved the opportunity to be a part of the largest Asian-interest sorority in the nation and would be an essential group to sharing the same values of promoting breast cancer awareness. The goals of alpha Kappa Delta Phi which include sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, service, and Asian/Asian American awareness are all necessities that would make a difference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As each member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison charter pledge class promised to uphold the standards and traditions of the sorority, they were also determined to reach their goal of eternal sisterhood with love, loyalty and respect. The charter pledge class became the Charter Charms in May 2008. These fifteen extraordinary women established the 44th chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Sorority Inc. As the University of Wisconsin-Madison Colony Chapter grew, each and every single young woman vowed to continue the traditions of the sorority, build bonds with other Greek organization on campus, and provide Asian/Asian American awareness on campus.

Additionally, the charter class recognized the importance of having a support system tailored for alumnae to continue the sorority’s value beyond graduation. Thus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chapter Alumnae Association (CAA) was established in the fall of 2008. Six years later, with the support of the Wisconsin CAA, Madison Greek community, and sisters around the world, the Wisconsin Colony Chapter obtained Associate Status at alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s National Convention 2014 in Orlando, Florida. With the perpetual support from our sisters and peers, the University of Wisconsin – Madison Associate Chapter will continue to empower women and sustain the pillars that aKDPhi is founded upon.

Charter Class