We know that when you first think about joining a sorority, your parents may have many concerns and questions about Greek life and the Greek system. This information is provided by our national headquarters to help parents understand more about the in's and out's of Delta Zeta.
The Delta Zeta Sorority has a rich tradition of sisterhood while preparing for her members for their futures. Here are the opportunities and rewards members of this honored Sorority experience:
The Bonds of Friendship
As Delta Zetas, our members have lifetime friends in every location in the United States, and in some foreign countries as well. Sisters are everywhere! These special bonds provide support, guidance, networking, and are invaluable in every phase of life. Each of our new members discovers friends who share her same interests, and have her well-being and happiness at heart. The sincere friendship she experiences, both as a collegian and an alumna, helps her to succeed in every endeavor. Not only do her friendships enrich her college experience, but they provide a special connection in her personal and professional life after graduation.
The Value of Scholarship
One of Delta Zeta's strongest tenets is that of academic achievement and excellence. Our Sorority is founded on the principles of learning, not only in the scholastic setting, but in every phase of life. A young woman must meet certain scholastic requirements to become an initiate. Each chapter of our sorority is dedicated to helping new members maintain their grades and continue to succeed academically. The academic chair of each chapter works to implement study and mentoring programs to help sisters succeed. Many of our collegiate chapters have received recognition for outstanding GPAs and for individual members who have received scholarships, dean's list designations and other academic awards. Delta Zeta also provides the opportunity to apply for national and local scholarships, which will allow our members to continue with their academic successes.
The Benefits of Service
When our members gives of their time and talents to help others in need, they receive the rewarding experiences of personal fulfillment and satisfaction. Service to others, whether in the community, the campus, or within the Sorority, has been an integral part of Delta Zeta since its inception. Every chapter devotes much of its attention and effort to helping where there is a need. The national altruistic project supported by the collegiate and alumnae chapters is assistance to the speech and hearing impaired. Our national philanthropic projects are Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California. Gallaudet University is the only four-year liberal arts school in the world devoted wholly to the needs, instruction, and training of young people who are deaf. The House Ear Institute is one of the world's foremost research, teaching, and treatment centers in the field of hearing. Through our work, we also educate the public on the challenges that the hearing impaired face. As a part of Delta Zeta, each member learns the importance of giving back to her community and contributing to improve the quality of life for others.
The Opportunity for Growth
In Delta Zeta, our members experience the opportunity to grow in roles that interest them: leadership, academics, financial management, public relations, fundraising, athletics, and many others. It is in helping each of them realize their greatest potential that Delta Zeta receives its greatest rewards. Beginning with new member education, participation in Sorority activities and through the senior program, each member strengthens her character, builds self-esteem, and comes to know herself. Each learns responsibility to herself and others. Membership helps maintain and develop the fine ideals which the parents of our members have instilled in them.
Chapter Support and Guidance
The Sorority has over 400 alumnae and collegiate chapters in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Each collegiate chapter has elected officers who are responsible for different areas within the chapter: membership and academics. Collegiate Chapter Directors and dedicated alumnae volunteers assist their collegiate sisters in all aspects of chapter protocol and responsibilities and help to oversee the chapter functions. This gives the collegiate members the benefit of the experience and guidance of their alumnae sisters. In this supportive atmosphere, each member shares the sorority experience firsthand with her sisters, and grows in her role and responsibilities as a Delta Zeta.
Membership Fee Use
The membership fees are used in many ways. First and foremost, the majority of chapter dues stay within the chapter to meet expenses such as Recruitment, New Member Education programs, college programs, social activities, rent or mortgage payments and local Panhellenic dues. Nationally, the Sorority makes other disbursements such as insurance, business expenses for national headquarters, travel expenses and membership services. Members can receive information on these disbursements at any time. Membership in Delta Zeta also entitles our members to a lifetime subscription to the Sorority's national, quarterly magazine, The Lamp, which we invite parents to read as well. Delta Zeta is based on a sound financial system. Regular audits check chapter finances and require careful budgeting on the part of each chapter. Our chapter members learn financial responsibility by meeting the financial obligations of sorority in a timely manner.
Contact Delta Zeta National Headquarters
If you have any further questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us or the Delta Zeta National Headquarters at:
202 E. Church Street
Oxford, OH 45056
Phone: (513) 523-7597
Fax: (513) 523-1921