How Chi Delta Theta came to be...

About Us

Chi Delta Theta Sorority is an Asian-American interest sorority that was established on October 13, 1989 at the University of California at Santa Barbara by founding mothers Miss Allison Suto-Stripling and Miss Joanne Yamaoka. Over the past fifteen years, Chi Delta Theta has expanded to include four other chapters and over 100 active sisters all over California.

The sisters of Chi Delta Theta strive to promote sisterhood, academics, community service, cultural awareness, and social activity in the lives of its members. Together, our goals are to unite Asian clubs and organizations, to educate and enhance the learning of Asian culture, to encourage interaction between cultural fraternities and sororities, and to provide a support network for our members by developing a special bond of sisterhood, loyalty, and commitment.

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Chi Delta Theta was officially established at the University of Santa Barbara on October 13, 1989. Miss Alison Suto Stripling and Miss Joanne Yamaoka along with seventeen founding mothers formed the Alpha Chapter of Chi Delta Theta, the first Asian-American interest sorority on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

The Beta Chapter of Chi Delta Theta was officially founded on February 3, 1992 with ten founding members at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO). As with UCSB, the Beta Chapter was the first Asian-American interest sorority.

Three women at Loyola Marymount University were initiated into Chi Delta Theta on May 3rd, 1997. Through their hard work, dedication, and love, they became the Gamma Chapter of Chi Delta Thetasorority on the Cal Poly campus.

Thirteen ladies from the California State University at Long Beach were initiated into the sorority on February 28th, 1998. With their direct sense of determination and a continuing love for Chi Delta Theta, Cal State Long Beach became the Delta Chapter.

On February 20, 1999, seven young women from the University of California at Davis, were initiated into Chi Delta Theta and became the Epsilon Chapter. With this founding class, our sorority finally made its way to Northern California.

On May 23rd, 2008, ten ladies from the University of California at Los Angeles were initiated into the sorority. Along with high spirits and commitment to the sisterhood, they worked hard to establish the Zeta Chapter of Chi Delta Theta.

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