The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine - Spring 2022

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Phi Gamma Delta's Strategic Plan 2030 | Honoring Our Values Research Proves Fraternities: Foster Positive Mental Health

• Members report higher levels of positive mental health and less depression or anxiety than unaffiliated members • Nearly 80% report excellent to good mental health & wellbeing

Are an Accelerator for Success

• 83% of members are more confident in their leadership skills because of their membership • Fraternity alumni find jobs more quickly after graduation

Create Lifelong Connections with the Campus/Community

• 78% of members feel a strong connection to campus and more satisfied with their experience • Members spend significantly more time volunteering, and they feel like they belong in their communities


hi Gamma Delta has a deep, rich history that is replete with worthy traditions. But it has not existed unchanged over its 174-year history. Instead of remaining stagnant, our fraternity has thrived by continuously evolving and adapting to the challenges it has faced throughout its history. Our advantage today is that we have never been better equipped to understand the importance of fraternity and the positive impact the fraternity experience has on a man during his college years and throughout his life. From Gallup – the leader in research and analysis – to university faculty members, researchers have worked with fraternities to conduct studies which help guide advocacy efforts and enable fraternities to make data-driven decisions to meet the needs of today’s students. Studies over the past three years have shown that fraternities are an accelerator for success in college and beyond and create lifelong connection to the campus, community and friends, and that fraternity members experience stronger mental health than their unaffiliated peers (shown left). Today, this positive impact is overshadowed by a narrative that depicts fraternities as out of control. While most of our members embody our stated values, our reputation is unduly influenced by the harmful behavior of a few members. We must change the negative fraternity stereotype by eliminating these harmful behaviors. Phi Gamma Delta is built to respond with Courageous Leadership, and we are currently facing one of our most challenging Testing Points. Will we be the active, vital force for change that our founders envisioned? Or will we shrink from the challenge, cling stubbornly to practices that no longer serve us well, and wait for change to be forced upon us? In response to this challenge, the Archons recently adopted four strategic objectives to position Phi Gamma Delta to thrive in the future. These objectives will energize our mission to “unite men in enduring friendships, stimulate the pursuit of knowledge, and build courageous leaders who serve the world with the best that is in them.”

Impactful Moments, Changes & Threats Throughout Phi Gamma Delta's 174-Year History 1861


Phi Gamma Delta's Founding





American Civil War begins (ends 1865)



Section Chief role established