On May 1, 2010, Delta Xi Phi welcomed its 22nd chapter at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. Ten women became the founding sisters of the Chi Associate Chapter. The road to sisterhood was a long one, especially since Cabrini College does not have a Greek Life.
“We were, and still are, up against great adversity on our campus. Cabrini, having no Greek Life is hesitant to allow sororities and fraternities on campus,” says Cate Schaffer, President of Chi Associate Chapter.
“We had to basically fight for it. We had to show that we were serious about establishing DXP and that we were going to follow the rules,” says Maya Cheeks, Vice President.
Although faced with this adversity, these ten women made it through their process into sisterhood. They started showing their commitment to the pillars and philanthropy of DXP right away by participating in their local Relay for Life, right after they started their process.
“Relay was where we first started to bond as a group. It was perfect timing! We [had just started] and now we had to stay in a gym all night with each other. It was a lot of fun, though,” says Cheeks.
Throughout their entire process, Schaffer and Cheeks and their line sisters relied on each other for support and encouragement, and bonded because of this. They also had support from DXP’s national board and other sisters and made it through process with the help of their (sorority) mothers, Vicki Nelson, President, and Alyssa Sprovieri, Eastern Regional Advisor.
“I think [DXP] is a wonderful thing for anyone to be a part of. I have received overwhelming support from not only my line sisters, but sisters across the country,” says Schaffer. “Alyssa was constantly emailing and calling us all to make sure we were ok. She kept reminding us that she was not scary, and was only there to help us in any way she could, which she always did. Those days when I needed someone to cry and panic to, it was Alyssa. She was wonderful, and I think I would have quit if it wasn’t for her.”
In addition to Schaffer and Cheeks, the women who founded the Chi Associate Chapter of Delta Xi Phi are Lauren Brescia, Melanie Greenberg, Brittany Hume, Dijana Ilic, Katie Jones, Melissa Mininno, Nicole Saputelli, and Melissa Todd.
Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. was established on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in 1994 and is one of the founding members of the National Multicultural Greek Council. The sorority now has 22 chapters nationwide and is currently expanding. The sisterhood of Delta Xi Phi promotes multiculturalism, the advancement of women through higher education, community service, sisterhood and friendship.