Phi Delta Alpha was officially founded at the University of Oklahoma on February 4, 2002 by fourteen ambitious women who dedicated their hearts and souls into creating an everlasting sisterhood, which would provide Asian-American women the chance to enter into the Greek system. Phi Delta Alpha has successfully crossed 14 years of noble women into the sorority.
The women of Phi Delta Alpha are all leaders at both the university and in their respective cultural communities. Former and current members have held positions in the President’s Leadership Class, Asian American Student Association, President’s Council, Integrated Business Core, Vietnamese Student Association, Japanese Student Association, Multicultural Greek Council, Society of Scientists and Engineers, CAC Soonerthon, and Viet Youth Today. The sorority provides multiple opportunities for active members to grow into confident leaders. Phi Delta Alpha provides yet another vehicle through which our sisters can become leaders from our community and also teaches us the valuable and necessary skills of being an active member of a close-knit organization.
Academics are extremely important to all the members of Phi Delta Alpha. To promote academic excellence, Phi Dee holds weekly study hours, compiles a test bank, and other tutoring and advisement from members who have already taken certain courses. Our women shine in the area of academics, as our members have been recognized as PACE Scholars, McNair Scholars, National Merit Scholars, OU Scholars, Advantage Scholars, and Honors students. We have been recognized for our academics within the Multicultural Greek Council and have held the #1 GPA in the council for multiple semesters. Many of our alumni have gone on to graduate, pharmacy, dental, medical, and law schools across the nation.
Phi Delta Alpha proudly promotes our philanthropy – Lupus Awareness, a project which is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about Lupus and how much it affects women. Phi Delta Alpha’s Annual Lupus Awareness week contains multiple goals. We strive to raise funds to contribute to a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing lupus research while searching for a cure to end this auto-immune disease. We dedicate at least one community service event to Lupus Awareness in April of every year. We also increase public awareness of lupus by preparing free informational pamphlets containing lupus facts. In 2015, Phi Delta Alpha fundraised over $7,500 for the Lupus Foundation of Oklahoma.
Another characteristic that allows our organization to stand out is our cultural diversity. Phi Dee encourages its members to learn about their own cultures as well as the cultures of their sisters. Phi Dee’s members have represented Vietnam, China, Thailand, Korea, Cambodia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Ireland, Japan, Peru, Hmong, Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, and Native American backgrounds. We aspire to promote and educate our community about various cultures. We volunteer at a variety of cultural events such as the Vietnamese Student Association's Lunar Moon Festival and Chinese/Vietnamese New Year. We have had several of our sisters showcase their talentsa and cultures in the Mr. and Miss Asian OU Pageant, and we are proud of our sisters for winning the crown three times.
The main focus of Phi Delta Alpha is developing an everlasting sisterhood. The sisterhood is the core of our group. We are dedicated to forming a “home away from home” for our members. The bonds formed within the sorority will last far beyond the college years. The sisters of Phi Delta Alpha are always there for each other, no matter what the situation is. In order to get to know the sisters better during your semester as a pledge, you will be given a “Big Sis” who will guide you through the pledging process. She is your friend, mentor, and sister. The bonds between the women of Phi Delta Alpha guarantee unconditional support and eternal friendship.