About

Our Founding Purposes

  • To develop dignified and purposeful, social, service, and recreational activities for progressive men, irrespective of sexual orientation.
  • To lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society.
  • To promote a strong and positive image, which respects the diversity of all individuals, irrespective of sexual orientation.

Chapter History

The Beta Nu Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity more usually referred to as Delta Lambda Phi or DLP, began its legacy back in December of 2004. A group of men consisting of 8 members came together and formed an interest group. These eight men gathered under a common theme and adopted a mission statement

Our mission in forming a new colony of Delta Lambda Phi at Missouri S&T includes but is certainly not limited to:

  1. Fostering a supportive and stimulating environment for gay and bisexual men on a conservative campus.
  2. Increasing awareness of the GLBT community.
  3. Combating ignorance and misconceptions.
  4. Creating bonds of lasting friendship amongst members.
  5. Being a positive force of change on the Missouri S&T campus.
  6. Striving to becoming better men in every way we possibly can.

Throughout the years that came this initial interest group became a colony and were allowed to induct a second and third class; the Beta and Gamma Classes consisting of three and one men, respectively. These men gathered weekly to discuss becoming chartered as a full fraternity and to discuss the tenants of the original mission statement; improving upon it as necessary to establish new traditions unique to the colony at Missouri S&T such as: Sugarloaf Teddy Bears and a colony verse, to Paint the Street in an attempt to make their presence known and all in all build and grow to understand what it meant to belong to a brotherhood.

Three years later on March 17, 2007 those men now different in age, numbers, and backgrounds were initiated into full brotherhood. They were finally able to begin adding to Delta Lambda Phi’s already rich legacy.

Chapter Purposes

  • To develop dignified and purposeful, social, service, and recreational activities for progressive men, irrespective of sexual orientation.
  • To lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society.
  • To promote a strong and positive image, which respects the diversity of all individuals, irrespective of sexual orientation.
  • To increase awareness and knowledge in the Greek Life System of Missouri S&T of the wide range of human sexuality, to help foster a more diverse and accepting environment on our campus.

National History

In Washington, DC, in October 1986, three elderly gentlemen established a trust to create a social fraternity that wouldn’t discriminate based on sexual orientation; the donors regretted such an alternative was unavailable to them during their formative years. As Trustee, Vernon L. Strickland, III, administered the founding of Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity, creating its crest, selecting its mascot and designing its rituals. In April 1987, Strickland initiated 24 men into the Fraternity’s Alpha Chapter – and Delta Lambda Phi was born.

Since then, Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men, has become one of the fastest growing fraternities with chapters from coast to coast.