The Trident - Parent Edition

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OUR PURPOSE The Purpose of Delta Delta Delta shall be to establish a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, to develop a stronger and more womanly character, to broaden the moral and intellectual life, and to assist its members in every possible way. It shall also be the Purpose of Delta Delta Delta to promote and develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Fraternity and the colleges and universities where the Fraternity has established chapters, to develop qualities of unselfish leadership among its members, and to encourage them to assume, with integrity and devotion to moral and democratic principles, the highest responsibilities of college women.

Dear Parents and Family, It is both my privilege and pleasure to welcome you and your student to Tri Delta! While I know that this academic year will look different in the wake of COVID-19, Tri Delta is committed to providing a meaningful, memorable and—most importantly—safe experience for our members. Over the last few months, we’ve adjusted much of our membership experience to today’s environment to meet our members where they are—from taking our programming and ceremonies virtual, to providing the necessary resources and support to tackle today’s unique challenges. Even now, the Tri Delta experience remains as relevant to today’s college student as ever before. Tri Delta was founded by women for women at Boston University in 1888, when our Founders created a new organization that would “be kind alike to all, and think more of a woman’s inner self and character than her personal appearance.” It was a society in which three ideals—truth, selfsacrifice and friendship—were authentically woven into the fabric of our sisterhood. Fast-forward 132 years, and Tri Delta is... An assembly of women with shared values where you can be yourself and belong to something bigger. We are brave, bold and kind. We are passionate about serving others, committed to becoming the best version of ourselves and dedicated to helping women live, learn and lead—with Purpose—for a lifetime. By the numbers, Tri Delta is a dynamic force of nearly 18,000 collegiate members in 141 chapters across North America, and more than 222,000 alumnae across the world—a powerful network of sisters and friends. We’re thrilled your student has joined us. In this publication, you’ll find information designed to introduce you to the Tri Delta member experience, from the first year through college graduation, and beyond—and share the changes we’ve made to ensure our members are able to connect and engage even while social distancing. As your student begins their Tri Delta experience, please know they’ve been welcomed with much “Delta Love,” and with our promise to help them live, learn and lead—with Purpose—for a lifetime. Kindest regards,

Megan Shaw James, Millsaps Tri Delta Fraternity President

First-Year Experience


In Tri Delta, Alpha Week is the 12 days directly following Bid Day. At the end of these 12 days, the Presentation of Sponsors Ceremony will take place. Alpha Week consists of various chapter events designed to introduce your student to chapter life activities and allow them to begin creating connections with initiated members. This week is about building sisterhood, whether in person or virtually.

Following Bid Day, your student will participate in Tri Delta’s New Member Education Program, designed to build a strong foundation for new members as they begin their lifelong journey in Tri Delta. The program focuses on Tri Delta’s values, virtues and principles that all members should aspire to in their daily lives, including kindness, friendship, personal responsibility and unselfish leadership. The program also offers opportunities for new members to develop a sense of belonging, create meaningful friendships and connect to Tri Delta, no matter what their campus structure looks like this year.


Tri Delta demonstrates a strong commitment to campus safety through member education, including our Not Anymore Program. This online training program features modules on consent, sexual assault, dating violence, bystander behavior and healthy relationships.


As a new member, your student will be paired with a sponsor—an initiated chapter member—who will mentor, guide and teach them about membership in Tri Delta. The sponsor is there to advise, support, develop, listen and contribute to their journey through Tri Delta membership. Some organizations refer to this person as a “big sister,” or “big,” but Tri Delta uses the term sponsor to indicate the significance of this role.

Delta Week is the week leading up to the Initiation ceremony for a new member class. This week is designed to gather the new member class together to celebrate the end of their new member program and the beginning of lifelong membership while focusing on the ideals and Rituals of Tri Delta.



Bid Day was the first step in lifelong membership for your student, as they were welcomed with open arms by the women they will now call sisters! Bid Day is a time for chapters to celebrate new members by engaging in fun activities to begin building relationships and a sense of belonging.

At the conclusion of the New Member Education Program, your Tri Delta will go through Initiation, which includes two degrees: Trident Degree and Stars and Crescent Degree. The Trident Degree focuses on the individual development of each member provided through the collegiate years, while the Stars and Crescent Degree reveals how the individual development is dependent upon relationships. Both ceremonies were carefully crafted and worded to welcome new members into lifetime membership in Tri Delta. This year, Tri Delta is also offering a virtual option for Initiation.

Collegiate Member Experience LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Tri Delta member experience provides your Tri Delta with opportunities to develop qualities of unselfish leadership – whether serving their chapter as an officer, leading a committee or mentoring new members as a Small Group Leader or Sponsor. These experiences will help prepare them for life after college.



Tri Delta and its members have focused our philanthropic efforts on changing the way the world treats and defeats childhood cancer for more than 70 years. In 1999, Tri Delta established a national partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and our collegiate members play the largest role in fundraising for St. Jude. Your Tri Delta will have the opportunity to help organize and participate in virtual fundraising and philanthropy events.

In today’s society, it’s a challenging time to be a woman. As a result of trying to achieve this unattainable ideal, self-esteem, optimal body image, health, relationships and confidence all suffer. The BodyImage3D Program is offered to all second-year members, and this year, Tri Delta is launching the program virtually to address the current needs of our collegiate women. The modified curriculum provides a virtual space for women to connect and engage in authentic dialogues about the current climate and its impact on body, mind and spirit.

Life After College LEADDDER.ORG is Tri Delta’s online platform that offers dynamic learning and development opportunities, including on-demand, selfpaced training for collegiate chapter officers and volunteers, and exclusive personal and professional leadership content for all members. Through, your Tri Delta will have access to training that will help them develop new skills and grow as a leader and woman.


As an upperclassman, your Tri Delta will have the chance to participate in our Life After College Series, designed to launch our members from college to career by providing tools and resources to confidently navigate this exciting, but often stressful, transition. The series has three major components: • On-demand Professional Development • AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop • Career Connections and Informational Interviews through CONNECTDDD, Tri Delta’s virtual networking platform As your Tri Delta begins their career, they will have access to a network of dynamic and accomplished sisters who will support them through every stage and phase of life.


Tri Delta has 240 alumnae chapters worldwide. Alumnae chapter membership offers the opportunity to build friendships, serve unselfishly and continue to grow. Tri Delta alumnae have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in philanthropic and community service projects, and assist Tri Delta’s collegiate chapters – all while receiving the benefits of lifelong growth and friendship.

BEHIND HAPPY FACES Facing the Mental Health Crisis

Mental health has quickly become one of the most critical challenges faces college students, especially with the impact of COVID-19. Our mental health initiative, Behind Happy Faces, is offered to all collegiate members to tackle these issues head on.



Designed to change the conversation around mental health and mental illness, Behind Happy Faces uses educational videos and engaging peer-led discussions.

Introduce a new perspective that emphasizes the need to take care of our mental health, much like our physical health

Reframe the conversation around mental illness








Since 2009, the number of college students diagnosed or treated for a mental health disorder has increased significantly.



of college students report that COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health.

Teach members how to approach a friend or sister who is struggling with their mental health

Provide members with the tools and resources to refer a friend to a mental health professional

Reduce the stigma around seeking help for mental health challenges

Increase problem-solving skills and ability to seek social support

Behind Happy Faces

I in 5 college students

say their mental health has significantly worsened since COVID-19.

provides our members a space to engage in self-reflection, interactive activities and important discussions on mental health related topics. This program is just one of the many ways Tri Delta ensures its members receive the support they need to become the best version of themselves. Â

Assisting Our Members in Every Possible Way The changing higher education landscape, rising cost of college and the challenges women face throughout their lifetimes are major concerns for Tri Delta, as it relates to our ability to “assist our members in every possible way.” As our philanthropic arm, Tri Delta’s Foundation invests in women by providing transformational programs, scholarships and emergency financial support to empower our members for a lifetime. Your Tri Delta will have access to the following forms of support throughout their lifetime membership: Emergency financial assistance provided to collegiate and alumnae Tri Deltas facing unforeseen circumstances. Click here to learn how we supported our sisters affected by COVID-19.

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships awarded to more than 150 members each year. Click here to learn more about how we support our members’ educational journeys.

Transformational programs designed to help members tackle the challenges faced by today’s college student. Click here to learn more about our mental health program, Behind Happy Faces.

Sharing the Experience Membership Fees

Membership Expectations Your Tri Delta will be required to meet and exceed certain expectations outlined in our Obligations of Membership. These expectations are set forth by their chapter and include personal, academic, financial and housing requirements (including our safety requirements related to COVID-19) to be met over the course of their collegiate membership. As part of our membership expectations, Tri Delta has a zero tolerance policy for hazing. As a new member, your Tri Delta will be asked to review and sign the Obligations of Membership, as well as the Statement of Financial Obligations prior to being able to participate in chapter activities. If your Tri Delta is under the age of 18, an additional parent/guardian signature will be required. These documents effectively serve as the contract of membership and financial commitment between your Tri Delta, their chapter and the national organization.

Each year, member fees, including chapter dues and housing and dining fees, are set at the local chapter level. Every Tri Delta new member incurs the following Fraternity expenses: New member fee $48 Initiation fee


Badge fee


Fraternity dues $210.50 and fees

How You Can Support Your Tri Delta’s Experience As a parent and family member, you can help your Tri Delta get the most out of their experience. College is a time for self-discovery, and in Tri Delta we provide a place for them to belong, as they become the best versions of themselves. Tri Delta and our host institutions offer abundant opportunities for meaningful experiences, inside and outside of the classroom. It may seem overwhelming to them to balance all of these priorities. Talk with them about how they can best create balance by making healthy and thoughtful choices. Check in and ask questions about Tri Delta, using the firstyear experience section to help guide your conversation.

Tri Psi Mothers’ Sorority For 105 years, Tri Delta has been the only sorority to have a Greek letter sorority for their mothers. Our mothers’ organization, Tri Psi, consists of dedicated mothers that come together each year to support their Tri Delta daughters and assist our members in every possible way. Tri Psi awards $1,000 undergraduate scholarships to selected members entering their junior year as well as $5,000 low interest rate loans to Tri Delta members receiving or pursuing graduate degrees. To learn more about Tri Psi, visit