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Alpha Xi Delta (ΑΞΔ) was founded on April 17, 1893 by ten women at Lombard College, Galesburg, Illinoismarker, who shared a vision of an organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Alpha Xi Delta is one of the oldest women's fraternities as well as one of the ten founding fraternities of the National Panhellenic Conference. Alpha Xi Delta is pronounced Alpha Xi (Zee) Delta. This pronunciation is because Xi follows the vowel Alpha.The National Panhellenic Creed, which is still read aloud today at every NPC meeting across the country, was even written by an Alpha Xi Delta. Alpha Xi Delta maintains chapters at 113 institutions ranging from the University of Washingtonmarker to Florida International Universitymarker.

A national fraternity with more than 140,000 initiated members, the stated vision of Alpha Xi Delta is to "inspire women to realize their potential." The colors of Alpha Xi Delta are double blue (light and dark) and gold. The fraternity flower is the pink rose, as chosen by the Founders to complement the white rose of Sigma Nu fraternity whose brothers helped to found Alpha Xi Delta at Lombard. The general sorority mascot is the teddy bear, the official mascot is named BetXi Bear. Each initiated member wears the quill which represents their open motto "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword."Alpha Xi Delta is the only National Panhellenic sorority that uses Xi in its official name.


The ten founders were Cora Bollinger Block, Alice Bartlett Bruner, Bertha Cook Evans, Harriett Luella McCollum, Lucy W. Gilmer, Lewie Strong Taylor, Almira Lowry Cheney, Frances Elisabeth Cheney, Eliza Drake Curtis Everton, and Julia Maude Foster.


Alpha Xi Delta's national philanthropy is called Autism Speaks. The new philanthropy was announced on April 2, 2009. Alpha Xi Delta chapters and alumnae around the country are encouraged to find worthy philanthropy organizations nearby that embody the idea of helping children.

Notable alumnae


  1. Alpha Xi Delta pg. 143
  2. 1920 Baird's Manual pg. 430
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