Chi Delta Theta Sorority was established in 1989 at the University of California at Santa Barbara. It is an Asian-American sorority set up by founding mothers Joanne Yamaoka and Alison Suto-Stripling on October 13 of that year. In the past 27 years, Chi Delta Theta has expanded and includes now six chapters counting more than 100 active sister members across California.
Epsilon Chapter of Chi Delta Theta
Members of the Epsilon Chapter are ‘the sisters’ of Chi Delta Theta (ΧΔΘ) at the University of California at Davis. The ΧΔΘ sisterhood was set up in 1989 and now includes six chapters across the great state of California. It is their purpose to promote:
- Cultural awareness
- Social activities
- Community service
The sisters of the Chi Delta Theta sorority are striving to promote academics, sisterhood, cultural awareness, social activity, and community service in the lives of its sister members. Our goals are to educate and enhance the learning of Asian culture, to unite Asian clubs and organizations, to provide support networks for our sister members by developing a specific bond of sisterhood, commitment, and loyalty, and to encourage interaction between sororities and cultural fraternities. Several sisters achieved academic excellence after they took online instruction to earn their GED high school equivalency diploma when they arrived in the U.S. The fact that we are separated by sometimes long distances does stop us from continuing and strengthening our close sisterhood. Through Chi Delta Theta (ΧΔΘ), we find strength in sisterhood and love and friends for life.
The 6 ΧΔΘ Chapters
Alpha Chapter (University of California – Santa Barbara)
On October 13, 1989, Chi Delta Theta was officially founded at the University of California in Santa Barbara by Miss Joanne Yamaoka and Miss Alison Suto Stripling together with 17 other founding mothers, They formed the Alpha Chapter of Chi Delta Theta (ΧΔΘ), the very first Asian-American interest sorority group on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.
Beta Chapter (California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo)
On February 3, 1992, the second (Beta) Chapter of the Chi Delta Theta sorority was officially established by ten founding member sisters at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO). Just like with the UCSB chapter, the ΧΔΘ Beta Chapter was the first Asian-American sorority on the campus of Cal Poly SLO.
Gamma Chapter (Loyola Marymount University)
On February 1, 1997, three committed young women at Loyola Marymount University were initiated into the Chi Delta Theta sorority. Due to their dedication, hard work, and love for the sorority, they have become the Gamma Chapter of the Chi Delta Theta sorority.
Delta Chapter (California State University – Long Beach)
On October 3, 1997, thirteen distinguished ladies from the California State University in Long Beach were initiated into the ΧΔΘ sorority. Because they had demonstrated a continuing love for Chi Delta Theta and a direct and strong sense of determination, Cal State Long Beach on that day became the sorority’s Delta Chapter.
Epsilon Chapter (University of California – Davis)
On February 20, 1999, seven enthusiastic young women from the University of California in Davis, were initiated into the Chi Delta Theta sorority to become the Epsilon Chapter of ΧΔΘ. By founding this chapter, the Chi Delta Theta sorority finally was also represented in Northern California.
Zeta Chapter (University of California – Los Angeles)
On May 23, 2008, ten young ladies from the University of California in Los Angeles were initiated into the Chi Delta Theta sorority. Along with a commitment to the sisterhood and high spirits, they worked very hard to set up the Zeta Chapter of the Chi Delta Theta sorority.
What is ImaginAsian?
ImaginAsian is the annual Asian-American event of UCD Chi Delta Theta where all sorts of talent from the area is showcased. You can enjoy up-and-coming artists from all over the Bay and Sacramento area, and UCD students are also invited to perform. Some of the purposes of ImaginAsian is to highlight the wide variety of Asian-American performing arts talents and to contribute to the community through this philanthropy event.
What charity benefits?
Each year we choose a different charity organization, usually local, to donate our ImaginAsian proceeds to. In earlier years, we donated our proceeds to W.E.A.V.E. (Women Escaping A Violent Environment), which is providing services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in the Sacramento area, and to the Sacramento Emergency Housing Center. This year we will also cooperate with the online platform Covcell to promote online GED preparation for students who don’t have high school diploma but want to get there fast.
What sort of talents are showcased?
Every year, many local and regional talents are invited to perform at the ImaginAsian event. Everything is welcome, from various types of performing arts or magic shows to comedy or musical talents; there are lots to see and enjoy.
What do I need to do to perform at ImaginAsian?
All you need to do is get in touch with the sorority’s Cultural Chair. You then will receive information how to register to perform in the annual ImaginAsian event. And if there is a particular parson that you’d to see or hear perform, don’t hesitate and just tell us all about it. The ImaginAsian organization is continuously looking for good and fresh talent!