Gamma Upsilon

University of British Columbia


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

  1. In spring 1919, seven female students led the evolution of student government and ultimately founded Delta Phi, a local sorority. Its purpose was: “to bind together in friendship, a group of graduates and undergraduates of the university in a closer way than may be accomplished in the alumni association.”

  2. Delta Phi became Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma on May 11, 1929, after the long debate over the question of affiliation ended. The chapter was installed by Georgia Hayden Lloyd-Jones, Wisconsin, and Beta Pi Chapter, Washington. New members and Delta Phi alumnae were initiated together in an impressive ceremony.

Fun facts:

  1. During World War II, the girls took part in fundraising events for the Canadian Red Cross. Members of Gamma Upsilon made up 20% of the university’s Red Cross Corps.

  2. Until 1952, except for a brief period in the late 1920s when an unsuccessful attempt was made to maintain a house, members had been meeting in private homes.

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