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Zeta Phi Chapter at Cambridge

 

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Since its founding in 1873, in Oxford, Mississippi, Delta Gamma has become an international fraternity, with chapters throughout the United States and Canada, built upon our founders’ watchword, Hope. The letters “Delta” and “Gamma” were chosen in 1873 to represent the phrase, “Do Good,” which remains our motto today. With 150 collegiate chapters across North America and over 245,000 initiated members, the DG network is far-reaching and deeply supportive. As outlined in our constitution, the primary purpose of Delta Gamma is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and develop the finest qualities of character.  

Delta Gamma Zeta Phi has focused on these goals for over 20 years, since our founding in 1994.  We were the second sorority on campus, but the first sorority to have our own space (just across from Berryline, prime real estate!). In 2013, at our National Convention, we were awarded Outstanding House Corp for a non-residential sorority house in addition to the Patricia Peterson Danielson Award, which goes to chapters who meet high standards of excellence, and we had the highest cumulative GPA of any Delta Gamma chapter! Well done, Zeta Phi! 

In our highly competitive university full of exceedingly talented women, it has been my experience that Cambridge DGs embody all the best qualities and talents of our campus. Our chapter includes UC elected representatives, CityStep and PBHA Directors, varsity athletes, talented musicians, amazing dancers, published cancer researchers, Phi Beta Kappa scholars, past (and future, congrats girls!) employees at BCG, Bain, McKinsey, Goldman, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and more. Our alumnae are partners in top consulting and law firms, students in the most prestigious graduate programs, Hoopes prizewinners, Fulbright fellowship holders, and teachers with TFA and CityYear. No matter where you go, or want to go, there’s a DG who can help. Even more importantly, Cambridge DGs are some of the kindest, most genuine, and most caring women on campus, always willing to go out of their way to help a sister in need - or just to listen when you need to talk!

Delta Gamma’s motto, Do Good, is something that we take to heart —nationally, we were the first women’s fraternity to have a foundation, supporting Service for Sight. Service for Sight has the dual purpose of stopping blindness before it starts, as well as improving the quality of life for those who are blind and visually impaired. Service for Sight has granted millions of dollars to programs ranging from genetic research to providing adaptive devices to guide dogs to Braille and audio services, as well as hundreds of other life-enhancing programs. Service for Sight also supports the four schools founded by Delta Gammas for the blind and visually impaired. Further, in the past few years the Foundation has created two new partnership programs, “Joining Forces,” to aid service members in all branches of the military who receive injuries resulting in vision loss, and the Golden Anchor program, which seeks to bring joy and companionship to senior citizens, especially Delta Gammas.

 Our chapter supports the Foundation’s mission through volunteering, fundraising, and raising awareness. We host an “AnchorGames” fundraising event each fall, as well as participating in Boston VisionWalk to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Zeta Phi was recently recognized for our 10th year of participation in VisionWalk, since the founding of the Boston event. In recent years we’ve also hosted AnchorSlam, a 3v3 basketball tournament fundraiser. We have a strong relationship with Perkins School for the Blind, the school that Helen Keller attended, as well as Carroll Center for the Blind, where we host rec nights and other events. We also have an annual Milk and Cookies fundraiser, which results in hours of baking with sisters and tons of happy Cambridge students getting homemade cookies delivered directly to the dorms! We also have many members who have served as sighted guides for blind runners in the Boston area and many other sisters who run marathons, half-marathons, and other races to support Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI), with which we have a strong relationship. We also volunteer annually at the Boston Marathon to support MABVI’s team, “Team with a Vision,” which often includes DGs! Through these events and more, Delta Gammas are always doing good for the blind and visually impaired community, as well as looking for more ways to help!

My absolute favorite part of being a Delta Gamma is the sisterhood. Whether it’s studying in the DG space - the “Cove,” going to Newbury Street for Sunday brunch, group VIP seating at Eleganza, supporting each other at our athletic competitions and performances, or partying at our formals and date events, the DG social calendar is always full of opportunities to spend time with sisters. In Delta Gamma I have made some of my best friends, my future bridesmaids, women who will be there for me not just through the often stressful craziness that is college, but through life. These bonds will and do reach beyond the ivy gates of our school—alums across the country, not just from our chapter but all chapters, are an amazing resource in finding jobs, moving to new cities, and navigating anything that life throws our way.

More than anything, I am so impressed with and grateful for my sisters. I have never known so many beautiful, talented women to so consistently inspire me, challenge me, lift me up when I’m down, and make me smile. I could not be more honored to represent this amazing chapter as president, and I cannot wait to see what the coming year holds. 

Margaret Wilson

President, Delta Gamma Zeta Phi

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