Delta Delta Delta

Indiana University


The History of Our Chapter

The Delta Omicron Chapter was installed at Indiana University on March 3, 1917 by Edith Ruff, Grace Eichhorn, Mildred Nafe, and Merrill Wells. This was 4th Delta Delta Delta chapter established in Indiana and the 7th sorority established at Indiana University.

The History of Our Organization

Delta Delta Delta was founded in 1888 at Boston University. Their founders saw a need for a group that would be different from the others. Sarah Ida Shaw, with the help of her close friend Eleanor Dorcus Pond, set out to “found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think of a girl’s inner self character than of her person appearance.” Delta Delta Delta’s early history describes the growth of their Fraternity as women across the country shared in their vision for an organization based upon perpetual friendships. Since 1888, more than 200,000 women have joined their sisterhood and pledged to “steadfastly love one another.” Their organization gives these young women the opportunity to share friendship and support throughout their collegiate experience.

Our Symbols

The pearl is the jewel of Tri Delta. It was chosen to symbolize the new member because it is the one jewel that grows, developing from a tiny grain of sand into a thing of great value and beauty. Tri Delta's colors are silver, gold and cerulean blue. Green is also significant for Tri Delta as it represents the union of the three colors.


Tri Delta members gain access to a number of award and scholarship opportunities through the Fraternity, the Delta Delta Delta Foundation, Tri Psi - Tri Delta's mothers' sorority, The Center for Living, Learning & Leading and the National Panhellenic Conference. Collegiate awards such as the Sarah Ida Shaw Award, Eileen Blaine Rudolph Academic Award and the New Member Academic Award are selected once per year or semester, depending upon the award's requirements. Each award has unique qualifications that recognize the member for her achievements.