Delta Zeta History
When six young women came together in 1902 to form a social sorority, they had a vision of lifetime sisterhood fostered by ideals that they cherished.
The six friends bonded quickly as they faced the challenges of starting a sorority on a male-dominated campus, as women had just been given full status as students at Miami University.
Alfa Lloyd, Mary Collins, Anna Keen, Julia Bishop, Mabelle Minton and Anne Simmons met with Dr. Guy Potter Benton, then president of the university, to make their idea a reality.
Delta Zeta Sorority was founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1902. It was the first sorority to be founded at the university.
The Founders then went on to lay the foundation for the Sorority which would have a national reach. Today, Delta Zeta has enriched the lives of over 240,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada.
Founded: October 24, 1902 Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
- Alfa Lloyd
- Julia Bishop
- Anna Keen
- Mary Collins
- Anne Simmons
- Mabelle Minton
Grand Patron: Dr. Guy Potter Benton (Member of Phi Delta Theta)
Colors: Rose Pink and Nile Green
Flower: Pink Killarney Rose
Badge: Roman Lamp
Philanthropy: Speech & Hearing Impaired - The Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Painted Turtle Camp, Gallaudet University, House Research Institute
Magazine: The LAMP of Delta Zeta, published 3 times a year and mailed to all initiated members.
Number of Collegiate Chapters: 160 in the United States and Canada
Number of Alumnae Chapters: Over 200 alumnae chapters offer continuing association in 49 states, including Hawaii as well as the United Kingdom and Canada.
Number of Initiated Members: Over 240,000 women
Number of collegiate members: At any given time, Delta Zeta has more than 14,000 undergraduate members.