alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1989, and recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. The fourteen founding sisters: Betty Chu, Karin Co, Susan Kim, Nancy Lee, Sherri Leung, Annie Loo, Belinda Ma, Anita Ng, Serene Ngin, Fannie Pon, Josie Sun, Daisy Wu, Jill Yoshimura, and Reina Yuan, dedicated themselves to establishing a strong and lasting organization, which would provide Asian-American women the opportunity to participate in the Greek system. Soon after being recognized by the College Panhellenic Association, the founding sisters brought together a diverse group of women who shared with them the goals of sisterhood, scholarship, and leadership. These ideals would later set the foundation for alpha Kappa Delta Phi's purpose.
The love and generosity that each member had for the organization was instrumental to the growth of alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s reputation as a sorority, as well as to the forging of unbreakable friendships. The sisterhood has since then spread to prominent university campuses across the country. To meet the needs of the growing sisterhood, the National Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established in May of 1993 at the National Convention in Santa Barbara, California.
It is the sincere wish of the founding sisters that alpha Kappa Delta Phi continue to promote Asian-Awareness in the community and leadership for women by providing each women with the resources, unique sisterly support and understanding to achieve her goals in life.
To continue the sisterhood after graduation, the National Alumnae Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established in the Fall of 2002 under the initiation of the National Board Alumnae Chair, Sophia Yen, UC Berkeley alumna. The 2002-2003 National Alumnae Board then set the foundation for the establishment of the National Alumnae Association.
In the Fall of 2013, a group of women founded IRIS Interest Group, which stands for Integrity, Respect, Individuality, and Strength. Hoping to cultivate an environment that allowed young women to strive and express themselves through leadership, self-growth, and community service; IRIS Interest Group aimed to bring diversity, the fostering of life skills, and support for the community through sisterhood.
Throughout their seven year journey, they continuously showed their support to the university campus and Orlando community. Each member, with love and determination, made their mark on the community by holding various leadership positions, participating in service events, and engaging in cultural events. Despite the obstacles they faced, it only strengthened their sisterhood - one that continues to thrive as we cherish the big and small memorable moments.
Thus, the beliefs and goals of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority Inc. inspired seventeen founding sisters: Minha Ansari, Dannielle Cuenca, Pia De Leon, Kealie Do, Dai Doan, Debra Gow, Subin Kim, Anna Le, Ellisa Ly, Salina Ngo, Madeline Nguyen, Sarahle Nguyen, Mailinh Pham, Alina Phan, Cynthia Phan, Francesca Ramos, and Nikki Vo to come together to promote sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, service, and Asian-American awareness at the university and in the community. In the Spring of 2020, with the endless support from the Alpha Alpha host chapter, the University of South Florida, and New Member Educator, Diemmy Nguyen, the lovely ladies of IRIS proudly became the 60th Chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc.