On May 8, 1999, five women started a Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. at the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and it became known as the Delta Associate Chapter. Eleven years later, the sisters at UIC receive chapter status becoming the Delta Chapter of Delta Xi Phi.
“Eleven years ago Delta associate chapter was established and to see the growth and the dedication from our following sisters to continue the legacy is amazing. I am so overjoyed with Delta in achieving Chapter status,” says Ebonie Adams, founding sister.
During the past few years, there has been tremendous growth at the chapter, both in membership and in chapter development. In the Fall of 2008, three sisters started recruiting to reestablish their chapter and since then, 25 women have become members of the Delta Chapter, which is up to 69 sisters.
“[At one point], Delta Associate Chapter was only three girls and now look at us, we’ve become a chapter,” says Duaa Sharfi, Vice-President, says of the impact of growth, “We’re headed towards expansion and hopefully with a lot more girls and awareness, we’re redefining the role of a multicultural organization within the Greek community and UIC in general.”
Throughout the years, Delta sisters have worked to become more recognized on campus and this past year seemed to have culminated all their hard work. They were featured in their school’s news publication, the Chicago Flame in January. They collaborated with many other organizations on campus for their events and befriended many others in hopes of future collaboration.
“We came up a lot from people never hearing about who Delta Xi Phi was, but in time our name got out there through socials, recruitment and rocking our letters. It’s a great feeling to finally be recognized by others and to see more of our letters around campus,” says Aileen Apuli, Social Chair and incoming New Member Educator.
While still trying to recruit women interested in joining the sorority and upholding the pillars, the sisters of the Delta Chapter also tried to focus on networking and hosting events based on the pillars. This helped them get them recognized more around campus, but it showed a commitment the women have towards the sorority and maintaining the five pillars.
“Because we had such an increase in numbers, we were able to do a lot more than we previously had been able to do,” says Izzie Karpierz, President, “We held so many events this year – Study Break with DXP, Karaoke Night – our Founder’s week had an amazing turnout! I think we definitely set a high standard for ourselves on what to accomplish next year, but we have such a great group of girls that they’ll be able to exceed expectations.”
“It’s amazing to me to see how far we’ve come since Ebonie, Ann, Jennifer, Kristi, and I began our journey. I have met some amazing women and have formed many close bonds. I’m proud of everything that has been accomplished and every sister that has helped,” says Maria Gasiamis Lamb, founding sister.
There were some ups and some downs throughout the year for the sisters, but for the most part, they pulled through all setbacks, together as sisters. Their commitment to the sisterhood pillar was definitely strengthened throughout the year.
“Being such a strong group of women that can work together and play together, I knew we could accomplish becoming a chapter,” says Kimberly Longo, Community Service Chair, “I’m very proud of my sisters at UIC.”
Delta Chapter sisters plan on celebrating their accomplishments with a formal event in August.