Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion web page provides updates on Kappa Alpha Theta's actions regarding our efforts on inclusion and diversity within our organization.
There are many organizations we can join as collegians and alumnae. But Theta isn’t like other organizations. Our members are different: we aren’t afraid to stand out, to make a difference together. We are women supporting women, and we inspire one another to be our best selves.
Kappa Alpha Theta nurtures each member throughout her lifetime, offering opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.
Leading every member to personal excellence through lifelong sisterhood.
Scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, and friendship/sisterhood.
As some of the earliest women to attend college, Kappa Alpha Theta’s founders fought for inclusion in a frequently hostile educational and social environment. Today, we strive to provide an inclusive environment throughout the membership experience. Our mission is to offer women lifelong opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.
We’ve been doing this since our founding in 1870, when women accounted for only .007 percent of college students. In establishing Kappa Alpha Theta, our founders created a women’s fraternity in which they could learn, grow, and be part of something larger than themselves.
In her later years, Bettie Locke Hamilton, one of our founders, wrote, “We realized somehow that we weren’t going to college just for ourselves, but for all the girls who would follow after us, if we could just win out.”
The Heritage Museum at Theta headquarters reflects sorority and fraternity history in the US and Canada as demonstrated by resources and artifacts from our archives. Visitors’ exploration begins with a timeline that shows how groups like Theta are created within the context of North American history.
Other exhibits illustrate how women’s groups like Theta aided the development of women in higher education and shaped members’ experiences on college campuses.
Examples of clothing from our archives reflect women’s changing experience over the years, while photos and documents show how philanthropic activities by Theta Foundation and individual collegians and alumnae have been a part of the Greek life experience.
The museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Heritage Museum is funded by a grant from Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.
A report by efficiency experts in 1938 led to a complete reorganization of the administration of Kappa Alpha Theta, including its central office. Miss Green stepped down from her position as executive secretary in 1939. Helen Sackett become the executive secretary, and Dorathea Jacobs joined her as bookkeeper. The central office was moved to Evanston, Illinois. Between 1939 and 1983, the Evanston office moved three times. Dorothy Vaaler served as executive secretary from 1960 to 1972, Rosemary Nilson from 1972 to 1974, Marge Beebe McAdams from 1974 to 1977, and Nancy Weese from 1977 to 1983.
As early as 1974, Grand Council discussed the possibility of the Fraternity having its own building. Discussion centered on Indianapolis as the possible location for such an office. In 1979, a committee and funds were dedicated to the process. In 1982, ground was broken for the new home, and it was dedicated in 1983. Since coming to Indianapolis, there have been two executive directors, Marcia Bond, 1983 to 1997 and Elizabeth Sierk Corridan, 1997-2015. Corridan was named chief executive officer in December 2015. Headquarters expanded into a second building, next door to the 8740 building, in 2015. Also in 2015, Theta headquarters expanded into a second building next door to the original 8740 facility.
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) was founded in 1902 as an umbrella organization for 26 national and international women's fraternities and sororities. Kappa Alpha Theta, along with Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, and Chi Omega, was a founding member group and is the only organization to have held the chairmanship of NPC three times.Learn More
We hope this website will be a valuable source of information to you as a higher-ed professional, not only about the Theta chapter on your campus, but also about the Fraternity as a whole.
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