Local chapter history
Our young chapter recently was chartered in the fall of 2017. Delta Sigma Phi National, conveniently headquartered out of Indy, came to Indiana State to recruit for our chapter in the Spring of 2014.
Since then, we have grown to 40+ men. Because of our age, there is still so much of the fraternity to be sculpted, which our brothers take great pride in doing.
Our national history
Delta Sigma Phi was founded December 10, 1899 at the City College of New York, New York. Their mission was to build a better man, this was shown through their motto of "Better Men. Better Life". Delta Sigma Phi has initiated up to 120,000+ members. There are 91 Active Undergraduate Chapters, 16 Active Undergraduate New Chapters, and 35 Alumni Association/Chapters. Our national symbol is The Sphinx while our flower is the white carnation.
Our mission & vision
Delta Sigma Phi Eta Upsilon strives to better our brothers as gentlemen, scholars and leaders. We aspire to create an inclusive brotherhood whose morals are atypical of a mainstream fraternity. Using our morals as the cornerstone of our success, we aim to not only better ourselves, but also set an example for all individuals that come after us. And with the growth of our chapter, we challenge ourselves not to be satisfied with praise for the quantity of brothers that we have, but for the quality of men in which we call our brothers.
- First fraternity to be founded on the basis of religious and ethnic acceptance. But that’s not the only time Delta Sigma Phi has paved the way for men and women across the nation.
- In 1925, Delta Sigma Phi published our first new member manual, The Gordian Knot--one of the first of its kind in the fraternity/sorority world. This showcased Delta Sig’s dedication to Building Better Men from day one of membership.
- In 1938, we became one of the first fraternities to banish “Hell Week” practices. To this day, the Fraternity remains committed to hazing prevention and maintaining a positive, safe environment. Hazing has no place in Delta Sigma Phi, and we continue to develop policies and resources to combat it.
- First fraternity to include in our governing documents statements on the respect for human dignity and a policy regarding acceptance of members with HIV/AIDS.
- In 1984, Delta Sig once again opened our doors to others when we started a chapter at California State University, Northridge, making us the first to provide a fraternity experience to deaf students. The university, home to the National Center on Deafness, is among the highest in granting degrees to underrepresented, minority students.
- In 1984, Delta Sig was the first fraternity to ban Little Sister organizations, recognizing the importance of women’s equality and the value of women’s groups as stand-alone organizations.
- In 2014, Delta Sig became the first North-American Inter-fraternity Conference member organization to have 100 percent of its staff donate to its foundation, demonstrating our commitment to hiring people passionate about Delta Sig educational opportunities.
- Delta Sig joined nine other fraternities and sororities in April 2015 to develop groundbreaking programming on sexual assault prevention. Together, with Aaron Boe, the founder of Prevention Culture, the program will equip collegians with the tools necessary to create safe and supportive chapter cultures. It covers topics including healthy standards for personal relationships, misconceptions about non-stranger sexual assault, intervention techniques for complicated social situations and ways to support a victim/survivor.
- In July 2015, we became the first fraternity to launch a comprehensive transition experience for graduating members and alumni, highlighting our dedication to lifelong membership and personal growth.
- In the Fall of 2017, the Delta Sigma Phi Eta Upsilon Chapter was recognized and chartered by Indiana State University.