Purpose and Facts
Purpose of Delta Zeta
"The object of this Sorority:
Shall be to unite its members in the sincere and lasting friendship,
To stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge,
To promote the moral and social culture of its members,
And to develop plans for guidance and unity in action:
Objects worthy of the highest aim,
and purpose of associated effort."
To the world, I promise temperance and insight and courage,
To crusade for justice, To seek the truth and defend it always:
To those whom my life may touch in slight measure,
May I give graciously of what is mine;
To my friends, Understanding and appreciation;
To those closer ones, Love that is ever steadfast;
To my mind, Growth;
To myself, Faith That I may walk truly In the light of the Flame.
Delta Zeta was founded on October 24, 1902 at Miami University
in Oxford, Ohio by Julia Bishop, Anne Simmons, Anna Keen,
Alfa Lloyd, Mabelle May Minton, and Mary Collins.
Delta Zeta has 160 collegiate chapters, making it one of the largest national sororities, and over 200 alumni chapters.
Delta Zeta Iota Rho was founded at West Chester University
on January 11th, 1969.
Pictured below is Delta Zeta's national crest.
Currently more than
28 million Americans suffer from hearing loss.
Delta Zeta proudly supports multiple philanthropies including Gallaudet University, The House Ear Institute, The Painted Turtle Camp, and the Starkley Hearing Foundation.
Since 1954, Delta Zeta Sorority has shared a partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world's only university with undergraduate programs accessible to hearing-impaired students. Delta Zeta endowed the Delta Zeta Scholarship Fund and the Fine Arts Endowment Fund. In 1995, the Delta Zeta Dance Studio was dedicated.
The House Ear Institute, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to advance hearing science through research and education to improve the quality of life. Their goal is to find ways of reversing, preventing, or treating hearing loss.
The Painted Turtle's mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, and Delta Zeta members volunteer at the camp as well as raise money for this philanthropy. The Painted Turtle supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. The Painted Turtle has no billing department. All campers and families attend free of charge. Delta Zeta adopted The Painted Turtle as its newest national philanthropy at the 2006 National Convention.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation was organized to promote hearing health awareness; to provide hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, and other hearing care products to the needy; as well as to support and conduct research and education in hearing; and to fulfill such other charitable purposes.