THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTaNOOGA
Welcome to the Pi Lambda Chapter of Delta Zeta. In 1902, six young women came together to fulfill their vision of forming an organization which promotes enduring friendships, the pursuit of knowledge, values-based living, and social responsibility. Upon these core ideals, these women founded Delta Zeta Sorority at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, making them the first sorority women at that university. Here at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, us Pi Lambda women take pride in our six core values: Sisterhood, Scholarship, Social, Standards, Service, and Self.
Being a Delta Zeta means living out these values in our everyday lives. We “give graciously” of what we have through our philanthropies for those affected by speech and hearing loss. This past year, we donated over $14,000 to the four incredible organizations that we support! Our sisters have impacted our community in different ways, big and small, through their generous acts of service. We strive to hold ourselves to a higher standard by being model women in our community. We build each other up and push each other to be strong, well rounded women in each of these values. Delta Zeta truly is an incredibly empowering sisterhood to be a part of.
I like to compare Delta Zeta to a puzzle. Each piece of our puzzle is unique from the others, each piece is beautiful by itself, and each piece could stand alone. However, when the individual pieces of our puzzle unite, the puzzle is completed to form an extraordinary whole, something much bigger than individuals. This sorority has given my sisters and I the opportunity to be a part of something that matters, something that as individuals we were missing. I know that the sisterhood of Delta Zeta has and will continue to fill in the missing pieces of myself that I never knew I was missing. I never thought that I would end up being the President of a sorority one day. However, my sisters saw something in me that even I couldn’t see. They brought out a side of me that I never really knew was there. I can truly say that my sisters encourage me to be the best version of myself that I can be; they inspire me to be more confident, courageous, and caring.
I have gained not just friends, but bonds that I know will last a lifetime. Delta Zeta has changed the course of my life in ways that I couldn’t imagine a sorority could do. I honestly could go on for days about how incredible my experience in my chapter has been. If you are thinking about going greek, or just want to know more about what our chapter is all about, please feel free to contact me with any questions. I’ll leave y’all with my favorite quote about being in a sorority.
“They are the family we choose to surround us, the sisters bound by love instead of blood. They know when we are lonely, and appear without being called. When we feel lost, they provide a living map to what comes next; when we doubt everything about ourselves, they remind us who we are.” - Barbara Alpert
I wish you all the best on your endeavors!
Delta Zeta Pi Lambda President