A Message From Our President, Kiana Farahbod:
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.
Joining this sisterhood has presented me with a whole new perspective on what a college experience can and should be. I may be far from home, but Delta Gamma has provided me with a home away from home--it has surrounded me with incredible women and endless love and support. I have seen this chapter rise up against all odds and obstacles in its path, and I know that by giving Eta Phi my time, my passion, and my energy, I will foster a legacy of love and respect. I love this organization and all of its members. I believe in what we stand for and in the positive change that we are able to make in our community by Doing Good.