Delta Zeta Founders

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.

Fun Facts

Founded: October 24, 1902  Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

6 Founders

  1. Alfa Lloyd
  2. Julia Bishop
  3. Anna Keen
  4. Mary Collins
  5. Anne Simmons
  6. Mabelle Minton

Grand Patron: Dr. Guy Potter Benton (Member of Phi Delta Theta)

Colors: Rose Pink and Nile Green

Flower: Pink Killarney Rose

Jewel: Diamond

Badge: Roman Lamp

Mascot: Turtle

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.



Pi Gamma was founded May 8, 2004, and since then we have come a long way and accomplished amazing things together as sisters. The women of Delta Zeta pride themselves on being strong leaders, women with overwhelming potential, and a strong sisterhood bond that is always changing but everlasting. The sisters of Delta Zeta are strong-minded, independent, responsible women who try to set good examples as leaders in our community, both on and off campus. Many of our sisters have held executive positions on the CSUN Panhellenic Council and served as New Student Orientation Leaders. One of our alumna, Amanda Allegra, was the President of the CSUN Panhellenic Council for the 2009-2010 school year. We have many girls who also work on campus in jobs that have a great impact on the events and programs that happen at CSU Northridge.

Not only are we great leaders, we also like to have fun. Delta Zetas are the life of the party. We love to meet new people and make our presence known. People stop and take notice when Delta Zetas walk in.  We are women deeply rooted in our values. The values of Delta Zeta can be seen in all of us as we interact with the community. Along with our annual philanthropy events, we also actively partake in community service. We have helped organize food at a food pantry and held a book drive to collect books for an elementary school. We have also volunteered for other philanthropic events, such as the Walk for Autism, Just For A Day, and the Los Angeles Marathon. With an increasing focus on active community service, we as Delta Zetas are looking to give back to our community more than ever. We are women looking to make a difference on our campus and in our society.

Delta Zeta allows our members to be part of something more. With 160 chapter nation wide and counting as well as alumnae groups in nationwide, in the U.K and even Canada! 

We strive to challenge ourselves everyday, to better ourselves, to learn more, and experience new things! All with our sisters by our side every step of the way.