Delta Zeta Badge
Delta Zeta (ΔΖ) is an international college sorority founded on October 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Today, Delta Zeta has 158 collegiate chapters in the United States and over 200 alumnae chapters in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. As of 2013, there are over 244,400 college and alumnae members, making them the third largest sorority in the nation (after Alpha Delta Pi and Chi Omega). Although they are a popular sorority nationally, they have not been without controversy. In 2007, a New York Times article regarding the closure of the DePauw University chapter of Delta Zeta accused the organization of alleged discrimination of girls based on looks.
 Miami is dubbed the “Mother of Fraternities” because of the many prominent men’s fraternities which were founded there.
Six of the newly admitted females consulted university president Dr. Guy Potter Benton regarding the founding of the first sorority chapter. Having been a leader in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity he was familiar with the processes of a Greek organization and helped the women establish the first Delta Zeta chapter. Benton aided in preparation of the ritual, badge, and colors. For his contributions, he was named the ‘Grand Patron’. The Delta Zeta Sorority was officially incorporated in October 24, 1902. The founding members were: Alfa Lloyd Hayes, Mary Jane Collins, Anna Louise Keen, Julia Lawrence Bishop, Mabelle May Minton, and Anne Dial Simmons.
Article II of the Mission Statement reads as follows: “The purpose of this sorority shall be to unite its members in the bonds of sincere and lasting friendship, to stimulate one another in the pursuit of knowledge, to promote the moral and social culture of its members, and to develop plans for guidance and unity in action; objects worthy of the highest aim and purpose of associated effort.”
The women were harassed for wanting to form a sorority. In one account, someone stole the constitution out of the secretary’s hand but Dr. Benton pursued the offender and retrieved the constitution.
The sorority joined the National Panhellenic Conference in 1910. Delta Zeta has absorbed four other sororities: Beta Phi Alpha in 1941, Phi Omega Pi in 1946, Delta Sigma Epsilon in 1956, and Theta Upsilon in 1962. Delta Zeta marked its Centennial Celebration in 2002.
Delta Zeta’s official colors are rose and green. The Roman lamp is considered the official symbol. DZ’s flower is the pink killarney rose, while the official stone is the diamond.
Delta Zeta’s officially recognized mascot is the turtle. Delta Zeta’s partnership with The Painted Turtle displays their commitment towards philanthropy while also incorporating their mascot.
Mascot — Turtle
Since 2006, the sorority’s national philanthropy has been The Painted Turtle, a Summer camp for children with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities.
Delta Zeta also works with several local and national charities related to speech and hearing loss, such as the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Delta Zeta Creed
To the world,
I promise temperance, and insight, and courage
To crusade for justice,
To seek the truth and defend it always.
To those whom my life may touch in slight measure,
May I give graciously of what is mine.
To my friends, understanding and appreciation,
To those closer ones, love that is ever steadfast,
To my mind, growth,
To myself, faith
That I may walk truly in the light of the flame.
The Delta Zeta Foundation
The Delta Zeta Foundation is a not-for-profit entity within the organization that provides various scholarships for members of the sorority as well as funding leadership, philanthropy, and education programs. There is a national philanthropic organization for active members of Delta Zeta known as the 1902 Loyalty Circle, members join by donating $19.02.
Current National Council
The National Council of Delta Zeta is an alumnae board tasked with the governance of the organization.
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Delta Zeta (ΔΖ)
- Founded On: October 24th, 1902 – Miami University, Oxford, OH
- Type: Social Sorority
- Colors: Rose and Green
- Flower: Pink Killarney Rose
- Nicknames: DZ-Delta-Zeta
- Chapters: 162 Chapters
- Website: www.deltazeta.org
- Motto: Delta Zeta’s motto is secret — There is no official public motto