Delta Lambda Phi
In Washington, DC, on October 15, 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 organization did not exist 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 – Delta Lambda Phi was born.
To develop dignified and purposeful social, service, and recreational activities for all men, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender expression.
The Founder of Delta Lambda Phi wished to create a place within the fraternal system for progressive men to have the same experience as other fraternity men, and not be singled out due to their sexual orientation. Since Delta Lambda Phi never condones hazing, all of our events seek to show to the community how Lambda Men are upstanding members of the community. Like all fraternities, we exist for social reasons, but we also seek to help those around us.
To lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society.
This principle goes hand in hand with making our presence known and being a friend to all. Sometimes we, as members of Delta Lambda Phi, must stand up for those around us who can’t speak for themselves. We may demonstrate this by ensuring everyone is treated equally and that no one is ever discriminated against for any reason. This may be done in a small or large way in the community or college campus through our service activities. This is truly one of the best ways to make our presence known and spread the name of Delta Lambda Phi.
To present a strong and positive image, which respects the diversity of all individuals.
Discrimination exists in many forms and as members of Delta Lambda Phi, we educate people about other cultures, ideologies, and principles. We promote positive images that combat stereotypes and diversity in our lives. A Lambda Man is never afraid to stand up for what is right or step outside his comfort zone.
Chartered in 2005, the Beta Zeta Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi has become a recognized Greek organization on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) campus. Within the past few years, we have managed to accomplished multiple awards from SIUE as well as our international organization. We welcome all men to rush our fraternity, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.
Our organization office is located in the Kimmel Leadership Center of the Morris University Center. For contact and mailing information, please see the Contact Us page.