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Kappa Delta builds confidence and inspires action.

A national organization for women, Kappa Delta inspires members to reach their full potential and prepares them for community service, active leadership and responsible citizenship. Founded in 1897, the sorority fosters time-honored values within the context of friendship.

250k

Members

164

Collegiate
Chapters

218

Alumnae
Chapters

Our Beliefs and Values

Kappa Delta is committed to inspiring each and every member to lead a values-based life and become a confident woman. The principles and ideals upon which our organization was founded are ingrained in everything we do as a sorority, and our members and chapter programs and initiatives reflect these values every day.

“Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.”

KAPPA DELTA OPEN MOTTO

Founded on friendship.

Kappa Delta was founded by four friends on Oct. 23, 1897, at State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Through the power of friendship, these young women created an organization that would last well over a century and impact the lives of thousands upon thousands of women. Scroll over the photos to learn more about the founders.

LENORA ASHMORE BLACKISTON

Lenora was unconventional. She was a dreamer and an idealist filled with enthusiasm for new ideas. Nicknamed "Nora," she was a writer and a poet, able to put her thoughts into action. She was the one who first suggested the idea of forming a sorority.

JULIA GARDINER TYLER WILSON

Julia was quiet and extremely intelligent. She came from a distinguished and respected family; her grandfather was John Tyler, former U.S. president, and her father was the president of the College of William and Mary. She was characterized as capable, dependable and possessing considerable artistic talent. She designed the Kappa Delta badge.

SARA TURNER WHITE

The daughter of a Virginia senator, Sara was gracious and friendly. She enjoyed social activities and was known as being a bit more straight-laced than most students. Sara remained steadfastly involved with Kappa Delta throughout her long life.

MARY SOMMERVILLE SPARKS HENDRICK

Mary was much loved and respected by all students at State Female Normal School. She was a Bible class leader and was known for her fine character and gentle understanding. Mary had concern for others, perhaps because, at 23, she was more mature than the younger students.

Our Values in Action

Kappa Deltas put their values into action by building confidence in others. From volunteering with Girl Scouts to raising funds to prevent child abuse, KD inspires action.

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