Welcome to the Pi Lambda chapter of Delta Zeta at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Delta Zeta sorority was founded on October 24th, 1902 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Six young women came together to form a sisterhood whose purpose was to create true and lasting friendships, encourage one another in the pursuit of knowledge, promote values-based living and embrace social responsibilities. While our six founders took a leap of faith to start the first sorority on a male-dominated campus, we continue to strive and live by the values they created. Here at the Pi Lambda chapter, we continue to live by and take great pride in our six core values: Sisterhood, Scholarship, Social, Standards, Service, and Self.
It is our duty as Delta Zeta women to fulfill these values every day. We do this through supporting and raising money for our three national philanthropies and our local partnership. Delta Zeta’s philanthropies include the SeriousFun Children’s Network, the American Society for Deaf Children, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, and Pi Lambda is locally partnered with Marty’s Center. In 2015, Delta Zeta pledged to donate 5 million dollars in 5 years to the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Every chapter across the country worked together and by 2020 we surpassed the goal by donating 5.5 million dollars in 5 years. We continue to serve and give in our community and this is one of our greatest values as a sisterhood. On top of that we strive to support each other with a “love that is ever steadfast.” In doing this, we strive to push each other to live by our six values, to become strong, empowering and confident women just like our founders. I truly believe Delta Zeta is an incredibly unique sisterhood to be a part of.
When you hear the word “sorority,” what are some of the first things that pop into your head? Friendships or sisterhood? Leadership? Service? While all of those things come with a sorority, it is so much more. My sorority and my sisters have provided me with so many opportunities and memories that I will never forget, like becoming president of our chapter. Some of those memories also include, the many many sisterhood events filled with lots of laughs, the long nights of studying filled with many tears, seeing the money and services we’ve provided to our philanthropies come to life, and the moments shared as a chapter that provided so much pride in who we are becoming as women.
With that being said, I would highly encourage any woman to consider going Greek and joining an amazing sisterhood. If you have any doubts, questions, or just want to know more, please feel free to contact me. I wish you the best in life and in your future adventures!
Delta Zeta Pi Lambda President