When Ms. Anh Ngoc Nguyen began her education at the University of Georgia, it was difficult to find friends who could understand and relate to her Asian background. In the predominantly white school of 30,000 students, minorities, especially Asians, were very underrepresented. Worse was the lack of unity amongst the few Asians on campus. In the winter of 1998, Ms. Anh Ngoc Nguyen and Ms. Theresa Sung discussed the idea of creating an Asian-interest sorority at the University of Georgia. With the support of her family and friends, Ms. Nguyen began her quest to find other females who shared a common belief: promoting Asian awareness through sisterhood. Her quest led to the formation of the founding class.
The founders felt a need for an Asian-interest sorority to promote Asian awareness on campus. They wanted to educate their peers about the Asian culture and to strip away the stereotypes that were attributed to Asians. They felt that a sorority would serve the community much better than joining a club because they felt the Asian clubs were often limited in serving the entire Asian community as a whole. Because these organizations were often segregated into their own ethnic backgrounds, they tended to promote their own culture. The founders felt that Asian cultures could be better exhibited and promoted on campus through a sorority.
The ever changing status and membership enrollments in these clubs varied from semester to semester due to the lack of mandatory attendance policies and motivation, making it difficult to form lasting friendships. The turnover of officers at elections were often dramatic and led to strife within the clubs. It was not a matter of who was the best person for the job but who had the most support. In addition, most students who move away from home to attend college get homesick. Thus, the sorority wanted to provide a sisterhood for women with the guidance and support similar to that of a family. With these goals in mind, the founding class: Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Theresa Sung, Sarah Chong Mi Cho, Carmela de Guzman, Yvonne Minh Ta, Linh Khanh Do, and Rebecca Kim Stephenson took on the enormous task of creating Delta Phi Lambda on December 5, 1998. They suffered many setbacks and heartbreaks facing opposition from their school, peers, and competitors, but they were adamant in their beliefs and continued their mission to create an organization that nurtures the talents of its members.
Key Milestones Through the Years
December 5, 1998 - Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. is founded at the University of Georgia by seven dedicated women: Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Theresa Sung, Sarah Chong Mi Cho, Carmela de Guzman, Yvonne Minh Ta, Linh Khanh Do, and Rebecca Kim Stephenson.
February 4, 2001 - The first expansion and charter chapter occurs at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
March 31, 2001 - DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois is chartered.
April 15, 2001 - Purdue University in West LaFayette, Indiana is chartered.
Spring 2001 - The first National Constitution is created and used to outline the structure, purpose, and governing procedures of the sorority.
Fall 2001 – Pam Sopitpongstorn is the first international exchange student.
March 14, 2002 - Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia is chartered.
August 17, 2002 - University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio is chartered.
August 30, 2002 - The first convention is hosted by Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
November 24, 2002 - Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois is chartered.
Spring 2002 - Stephanie Kwok from Purdue University become the first legacy to cross into the sorority. Her sister Robin Kwok is a Purdue charter.
Spring 2002 - The National Philanthropy is declared as Osteoporosis Awareness as this disease has a higher risk of being developed in women, particularly Asian women.
January 17, 2003 - The first Midyear Conference is hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
April 5, 2003 - Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois is chartered.
Spring 2004 - We are a co-founding member of the APIA Greek Alliance, which would later become the National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA).
December 23, 2004 - Georgia State University is rechartered by their Beta Class.
In 2005 - The first New Member Showcase took place with the introduction of the University of Georgia Nu Class and the University of Central Florida Alpha Class.
May 13, 2005 - University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida is chartered.
March 25, 2007 - Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia is chartered.
Winter 2007 - The National Board undergoes its first major restructuring.
August 2008 - The sorority adopts an Anti-Hazing Policy nationally which addresses that “No chapter, colony, member or alumna of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. (“DPhiL”) shall condone hazing in any form."
December 5, 2008 - DFL celebrates 10 years of Everlasting Sisterhood®️.
April 11, 2009 - Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan is chartered.
August 2009 - The Risk Management Policy is adopted to promote responsible social event and function participation.
August 2009 - The first Mission Statement and Vision Statement are declared to align our sorority as a mission-driven organization.
In 2009 - The Jade Times Newsletter is established as the national publication of the sorority. It later becomes the The Jade Times Magazine.
March 27, 2010 - University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida is chartered.
December 2010 - The Delta Phi Lambda Foundation is founded by Lillie Madali, University of Georgia, to empower the women of Delta Phi Lambda and the communities they serve by funding scholarships, supporting philanthropic endeavors, and promoting leadership education.
September 2012 - The Everlasting Sisterhood® trademark is approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
March 31, 2012 - University at Albany in Albany, New York is chartered.
April 15, 2012 - University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina is chartered.
November 18, 2012 - University of Iowa on Iowa City, Iowa is chartered.
August 2013 - The National Board undergoes a second major restructuring renaming the organization's overseeing group as the 'National Office.'
September 2014 - The Dedicated Female Leaders®️ trademark is approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
March 1, 2015 - Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa is chartered.
April 15, 2015 - University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware is chartered.
July 1, 2015 - University of Georgia Alumnae Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia is established.
July 1, 2015 - Central Florida Alumnae Chapter in Orlando, Florida is established.
September 2015 - The official National Alumnae Association (NAA) is founded as the an umbrella organization for the alumnae chapters and alumnae members.
March 2016 - The Board partners with Phillipe Cunningham, DePaul University, to update the Non-Discriminatory policy to include verbiage addressing transgender membership.
April 10, 2016 - Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina is chartered.
April 10, 2016 - University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut is chartered.
November 2017 - The Mission Statement is updated to “Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. advocates Asian awareness, empowers women leaders through its values-based programs, and forges Everlasting Sisterhood through diverse shared experiences.”
November 2017 - Dedicated Female Leader® (DFL) is given an official definition of "A trailblzaer who extends beyond stereotypes and strives to positively impact her community through service, activism, and leadership for the next generation of women."
February 2018 - Our official national philanthropy partner is declared with American Bone Health to continue our dedication of raising awareness for osteoporosis.
April 22, 2018 - University of Madison-Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin is chartered.
August 4, 2018 - University of Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter was established in Cincinnati, OH.
August 2018 - The non-discriminatory policy is updated to include verbiage that addresses a clearer understanding of inclusivity in our membership.
December 5, 2018 - DFL celebrates 20 years of Everlasting Sisterhood®.
March 31, 2019 - Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio is chartered.
October 26, 2019 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska is chartered.
March 21, 2020 - University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Knoxville, Tennessee is chartered.
May 2020 - The official myDFL member portal is created in an ongoing effort to provide value-added services to our membership.
August 2020 - The political neutrality policy is updated to protect the neutrality of the sorority in the course of political activities that involve members while preserving the sorority's tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.
September 15, 2020 - Delta Phi Lambda® launches its brand refresh that represents the vibrant, inspirational, and forward-thinking group of Dedicated Female Leaders® that Delta Phi Lambda Sorority prides itself on.
May 2021 - Delta Phi Lambda announced the new official publication as EVERLASTING Magazine.
November 13, 2021 University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky is chartered. This is the first Asian-interest Sorority on the campus and within Kentucky.