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Alpha Phi International

Alpha Phi International Fraternity is more than just a Greek organization—it’s a community of empowered women supporting one another for a lifetime. Our sisterhood stretches across the United States and Canada with 173 collegiate chapters and a global network of high-achieving alumnae. When you join Alpha Phi, you’re welcomed by a community of more than 250,000 members committed to lifelong friendships, leadership, academic excellence, personal growth, and community involvement. Alpha Phi is always working to improve and grow. Continue reading to learn more about our history but also about our future. Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement.

"The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members.

In all that we do, we try to obey God’s principles of justice and right. We have banded ourselves together to improve our minds and hearts, and we seek to aid each other through a constant watchcare always given in love.

We believe ourselves to be sincere searchers for truth.

We seek the highest ideal of womanhood, and we try to gain this ideal by cultivating not only the power and passion for seeking intellectual development but, also, the spirit of love and charity. And we who are thus united are under a solemn pledge to lend a helping hand to one another

‐ Constitution of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Incorporated, Article II"

Our Symbols

Symbol: Ivy Leaf

Colors: Silver & Bordeaux

Constellation: Ursa Major

Flowers: Lily of the Valley & Forget-Me-Not

Milestones as an Organization

Important Milestones Listed Below,and our official timeline can be found here:

  • 1875: invited Frances E. Willard(a women's suffrage leader) to become the first alumna initiate.

  • 1886: became the first women's fraternity in America to build and occupy its own chapter house.

  • 1888: established the Alpha Phi Quarterly,an award-winning magazine that has been published continuously to the present day.

  • 1894: became the first women's fraternity to use"traveling delegates,"now

  • known as Educational Leadership Consultants.

  • 1902: called the inter-sorority meeting that resulted in the formation of the association now known as the National Panhellenic Conference, which then included Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, and Delta Delta Delta. This was the first intergroup organization on college campuses.

  • 1905: had a member, Frances E.Willard, recognized by the U.S.Congress who placed a statue of her in Statuary Hall in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to be so recognized. The pose is typical of her, standing at a lectern with a manuscript in her hand.

  • 1906: became an "International" fraternity when the Xi chapter was chartered at the University of Toronto.

  • 1922: on the 50th anniversary accumulated a $50,000 endowment fund.

  • 1940: had a member, Frances E.Willard, portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp.

  • 1964: made 100 commemorative gavels from cherry and birch stair railing of the first sorority house and presented them to the collegiate chapters, with the wish that they might serve as a "continuing reminder of Alpha Phi ideals which have stayed so constant over the past years."

  • 1986: introduced RESPOND: A Forum for Supportive Action, an anti-victimization education program dealing with alcohol abuse, acquaintance rape, eating disorders, suicide, hazing, and harassment.

  • 1988: introduced risk management education to collegians.

  • 1990: introduced a peer education program for AIDS education.

  • 1995: became the first NPC inter/national member to have a site on the World Wide Web.

  • 2002: invented the RPC Alternative Method for Release Figures Management, now used for Panhellenic recruitment nationwide.

  • 2004: The Alpha Phi Foundation developed its own Red Dress pin as a symbol of heart health for women everywhere.

  • 2006:became the first women's fraternity to develop a values-based leadership institute for emerging leaders based on women's developmental leadership theories.

  • 2008: joined social media revolution. Became the first NPC member to produce an educational podcast.

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