Home to over 200 active collegian members, Epsilon Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is made up of leading women who strive for academic excellence and devote themselves to philanthropy and service. As the first Greek-letter fraternity known among women, Kappa Alpha Theta was founded with the intention of providing a sisterhood for women who wanted to achieve their highest aspirations. At Columbia Theta, our members aspire to do that each day. We are all so proud to be Thetas, and we hope you enjoy learning about the chapter we call HΘME!
Theta love and ours,
The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta
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Bettie Locke, our founder, established the first chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta in 1870. Bettie was one of the first women to enroll at Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University) in 1867, a time when women were not readily welcomed into higher education. Bettie sought an organization that could offer friendship and support during her college years. After being declined membership into existing Greek fraternities, she decided to create one herself.
Bettie, alongside her friend Alice Allen, designed a badge, developed a constitution and bylaws, and identified women of outstanding character determined to excel academically as potential members of the fraternity. The two women invited Hannah Fitch and Bettie Tipton to join them, and together they held the first official meeting of Kappa Alpha Theta on January 27, 1870.
The fraternity quickly grew, and soon there were chapters across the country. It also became the first fraternity among women to establish a chapter in Canada. There are currently over 130 college chapters within the U.S. and Canada, and new chapters continue to be established.
The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter was installed at Columbia University in New York City in 1986. Columbia, founded as King's College in 1754, is the fifth oldest college in the United States. Theta founded a chapter at Columbia's sister college, Barnard, in 1897, but withdrew 15 years later. The Fraternity now resides at Columbia University and welcomes members from all four undergraduate colleges.
Being a Theta means many things. Our national philanthropy is Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.), an agency providing trained volunteers to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in the court system. We devote our time to supporting our philanthropy as well as other philanthropic organizations around New York City. Of course, being a part of Theta is also having fun. We place an emphasis on sisterhood activities within the chapter, such as movie nights, chapter dinners and trips around New York City to promote unity among our diverse and active membership.