New Delta Lambda Phi Colony Seeks To Refound Chapter at San Jose State

December 20, 2005

10 pledges inducted into refounding Nu class

San Jose, CA — Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity is pleased to announce the launch of a colony at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, following the fraternity’s recent approval of a local interest group petition. Ten pledges were inducted into the refounding class in an induction ceremony attended by brothers from many chapters, including Beta Kappa (University of San Francisco), Zeta (San Francisco Metro Area), Iota (Sacramento), and Xi (UC – Davis).

The new colony will be attempting to refound Delta Lambda Phi’s Omicron Chapter, once based at San Jose State. The designation of first class of the colony was assigned the greek letter Nu, which picks up where the colonists’ predecessors left off.

Chapter refoundings are not unprecedented in Delta Lambda Phi, and can be extremely successful. One of the largest active chapters, Alpha Beta, based at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, was refounded in 1998 and has existed about 4 times longer than the original chapter, which was also significantly smaller.

Now installed, the new colony has the power to rush new members, induct and educate pledges, as well as execute fundraising, service, social, and recreational activities for its members. Colony members are also permitted to attend regional conferences and national conventions. Essentially, a colony is an official chapter in training.

After fulfilling standard requirements, the colony will be able to petition the Board for chapter status. The entire process to go from colony to chapter typically takes from one to three years. During that period, the colony will receive counsel from official colony mentors and assigned national officers. These counselors are Brothers of either Active or Alumni standing from around the nation who have the experience and knowledge necessary to grow and operate a successful chapter. Members who fulfill all requirements will become Brothers once the colony becomes a chapter and receives its charter from the Board.

Founded in 1986, Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity is the nation’s oldest and largest social fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men. It is one of the country’s fastest-growing fraternities with chapters and colonies from coast to coast. With zero-tolerance hazing and discrimination policies, Delta Lambda Phi provides an atmosphere of dignified and purposeful social, service and recreational activities for its members. Delta Lambda Phi further provides its members with leadership, personal development and community service opportunities. Delta Lambda Phi maintains its national offices in Washington, D.C.