Gamma Chi

George Washington University


Historical facts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. On March 6, 1920, six girls, feeling that four women’s fraternities on campus did not adequately provide for the increasing number of female students, established a local organization called the Coalition Club and immediately wrote Kappa Kappa Gamma asking to be put on record as a petitioning group. Within a few months, the name was changed to Gamma Beta Pi in order to conform with Panhellenic rules.

  2. Gamma Chi Chapter, George Washington, and Gamma Psi Chapter, Maryland, were both installed on June 7, 1929, in the College Park house of local sorority Sigma Delta, which would be known as Gamma Psi thereafter. The two chapters were known as “the Heavenly Twins.”

  3. At the beginning of the 1960s, there existed a strong Greek presence on campus. However, by 1968, Gamma Chi was one of the only chapters left due to the explosion of the civil rights and peace movements. In 1970, a meeting was convened to discuss the future of Greek life at George Washington. Out of the seven sororities left, Kappa was the only one that still wanted to be recognized.

Fun facts:

  1. The chapter has recorded many “firsts” over the years. It claimed the first female president of a graduating class, the first recipient of a Ph.D. in psychology, and the first female editor of the student paper.

  2. Greek life on campus increased dramatically with the approach of the university's 175th anniversary in the 1990s. New social events included a toga party, a picnic in Great Falls, a moonlight cruise on the “Spirit of Washington,” and a tie mixer with Kappa Sigma where each sister had to find her date by figuring out whose tie she was wearing.

  3. Early in the decade, the university built Townhouse Row and members were thrilled to have a home at last.

George Washington University

Learn more about