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Delta Delta Delta
Founded 1888
Boston University, (Boston, Massachusetts)
Type Social
Scope International
Motto Let us steadfastly love one another
Colors      Silver


     Cerulean blue

Symbol Pearl, Pine, and Pansy
Flower Pansy
Jewel Pearl
Publication The Trident
Philanthropy Children's Cancer Research; Partners with St. Jude Children's Hospital
Chapters 138
Members 186,000+ collegiate
mascot Dolphin
Headquarters 2331 Brookhollow Plaza Drive
Arlington, Texas, USA

Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ), also known as Tri Delta, is an international collegiate women's fraternity founded on November 27, 1888. With 138 chapters in the United States and Canada it is one of the largest women's organizations in the world.



Delta Delta Delta was founded by Sarah Ida Shaw, Eleanor Dorcas Pond, Florence Isabelle Stewart and Isabel Morgan Breed at Boston University.

Three women's groups were already represented at Boston University in 1888 (Kappa Kappa Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta and Alpha Phi). However, Sarah Ida Shaw saw a need for another group which would be different from the others. She enlisted the help of Eleanor Dorcas Pond and told her: "Let us found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of a girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance."

The two young women began the work of creating a new national fraternity. Later Sarah wrote, "...The two enthusiastic friends were unaware of the fact that there was something stupendous about the task they had set hands, heads and hearts to accomplish. They were working for a principle, and it never occurred to them that there could be such a thing as failure. Earnestness of purpose, energy and enthusiasm had brought them both success in college and why should not these same qualities bring assurance of good fortune to the new venture."

Member Badge

Shaw and Pond not only founded a fraternity, but also wrote the rituals and constitution as well as designing the emblems. The choosing of the name was a mutual decision. Pond suggested a triple letter while Shaw chose the actual letter and developed Greek mottos and passwords. The inspiration for these came from a variety of sources such as Egyptian Lore, Hindu mysticism, Greek and astronomy, which reflected the wide and various interests of Shaw.

The Founders of ΔΔΔ:

Sarah Ida Shaw
Eleanor Dorcas Pond
Florence Isabelle Stewart
Isabel Morgan Breed


Tri Delta Firsts

  • Tri Delta was the first women's fraternity to be founded as a national organization with complete plans for governmental structure and expansion.
  • Tri Delta began regular publication of its quarterly magazine earlier in its existence than any other women's fraternity. The Trident has been published continuously since 1891.
  • Tri Delta was the first to plan and perfect an alumnae system.
  • Tri Delta pioneered chapter visitation in 1905, appointing an officer to visit all chapters.
  • Tri Delta was the first to publish a book-length history: A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1907.
  • Tri Delta was the first women's fraternity to hold a national Leadership Conference.
  • Tri Delta was the first to establish a central office (now called Executive Office).
  • Tri Delta was a leader in financing proper housing for collegiate chapters and has a large investment in houses, lodges and suites.
  • Tri Delta has concentrated its national philanthropic efforts on higher education and has been praised by educators for these contributions through the Founders' Anniversary Fellowships, the Zoe Gore Perrin Scholarships and the endowment of the National Humanities Center.
  • Tri Delta was the first NPC group to adopt a central accounting system for its collegiate chapters.
  • Individual Tri Deltas have made outstanding contributions in many fields. The History of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1988 includes a chapter recognizing many "Distinguished Deltas," and The Trident regularly features articles on our outstanding Tri Deltas.
  • Over 200,000 initiates making it one of the largest NPC sororities


The Purpose of Delta Delta Delta was written by Sarah Ida Shaw, one of the founders.

The PURPOSE OF DELTA DELTA DELTA shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life, and to assist its members in every possible way.

IT SHALL ALSO BE THE PURPOSE OF DELTA DELTA DELTA to promote and develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Fraternity and the colleges and universities where the Fraternity has established chapters, to develop qualities of unselfish leadership among its members, and to encourage them to assume, with integrity and devotion to moral and democratic principles, the highest responsibilities of college women.

Traditions and Legacy

  • Tri Delta's colors are silver, gold and cerulean blue. Green is also significant for Tri Delta as it represents the union of the three colors.
  • Each newly inducted member receives a hand made gold badge with three deltas painted on a crescent moon. Above this are three stars; each holds a small pearl inside. A trident stick pin is given with the badge when the new member is initiated, but is not required to be worn with the badge at all times. Tri Delta badges were not uniform in design when the fraternity was founded, and the trident is not always present. Early badges were often different sizes with different precious stones placed into the stars.
  • Tri Delta began regular publication of its quarterly magazine earlier in its existence than any other women's fraternity. The Trident has been published continuously since 1891.


New Member Pin

In the early 1970s, a national survey established that Tri Delta chapters were interested in "children", "hospitals" and "cancer". At the 1974 Tri Delta Convention, it was decided to combine the 3 and support Children's Cancer Charities as the designated Philanthropy.

Many chapters would observe "Sleighbell Day" on the first Tuesday of December. Sleighbell Day followed in the tradition of the Sleighbell Luncheon, which was first held in the 1940s by 13 Southern California chapters to benefit a doctor researching blood diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

In 1999, Tri Delta joined with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to form a national partnership. With this arrangement St. Jude (through the fundraising branch, ALSAC) assists Tri Delta chapters to plan philanthropy events that will directly benefit the children and subsidize research costs at St. Jude.

In 2002, Tri Deltas across the nation committed to raising 1 million dollars in four years to build a Teen Room at the Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2005 Tri Delta fulfilled the million dollar commitment.

In July 2006, Tri Delta made a commitment to support St. Jude through a "10 in 10" campaign. This campaign is focused on raising $10 million in 10 years, to build a new floor that will focus on patient treatment and brain tumor research. As of the July 2009, they have raised over $8 million of their 10 million dollar goal.

Tri Deltas are committed to helping St. Jude in every way possible. To date, Tri Delta has raised $9.1 million for St. Jude. The month of March has now also been designated as St. Jude / Tri Delta month.

In addition to the national partnership, Tri Delta also continues to raise money annually to support various local Children's Cancer Charities, including the long-running Sleighbell Luncheon.

Notable members

Reflections: Body Image Program

Reflections: Body Image Program began at Trinity University when Dr. Carolyn Becker and an undergraduate student conducted a small study investigating a cognitive dissonance-based eating disorders prevention program with the local sororities on campus. [8]

Dr. Becker and Delta Delta Delta Fraternity formally partnered in 2005 to expand the program’s reach. After piloting Reflections in twelve chapters over the next three years, Tri Delta moved to implement the program on college campuses nationwide. Tri Delta collaborated with Oxford University Press and Drs. Becker and Stice to create the first published version of the program for wider dissemination.

As part of Reflections Tri Delta launched the first Fat Talk Free Week in 2008. Fat Talk Free Week is a five-day public awareness effort sponsored by Tri Delta, The Center for Living, Learning and Leading, and many other generous partners. The campaign was intended to draw attention to the damaging impact of fat talk and the “thin ideal” on today’s women. [9]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af "Distinguished Deltas Directory". Delta Delta Delta. Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  3. ^ 1972 SMU Rotunda, p. 262
  4. ^ 1973 SMU Rotunda, p. 216
  5. ^ 1974 SMU Rotunda, p. 87
  6. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip (February 1997). "Vanity Farrah". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Melissa Witek -About Me". Melissa Witek Online. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
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