A Message From Our President, Grace Halvorson:
Dear prospective members, cherished alumnae, and beloved sisters: it is my pleasure to welcome you to Eta Phi Chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity!
In 1873, Delta Gamma was founded by three women in Oxford, Mississippi, and since has grown to include 148 collegiate chapters and more than 220 alumnae groups with over 200,000 initiated members. As outlined in our constitution, the objectives of Delta Gamma Fraternity are to foster high ideals of friendship among women, to promote their educational and cultural interests, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility and to develop in them the best qualities of character. These values stay true to Delta Gamma women far beyond their college years, and the network that forms as a result is meaningful, far-reaching, and incredibly supportive.
Delta Gamma was the first Panhellenic organization to incorporate a foundation, our beloved Service for Sight, dedicated to both the prevention of blindness and the improvement of lives affected by visual impairment. Millions of dollars have been granted to genetic research, adaptive devices, Braille and audiobooks, guide dogs, and hundreds of other life-changing programs. Recently, the Foundation also launched Joining Forces, a partnership intended to aid service members in all branches of the military who have received injuries impairing their vision.
The women of Eta Phi chapter at New York University, like their sisters before, strive to uphold Delta Gamma’s values in everything they do. Though our chapter is the newest Panhellenic organization at NYU, our women have made their dedication to scholarship, service, and sisterhood clear from the start. Eta Phi sisters are eager to Do Good alongside the larger Greek community at NYU. In the last year, we joined the NYC alumnae chapter for the city’s Vision Walk, pulled an all-nighter at NYU’s Relay for Life, danced the night away at New York Dance Marathon, hosted an art show in support of sexual assault organization, One Student, and began our partnership with a local GoalBall club. The opportunities to serve in New York City are endless and diverse, and our sisters have only just begun to fulfill their potential.
Membership in DG at NYU promises life-changing friendships and memories with a group of intelligent, inspiring individuals who are committed to the Fraternity, to its Foundation, and to one another. Eta Phi women have come to New York from all over the country and the world. I have had the privilege of seeing sisters succeed both individually and collectively, teaching, learning from, celebrating, and encouraging one another. Eta Phi DGs are here for Sunday brunches, for late nights in Bobst, for sunny afternoons in the park or frolicking through the fountain on a rainy day. They are here for standing in line at the latest Instagrammable food spot or for last minute trips to the Met. They are here for Netflix binges or for early morning gym sessions, for making each other laugh and for lifting each other up. Most of all, they are here for motivating each other to be the best women they can be and are here for good.
On a personal note, joining Delta Gamma was a surprising part of my college experience, I had went out for recruitment my first semester of college but found that I wasn’t ready to be a part of an organization that takes the kind of unique commitment that Greek life asks of you. Then I studied abroad in the fall of my sophomore year, I found that I did want a small community within the vast opportunity of NYC and when I returned, Delta Gamma was waiting for me with open arms.
Though unexpected, DG has quickly become one of the most important aspects of my life, and has proven to be enriching and inspiring. Within a city of 8.4 million people, at a university with over 20,000 talented, fascinating students, Eta Phi is a home away from home. It is an honor and a privilege to serve this chapter as president and I look toward the approaching year with excitement and anticipation at what these brilliant, compassionate women will accomplish.