Delta Phi Omega


Delta Phi Omega
Delta Phi Omega
∆ΦΩ
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Founded December 6, 1998 (1998-12-06) (12 years ago)
University of Houston
Type Social and Service
Motto “We Dreamt, We Saw, We Conquered”
Colors

Red

Black Silver
Symbol Bengal Tiger
Flower White Orchid
Mascot Bengal Tiger
Philanthropy Children’s Education and Literacy
Chapters 13
Colonies 27
Headquarters Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Homepage [1]

Delta Phi Omega (commonly referred to as DPO, ∆ΦΩ, and DPhiO), is the largest and fastest-growing, nationally based South Asian-interest sorority in the United States, with over 1300 sisters in thirteen chapters and twenty-seven colonies.

In 1998 seventeen different women from different walks of life realized that they had similar goals and wanted to organize together to achieve them. They had dreams of a future of empowered women, with a strong place for south Asian women everywhere. They wanted to bring together south Asian women who wanted to gain a bigger place in the world by raising awareness of their culture, ideals, and morals of their culture.

They organized around ideals of sisterhood, respect, loyalty, honesty, and friendship, based on "sincerity of conviction and purity of motive." They formed a new organization on December 6, 1998, which has become the US' largest and fastest-growing South Asian interest sorority.

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Purpose & Mission

The Purpose of Delta Phi Omega shall be to foster unity among South Asian women, build community awareness, and gain a greater understanding of oneself and others. The sorority aspires to instill leadership traits, excel in all academic endeavors, to encourage an active relationship between the sorority and its respective university, and shall do so with the utmost compassion, dignity, and fortitude.

Origin

Established on December 6, 1998 at the University of Houston by seventeen South Asian women, Delta Phi Omega was envisioned as an organization that would focus on the diverse Indian culture through participation in various community and service projects, promote the advancement of South Asian women, and unite women among the South Asian community. Its pillars are Sisterhood, Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, and Friendship. Every year, Delta Phi Omega continues to expand and make its presence known throughout the college campuses and the surrounding communities.

The Honorable National Founding Mothers:

  • Simran Bakshi
  • Heena Bhakta-Palmer
  • Leena Cherian-Joseph
  • Bonna Choudhari
  • Rita Dhanani
  • Anita Jari
  • Monica Manghanani
  • Amitha Nikam
  • Avni Patel
  • Jesika Patel
  • Jolly Patel
  • Shevon Patel
  • Sonal Patel
  • Arati Shah
  • Deepa Swamy
  • Manisha Vakharia
  • Sarika Wadhawan

Organization

In 2001, alumni sisters foresaw a rapid expansion of DPO and recognized the need for a central governing body. They founded the first National Council of Delta Phi Omega on February 1, 2002, which became the administrative entity of the sorority. The National Council ensures the continuity of the original purpose and mission and ideals of the National Founding Mothers. Its functions also include handling matters of controversy, coordinating national-level programs, and overseeing chapter compliance with the national policies. Each year at the National Conference, five alumni sisters, as well as area directors, are elected to the National Council.

National initiatives

  • Literacy Through Unity Week, Benefiting Pratham and CARE, and Asha For Education
  • Bone Marrow Drives
  • "Be The Change" National Community Partner

Literacy through Unity Week

The annual Literacy through Unity Week supports children’s education and literacy by choosing a beneficiary each year for donation of its fundraising proceeds from every chapter and colony. Literacy Through Unity week is dedicated to raising awareness concerning children’s education and literacy, along with fundraising at the respective universities and cities.

Events associated with Literacy Through Unity week include:

  • Community Service Projects
  • Informationals by organizations, such as Asha for Education, Pratham, and CARE
  • Movie nights
  • Book discussions
  • Panel discussions
  • Fundraising percentage nights

Community Service Events

Previous events include, but are not limited to:

  • Miss India Texas Pageant
  • Houston Area Women's Center 5K Run
  • Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk
  • India Independence Day
  • Pratham Gala Nite
  • American Red Cross Disaster Flood Relief
  • Aga Khan Foundation Partnership Walk
  • Children's Museum
  • Girlstart
  • Ferguson Elementary School Discovery Program
  • 10 K Voices for Children Walk
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Silent Auction-Miami
  • India Fest
  • HOST Program
  • Ridgemont Community Cleanup
  • Herman Hospital
  • Rosemont Assisted Living
  • Hilcroft South Asian Rally for the American Tragedy
  • Music Masala's "Dandia Raas"
  • Philadelphia Cares
  • Philly Spring Cleanup
  • National Gandhi Day of Service
  • Earth Day
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay
  • Tools for Teaching
  • Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa
  • The Alpha House of Tampa
  • Buzz for Learning
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, OR
  • The American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • The Lincoln Elementary Community Academic & Enrichment Clubs
  • Jackson Street Youth Shelter
  • PeaceJam NW
  • SMILE Program
  • Relay for Life
  • Hands on Atlanta- Discovery Program


List of Chapters and Colonies

*Chapters:

*Colonies:

References

References and Notes


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