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 under represented. 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 founding sisters felt that Asian cultures could be better exhibited and promoted on campus through a sorority.
Also, 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 turnovers of officers at elections were often dramatic and often 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 girls 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 DeGuzman, 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 future members.
The idea of forming an interest group for an Asian-Interest sorority was initially started by Ms. Rachelle Garcia during the fall quarter
of 2000. In her search to find others who shared similar interests,
Ms. Garcia was introduced to Ms. Elisa Dao, Ms. Huyen Nguyen,
and Ms. Glayn Tabano. Together they became the Core Four and started the promotion and search for others who would be interested in chartering an Asian-Interest sorority. Ms. Horn Kath, Ms. Nancy Lam, and Ms. Monica Chung were intrigued and later completed the interest group.
Together the seven ladies searched for an organization that would help foster a sisterhood and teach not only themselves, but the DePaul University community about the various aspects of Asian culture. After contacting various Asian-Interest sororities, they decided that Delta Phi Lambda suited the ideals they were in search of. Ms. Ang Ngoc Nguyen, a principle founder of the sorority, helped direct the seven women on their journal to become sisters and find the true meaning of sisterhood. Through the endless nights of hard work and unforgettable memories, the seven women became the DePaul University charter class of Delta Phi Lambda on March 31st, 2001. The seven women were then known as Cheetara, Woody, Tootsie, Diamonds, Pampers, Squirtle and Banshee, and established the first Delta Phi Lambda colony chapter in the Midwest region.
The competition to join was fierce, as MGC only invited two organizations per academic year. With ten organizations attempting to gain the much coveted status of being recognized, the seven women worked endless nights preparing presentations that would show the executive board of MGC why Delta Phi Lambda was an organization that the DePaul community would benefit from.
On February 28th, 2002, the DePaul University colony once again rejoiced as they were invited to join MGC as an associate member. In December of 2002, MGC extended Delta Phi Lambda advancement in MGC as full members. They began to construct a presentation displaying how Delta Phi Lambda contributed to the Greek and the DePaul University communities. Successful in their efforts, Delta Phi Lambda was granted full member status into MGC on February 27th, 2003.
On January 19th, 2003 after observing the hard work and perseverance of the sisters of DePaul University, Delta Phi Lambda National Board granted the sisters Associate Chapter status. As the sisters of DePaul University continue to strive towards excellence, they finally achieved active status as Eta Chapter on August 11th, 2012.
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