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Council Comment | May 2024

Fraternity Council recently came together for their last in-person meeting before Convention in Palm Desert, California. During this meeting, they received updates from staff and volunteers collaborating to advance the Fraternity’s Strategic Plan, launched earlier in the biennium. The plan represents three strategic directions:

  1. Ensuring Relevance
  2. Cultivating Authentic Sisterhood
  3. Realizing Our Future

Based on each of these, Council developed action arenas and aligned existing Fraternity initiatives with new initiatives. Nine action arenas were created, each led by a committee of staff and volunteers. There has been tremendous progress on many fronts, and Council shares below what they are most excited about.

"Revising our Honor Board processes to better reflect our Culture of Care is something that really speaks to me. The committee reframed the tone and language of the formal hearing and notice of rights to make it to make it more transparent and easier to understand."

Dr. Amy R. Ayres, Alpha Iota-Oklahoma, Fraternity President

"I am most excited about our revised Fraternity Standards. The update simplifies and clarifies the areas chapters can focus on to have the most successful, fun and rewarding membership experience."

Joanna Rosenow Shook, Alpha Upsilon-Southern Methodist, Council Trustee: Collegians 

"I am most excited about the cross-generational programming and the increased focus on meaningful programming for our alumnae. Dawson Institute gave great feedback, and I hope it continues because more of our members need to experience the impact of that program! "

Vanessa Milara Alzate, Epsilon Psi-Rutgers, Council Trustee: Alumnae

"I'm most excited about integrating our fostering brave connections strategic plan focus into the Dawson Institute curriculum. The alumnae who attended shared how transformative it is to engage bravely and connect in person at our institute. Their stories prove how powerful brave connections can be! Thanks to the Foundation and our donors, I'm excited that we continue nurturing genuine, authentic sisterhood through our Fraternity programs."

Molly Peirano, Epsilon-Ohio State, Council Trustee: Fraternity Programming

"I am most excited about the new collegiate communications roles. By reframing these roles, we’re aligning the positions with the social media and digital file management that collegians are already doing."

Dr. Stephanie Latza Brown, Delta Pi-Southern Mississippi, Council Trustee: Membership 

"I am excited about the progress and feedback of our Fostering Brave Connections action arena. Adding that curriculum to our leadership programs helps us develop even stronger, authentic bonds."

Corey Santel, Zeta Phi-Harvard, Council Trustee: Communications

"I love that we’re exploring more opportunities to work across functional areas and subject matter experts (SMEs) to enable us to better understand and support chapters of concern and their members. I’m also excited to see the launch of the career mentoring program pairing collegians and alumnae. We can learn so much from each other."

Susan Meyer Kornegay, Eta-Akron, Fraternity Treasurer

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2024 UIFI Scholarship Recipients

We are excited to announce the collegiate members who have been awarded full-ride scholarships to attend the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) this summer! Brittney Bentz, Gamma Beta-Tulsa, Lauren Conway, Epsilon Kappa-Clemson, and Maggie Schatz, Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State will represent Delta Gamma at UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute).

UIFI is a four-day, three-night, immersive leadership experience where fraternity/sorority students come together to challenge conventional wisdom, discover new solutions to critical problems and accelerate progress in their fraternity/sorority communities. 

Brittney Bentz, Gamma Beta-Tulsa
Lauren Conway, Epsilon Kappa-Clemson
Maggie Schatz, Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State

We are excited for these dedicated women to represent Delta Gamma at this interfraternal leadership event. Thank you to the Delta Gamma Foundation for funding this opportunity for Panhellenic leadership development.

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Delta Gamma Fraternity Announces Return to the University of Miami

Columbus, Ohio [April 25, 2024] — Delta Gamma is pleased to announce the reestablishment of Beta Tau chapter at the University of Miami (UM) in Coral Gables, Florida, in spring 2025.

Delta Gamma’s Beta Tau chapter was originally installed at Miami on February 16, 1946, and closed in 2018. With sound sorority registration numbers and rising enrollment, along with supportive campus leadership, 2025 is the ideal time to successfully reestablish.

“We are thrilled to rejoin the Miami community. Our return to UM will focus on doing good. We will strive to promote educational and cultural interests within our members, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility and to develop in them the best qualities of character. We believe the Do Good Sisterhood will provide abundant opportunities for lifelong growth,” said Fraternity President Dr. Amy R. Ayres, Alpha Iota-Oklahoma.

Beta Tau most famously held the first ever Anchor Splash® in 1966, which has grown to be the biggest fundraising event for Delta Gammas all over the world, with all proceeds benefitting the Delta Gamma Foundation. Since first establishing in 1946, Beta Tau has welcomed over 1,000 women into the Delta Gamma sisterhood.

The University of Miami is one of America's top research universities located in one of the most dynamic and multicultural cities in the world. More than 19,000 students from around the world are pursuing their academic goals at the University of Miami, a vibrant and diverse community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge and service to the South Florida region and beyond.

Delta Gamma will join the six other National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus, including Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Pi Beta Phi, Sigma Delta Tau and Zeta Tau Alpha.

About Delta Gamma: Delta Gamma Fraternity was founded in 1873 at Lewis School in Oxford, Mississippi. The Fraternity’s primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility and develop the best qualities of character. Delta Gamma has more than 260,000 initiated members, 149 collegiate chapters and more than 170 alumnae groups. Delta Gamma Fraternity Executive Offices is in Columbus, Ohio.

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2023 Members of Impact

Delta Gammas do incredible things every day – whether in their careers, through volunteer work, or just by being awesome humans. To celebrate our members and tell their inspiring stories, the Member of Impact recognition program selects honorees on a quarterly basis. We are excited to share the first recipients of the Member of Impact recognition program.

To learn more about the Member of Impact program, click here.

To nominate a sister for next quarter, click here.

For questions or more information, please contact Fraternity Director: Alumnae Engagement, Dr. Melissa Thompson, Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State, at

Christy Carter, Delta Nu-Northern Illinois, and member of Chicago West Suburban alumnae chapter, is a part of a unique program hosted by Northwestern University called Northwestern Prison Education Program. It is the only bachelor's degree-granting program for incarcerated students offered by a top ten university. Christy was selected to serve as an educator for the program and spent 16 weeks in Stateville Prison teaching speech communication and public speaking. According to Christy, the program and her involvement were truly transformative. “This program not only reduces recidivism but it also creates hope and provides the students with meaningful opportunities.” After they graduate, Christy often writes recommendation letters or character references for her former students to assist their legal teams with reducing their sentences.

Raquel dos Santos, Eta Zeta-Chicago, is majoring in biological sciences with a specialization in genetics, minor in health and society, and plans to attend medical school after graduation. While in college, her philanthropy work in Delta Gamma inspired her to keep “doing good” by co-founding a student-run nonprofit organization called Scientella. The organization seeks to promote greater youth, female, and minority involvement in STEM fields by matching students with real-world career discovery experiences, impact-minded leadership development opportunities, and scholarships. To date, Scientella has impacted more than 500 middle and high school girls, completed more than 900 matches, engaged more than 60 professionals, raised $150,000 in donations and holds 15 active high school chapters globally. Raquel’s hope is that “by immersing young girls in these opportunities, they are empowered to pursue fields that desperately require increased female representation in order to shape an inclusive and diverse future of science for the better, ultimately equipping them to “do good” in all aspects of their lives.”

Sueli Gwiazdowski, Alpha Eta-Whitman, calls on her experiences as a Disabled, first-gen working-class, Latina, queer student to affect change across her campus. She is the founder and president of Whitman College’s first-ever Disability Affinity Group, called DISCO and has dedicated each summer of her college career to public service. Sueli spent one year as a law fellow at the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, & Innovation at Loyola Law School and was awarded the 2022 Huemann-Armstrong Award recognizing her advocacy work. Her nominator, Marleigh Anderson, Alpha Eta-Whitman, says of Sueli’s work on campus, especially her working to make their chapter room wheelchair accessible, “she makes our campus, our Fraternity, and the world a better place.” In her term as chapter president, Sueli successfully advocated for the purchase of an off-campus property that will be the first off-campus home for panhellenic women in Whitman College’s history. It is set to open in fall 2024, and thanks to Sueli’s advocacy work, it is wheelchair accessible. 

Laura Rudge Peterson, Gamma Epsilon-Kent State, and member of Atlanta alumnae chapter, is a natural interviewer and storyteller. Recently, she has become involved with StoryCorps, a national nonprofit with a mission to help us believe in each other by illuminating the humanity and possibility in us all — one story at a time. Laura, with the help of fellow alumna Carol Harman, Delta Iota-Georgia, chooses people (most are Delta Gamma alumnae so far) and records their stories, shining a light on their contributions to Delta Gamma and beyond. Once published with StoryCorps, the stories are then stored in the Library of Congress. Her nominator, Joanna Shook, Alpha Upsilon-Southern Methodist, says of Laura, “her ability to connect with people of all ages, to get them to talk about themselves and shine a light of love and recognition has been truly remarkable. Even if someone doesn't believe they have anything special to offer, by Laura having them share their story, she is showing them that they do.” Laura is an incredible champion for people who otherwise might not be heard.

Dana Rivera, Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State, and member of Acadiana alumnae association, spearheaded a family fundraising effort to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in honor of her late son Parker, who died in 2015 at age 15. After his cancer diagnosis, she established Team Parker, an organization that has raised more than $300,000 through local fundraisers in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area in the last ten years. While supporting the place and people who gave their family extra time with Parker, she also is a force for good by volunteering for the American Cancer Society, Junior League, Faith House, and Festival International, among many others. Outside of her volunteer work, she was also named Teacher of the Year at Broadmoor Elementary.

Britt Royal, Alpha Epsilon-Washington, and member of Saint Louis Area alumnae chapter, grew up reading cookbooks and spending time in the kitchen baking for others. Used as both a stress reliever and a creative outlet, she jumped at the chance to open her own bakery. Having been diagnosed as gluten intolerant 12 years ago, she wanted her bakery to focus on menu transparency, an open-kitchen concept, and a contamination-free environment. In her own words, “We all deserve good cake,” and this motto is a driving force behind her successful business, necessitating expansions in both staff and offerings. For people with dietary restrictions, intolerances or allergies, her bakery is more than just a sweet treat. It is a place where they feel safe and accepted. 

Jennifer Surgalski, Zeta Sigma-Northern Kentucky, and member of Dallas alumnae chapter, is living our do good motto. As veteran leader for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Jennifer has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative business partnerships and strategic projects within the sports industry. Among those include her contributions to the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, working to preserve the legacies of Medal of Honor recipients, those who have received our nation’s high recognition for valor in combat while defending our freedoms. What began in a volunteer capacity led to the Foundation naming her Chief of Strategy, where she passionately contributes business expertise to its key initiatives – opening a national museum in Texas, establishing a monument in Washington, D.C., and creating a leadership institute promoting the values of courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, and patriotism and citizenship for generations to come. Her nominator, Leslie Dorris, Zeta Sigma-Northern Kentucky, says of Jennifer, “She is a true advocate for Medal of Honor recipients and the values they exemplified while bravely serving our nation.” You can learn more about the difference she is making in the areas of branding, business strategy, fundraising, museum design, and milestone events by following her work on LinkedIn.

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Delta Gamma Celebrates 150th Founders Day 

March 15, 2024, officially marks 150 years of the Do Good Sisterhood. Founded in 1873 at Lewis School in Oxford, Mississippi, Delta Gamma has more than 260,000 initiated members, 149 collegiate chapters and more than 170 alumnae groups. 

The sesquicentennial kicked off at the 2022 Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, included a Homecoming Celebration Weekend in Memphis, Tennessee and Oxford, Mississippi, in the summer of 2023 and will conclude at Convention in Palm Desert June 27-29

This Founders Day, sisters are invited to join us for a virtual Founders Day program. We'll be joined by Delta Gamma Archivist Diane Hall, Eta Upsilon-Drexel, who will take us into the Delta Gamma vault and show us some of DG's most coveted "crown jewels." She will teach us the history, meaning, and significance of some of our oldest and most precious badges and jewelry. In addition to Diane's presentation, we'll celebrate our Founders with a candlelighting ceremony. You won't want to miss this, so register today

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Introducing the 2024-25 Organizational Equity Commission (OEC) 

The Organizational Equity Commission (OEC) is formed to help guide and inform Delta Gamma’s efforts around belonging, equity, inclusion and diversity to achieve our goal of ensuring Delta Gamma is more equitable, more inclusive and more diverse, creating a sense of belonging amongst members who hold identities that have been marginalized.


Wendy Faust, Epsilon-Ohio State (she/her)  
Wendy currently serves the Fraternity as Director: Belonging, Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, as well as the Chair of the Organizational Equity Commission. She is also a former Fraternity Council member and a former Foundation Board of Trustees member. Wendy is a longtime community and legislative advocate for marginalized individuals in Ohio, working with organizations such as Equality Ohio and Starhouse. In her professional career as a commercial interior designer, she has focused much of her work through a lens of accessibility for all. She is passionate about creating environments where everyone will be valued for exactly who they are and know they belong. 

Sofia Augenstein, Zeta Zeta-Boston (she/her)  
Sofia Augenstein is a student at Boston University studying health science with a minor in biology. When she is not in class, she is passionate about leading diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for my sorority, Delta Gamma. Sofia enjoys constantly learning from different perspectives, situations, and individuals discussing DEI initiatives. She is also an avid yogi and enjoys running when it is warm outside. 

Jason Fitzer, Ph.D. Phi Delta Theta Fraternity (he/him)
Dr. Jason Fitzer has worked as a student affairs educator focused on helping students become involved and engaged for over a decade. A California native, Jason grew up in Northern California and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in business administration from California State University Chico. At Chico State, Jason joined the California Xi chapter of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity. Following graduation from Chico State, Jason obtained a master's of education in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia and later a Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel services. His research focused on topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Jason currently serves as an Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Life, supporting campus climate and basic needs initiatives. 

Wynde Jones, Delta Pi-Southern Mississippi (she/her) 
Wynde Jones firmly believes in the transformative power of education both inside and outside of the classroom. Her over 30 years in higher education are grounded by her passion for making a difference in students' lives.  

Wynde is an instructor in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University. She retired in May of 2022 as the Assistant Vice President for Student Connections at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she gained valuable experience supervising Fraternity/Sorority life, Multicultural Programs, Center for Community Engagement, Transition Programs and Leadership and Student Involvement. Positions as the co-chair of the behavioral intervention team and member of the Title IX investigation team allowed her to serve students in important ways. Wynde has additional experience with crisis management, student leadership and social justice.   

Wynde has a diversity and inclusion certification from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in human capital development from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has held various positions on boards of directors, councils, coalitions and committees where she has served others. Wynde has been an involved alumna with Delta Gamma for nearly thirty years as a collegiate adviser, house corporation officer and regional volunteer. 

Ollie Kress, Alpha Lambda-Drake (she/her) 
Ollie is completing her music business degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and will graduate in May 2024. In her time as a collegian, she has started a feminist advocacy group on Drake’s campus where she served as President, served Alpha Lambda as the director of Anchor Splash, director of recruitment records and director of primary recruitment, in addition to serving on the 2023 Collegiate Advisory Board. Ollie is passionate about advocacy and education and will have her undergraduate research (officially!) published in May on the impact of instructor feedback on students’ feelings of self-determination. Presenting her research at various conferences has “filled her cup” by sharing what she has learned through her study and having the opportunity to speak about it.  

Ollie is grateful to the members of Alpha Lambda for their continued support and for her fiancé, who has grown to love the Hannah doll, too. 

Qy’Darrius McEachern, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (he/him)
Qy'Darrius Z. McEachern is a national speaker and consultant who strives to make his audiences feel positively uncomfortable during speaking engagements and consultations, as he believes that this is a learning feeling that drives growth and change. He also serves as the Program Manager at Code 2040, a nonprofit focused on addressing racial inequities in the tech industry. 

In addition, Q’s audiences feel empowered and educated as a means of creating sustainable change within their organization, leading to higher retention and better organizational morale overall. Q helps organizations take meaningful steps towards fostering true belonging through justice-focused work. 

Madeline Nachtman, Alpha Lambda-Drake (she/her) 
Madeline works in the Alumni Relations department at her alma mater, Drake University. Madeline holds a bachelor's degree in law, politics and society. She is passionate about accessibility. She previously worked at The Harkin Institute at Drake University, where she helped manage event accessibility and was able to support a project focused on access to services for individuals with disabilities in Iowa. Madeline serves as an alumnae group officer for the Des Moines alumnae chapter and is the employment committee chair for Alpha Lambda's house corporation. 

Matthew Phister, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity (he/him)
Matthew Phister has been Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Utah since July 2022. Matt previously served as a Resident Director in Housing and Residential Education at Utah beginning in June 2018, until joining the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff in January 2021 as the Assistant Director and Interfraternity Council Advisor. Matt is originally from Northeast Ohio and attended the University of Akron, earning a BA in political science and later an MA in student affairs administration from Michigan State University. Before attending graduate school, he worked at an academic non-profit in Washington, D.C., managing academic internship programs for undergraduates and law students for nearly three years. Matt is a proud member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.   

Outside of work, Matt enjoys visiting local restaurants and breweries, spending time with his rescue dog, Sophie, and has a growing interest in tattoos, golf and axe throwing. 

Dr. Becca Rampe, Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity (she/her)
Dr. Becca Rampe is a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology. She started at UAB in 2021, primarily offering clinical services to adults who carry developmental trauma and/or traumatic grief as some of their lived experiences while training graduate students and psychiatry residents in psychotherapy. She worked in university counseling centers for 12 years before UAB working to create prevention and outreach spaces for positive mental health engagement. Becca identifies as a Hispanic-white, heterosexual, able-bodied, with English as her first language, cis-gender female from a poor/working-class background, and has no current religious affiliation with neurodiversity connected with her own childhood adversity. All aspects of her identity are meaningful to her in a unique way with her finding it important to allow people to share their stories, lens of viewing the world, and learn about their lived experiences. As a Zeta Tau Alpha, she is the inclusion advisor for Delta Psi at Samford University and Inclusion Chair for the Birmingham alumnae chapter striving to provide education and spaces for reflection and healing for members. She also serves as a health and wellness facilitator for DG. She is excited to serve on the OEC to create trauma and neuroscience-aware spaces for connection, belonging, and learning for members and the DG community. 

Katie Seuntjens, Gamma Iota-DePauw (she/her)  
Katlyn (Katie) Cornelius Seuntjens is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She was initiated at DePauw University, where she received a biology degree and a French minor. Professionally, she is a Senior IT Project Manager at Be the Match, where she has worked for the past 11 years and is a member of their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Katie also serves as a member of Gamma Phi Beta’s Belonging, Equity and Inclusion committee. She has extensive facilitation experience, including Sigma Kappa’s Emerging Leaders, Tri Delta’s BodyImage3D and AAUW Start Smart programs, and Delta Gamma’s Lewis Institute, along with several other Delta Gamma programs. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, two kids and several pets. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, crafting and running. 

Jonathan Ng, Sigma Nu Fraternity (he/him)

Jonathan oversees the fraternity and sorority community at UC Santa Barbara. With almost a decade of experience in Fraternity/Sorority life, Jonathan brings an unbridled passion for student development, transformational leadership and change management strategies to the work he does with others in support of students and student organizations. In this role, he supports Fraternity/Sorority operations, assesses deficiencies and opportunities for growth and manages crises while developing individuals to lead others and create a legacy built on accountability, values-informed practices and inclusion. He is passionate about spending his days in community with student leaders and engaging in a challenge and support model of advising for student leaders to identify who they are, who they want to become and how to best achieve that goal.

Louis Green Assistant Director of Belonging Efforts | EO Staff Liaison

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Delta Gamma Announces Digital Archives Project

Columbus, Ohio [February 20, 2024]— In honor of the sesquicentennial milestone, Delta Gamma Fraternity has partnered with HistoryIT to digitize over 150 years of archival treasures currently stored and displayed at Executive Offices (EO). This project will span over four years and will help ensure the long-term preservation of the history of Delta Gamma.

“History gives us a connected past and a shared identity.” Said Fraternity Archivist and Historian Diane Hall, Eta Upsilon-Drexel. “That is why its preservation is so important. The history of the Do Good Sisterhood has been carefully safeguarded for 150 years. For those 150 years, Delta Gamma has touched so many lives and our members have contributed to the world in extraordinary ways. Now, our members will have access to this vast history at their fingertips. It is awe-inspiring as a historian to be a part of an organization that cares so deeply about its past. To be able to make it accessible to all members of truly remarkable. This kind of project is a dream come true for any historian and I feel so honored to be part of such an amazing work.”

Up to this point, a fraction of the items have been displayed for visitors at Executive Offices in Columbus, Ohio. And while a future state-of-the-art museum at Executive Offices is underway, members and the public will soon be able to access the entire archive via an online searchable database curated by History IT.

"Delta Gamma's dedication to saving and sharing their history is truly admirable. By digitally preserving the entirety of the Fraternity's archives, countless new stories and new connections will be made available to anyone, anywhere. 
We are honored that Delta Gamma has trusted our team with safeguarding their history and sharing it with the world. We look forward to developing a digital museum that showcases 150 years of the Do Good Sisterhood and inspires future generations." 

— Kristen Gwinn-Becker, Founder & CEO of HistoryIT 

HistoryIT has already been digitizing all prior issues of the ANCHORAs, going back to the first issue from April 1884. Those and 400 other objects from the archives that HistoryIT digitized to begin building the online database were funded through the Delta Gamma Foundation.

While this project is underway, archive materials will be safely stored offsite during the renovation of Executive Offices. The digital archive will be unveiled at the 71st Biennial Convention held in Palm Desert, California June 26-30, 2024.

About Delta Gamma: Delta Gamma Fraternity was founded in 1873 at Lewis School in Oxford, Mississippi. The Fraternity’s primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility and develop the best qualities of character. Delta Gamma has more than 260,000 initiated members, 149 collegiate chapters and more than 160 alumnae groups. Delta Gamma Fraternity Executive Offices is in Columbus, Ohio.

About Delta Gamma Foundation: Incorporated in 1951, the Delta Gamma Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed as a complement to the Delta Gamma Fraternity, creating a vehicle for members to promote the educational interests and social responsibility referenced in Article II of the Fraternity Constitution. The Delta Gamma Foundation fosters lifetime enrichment for members, promotes Service for Sight and partners with the Fraternity to ensure the future of our sisterhood.

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Delta Gamma UIFI Scholarship Opportunity

UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute) is a four-day, three-night, immersive leadership experience where fraternity/sorority students come together to challenge conventional wisdom, discover new solutions to critical problems and accelerate progress in their fraternity/sorority communities. Delta Gamma Fraternity and Foundation are offering two scholarships for collegiate members to cover the entire cost of attending UIFI (travel, registration, etc.).

Please complete the scholarship application here by March 25, 2024, to receive priority consideration for this experience. All collegiate Delta Gammas in good standing with their chapter and the Fraternity are eligible to apply.

Learn more about UIFI, program dates and more, at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) website here. If you have questions about the Delta Gamma member scholarship, please contact Kollin Fitzpatrick, assistant director for health and well-being, at

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Experience Hope Serving: Apply for June 2024

We are proud to partner with another Delta Gamma School for Children with Visual Impairments for this Hope Serving program! Participants will travel to Los Angeles, California, June 9-15, for a week of hands-on service at the Blind Children's Center. The Blind Children's Center prepares infants, toddlers and preschoolers of all abilities to thrive through inclusive, family-focused early childhood education, with a specialized focus on children who are blind or visually impaired.

Hope Serving is a service-learning experience that offers Delta Gammas the opportunity to develop as leaders on a local, regional and international level and encourages learning and critical thinking through hands-on service, community involvement, and civic and social justice education.

Applicant Requirements

The Hope Serving program is open to all initiated Delta Gammas in good standing. Both alumnae and collegians are encouraged to apply. Apply here by March 10, 2024. Late applications may not be accepted. 

Participant selection criteria are:

  • Initiated Delta Gamma member in good standing. For collegians, this means good standing in your chapter. For alumnae, this means paying per-capita dues for the fiscal year.
  • Motivation to serve, though it is not necessary to have previous service experience.
  • Physically able and willing to complete the service work needed by the service site.

Please note that you may be required to have a valid passport, complete a background check and/or fill out additional paperwork.

Selection and Participation Process

  1. Completed applications are due March 10, 2024. Late applications may not be accepted.
  2. The Hope Serving staff committee will review and evaluate all Hope Serving applications. Applicants will be notified by March 11 if they qualify for a phone or Zoom interview.
  3. Phone or Zoom interviews will be conducted starting March 13.
  4. Participants for the Hope Serving team will be selected and notified by the week of March 25.
  5. Additional details regarding transportation, logistics and attire will be shared upon selection.
  6. Participants must participate in three pre-trip orientation virtual meetings. These meetings will be held in the weeks prior to the trip and will be scheduled based on the selected participants’ schedules. If you miss any meeting, we reserve the right to replace your spot with another applicant. 
  7. Participants must attend the entire length of the program.
  8. We ask that all participants complete the following post-trip requirements:
  9. Complete a post-trip assessment.
  10. Serve as a Hope Serving Ambassador to promote the program to other Delta Gamma members.
  11. Continue service work with a local Service for Sight organization.
  12. Write testimonials of their experience for both marketing and personal reflection purposes.

Program Considerations/Participant Expectations

We hold high expectations for participants and ask them to have high expectations for themselves. If selected, you will be part of a group of Delta Gammas who will have the opportunity to participate in a remarkable service experience. Applicants should consider the following when applying:

  1. While rewarding, you may experience situations that are unfamiliar and possibly uncomfortable for you. You will work hard and be challenged.
  2. The Hope Serving program puts service at the forefront of everything we do. This is not a vacation. Facilities can be less than what you are used to at home, with limited access to private bathrooms. Lodging will be provided for the duration of the program.
  3. Service activities may involve an element of risk.
  4. Delta Gamma will provide a team leader for the trip; however, participants are empowered to make wise decisions regarding their own safety and the safety of others.
  5. Pre-trip meeting attendance is mandatory, and absences will not be accepted. Many more Delta Gammas will apply for this program than we are able to accommodate, and it is expected that you will fully participate in all components of the Hope Serving program, including virtual meetings and trainings. If you miss any virtual meeting, we reserve the right to replace your spot with another applicant. Once participants are selected, the pre- and post-trip meetings will be scheduled.
  6. Hope Serving is an alcohol- and drug-free program for all participants (regardless of age). Once selected, participants will sign a substance-free policy statement. Failure to follow the substance-free policies of the trip may result in the participant being asked to leave the trip at her own expense.
  7. Your actions on this trip will not only reflect on you, but also the team, your chapter, Delta Gamma Fraternity and Delta Gamma Foundation.

Hope Serving Ambassadors

As a result of the Hope Serving experience, each participant will be able to:

  • Describe and emulate the Service for Sight mission
  • Engage in lifelong service endeavors
  • Create a collumnae relationship
  • Convey a rich understanding of the population served, and how this understanding parallels their sisterhood experience 
  • Assess how Service for Sight impacts them as an individual
  • Develop and articulate a deeper understanding of themselves 

After successful completion of this program, participants will serve as Hope Serving Ambassadors and are expected to share their experiences with other Delta Gamma members. This includes delivering a presentation to their collegiate or alumnae chapter, and in-person or virtual presentations to their Regional Team and other chapters in the region (to be determined based on final participants).

Do Good Hour Credit

All participants will receive 50 Do Good Service for Sight hours for completing the program.


The cost of the program, including travel, will be covered by Delta Gamma Fraternity and Delta Gamma Foundation. Any airfare and lodging will be paid for directly by Delta Gamma. Other items such as baggage fees, meals while traveling, etc. may be required to be paid for upfront by participants and subsequently reimbursed by Delta Gamma. Participants will be responsible for securing their own medical insurance coverage. Participants will also be responsible for any additional costs and expenses not covered by the program (including but not limited to snacks not covered by the Hope Serving program, social outings/gatherings, gifts, clothes, lost luggage, etc.).

Fees will be assessed if a participant resigns from the experience. See Cancellation Fee section below for additional details.

Cancellation Fee

Due to limited space and funding, should a participant cancel after accepting a spot the cost of the trip, approximately $1,800, will be assessed back to the participant. The cause of cancellation shall be considered in determining the need for assessment. No replacements will be permitted.

Travel and Event Policy

See the Travel and Event Policy for more information regarding attendance, transportation and cancellations. The Travel and Event Policy applies to this event.

Health and Safety

Hope Serving participants are expected to adhere to all state, local and service site health and safety guidelines. This may include wearing a mask while at the service site, providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination and/or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to the trip. Further details will be provided during the interview process.


Please contact Learning and Engagement Specialist Dylan Rowell at

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Delta Gamma 71st Biennial Convention 

Registration for our 71st Biennial Convention is now open! 

Join sisters beneath the California palms to conduct DG business and celebrate 150 years of sisterhood. Delta Gamma's 71st Biennial Convention will be held June 27-30 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. 

This Convention will conclude our sesquicentennial celebration honoring 150 years of the Do Good Sisterhood. Join us Thursday night as we flamingle under the California stars. Friday and Saturday we will celebrate our sisterhood as well as conduct business of the Fraternity and Foundation. Saturday evening, we will hold a special closing banquet looking to the next 150 years.   

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. Register today!