Purpose

Kappa Gamma Delta offers assistance to female college students in the pre-health process. Kappa Gamma Delta also encourages the development of leadership and communication skills, and provides support academically, socially, and emotionally while promoting individuality, unity, and diversity among sisters.


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History

The University of California at Berkeley is well known for being highly competitive: academically and socially. Several female students on campus felt the need for a support group that provided a positive working environment contributing to their academic success and better preparation for their future endeavors. Inspired by the sisters of Kappa Gamma Delta at the University of California at Davis, together we vowed to uphold the values of sisterhood and of "service to humanity."

Kappa Gamma Delta established itself as the first pre-health sorority at UC Davis in 1994. The sorority was formed with the intention to provide help and support for female college students through the pre-health process. It has also become a means for developing leadership and communication skills, while promoting individuality, unity, and diversity. In Spring 2002, Kappa Gamma Delta was established at UC Berkeley by 23 founding mothers.

Kappa Gamma Delta is foremost an academic sorority. A strong emphasis is placed on academic well-being of all its members by requiring weekly mandatory study hours and encouraging student-instructor interactions. We strive to keep members informed about the broad range of opportunities for women in the field of health, from social services to brain surgery.

Keeping true to our motto, we involve ourselves in community service projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Bay to Breakers, the March of Dimes, and Swim-A-Mile. Additionally, in our effort to take part in educating other pre-medical students in our campus community, Kappa Gamma Delta sponsors yearly events such as MCAT prep course panels and a spring "Health and Medicine Symposium."

While the sorority has expanded to include other pre-health students of all majors, its purpose has remained the same: service to each other and service to humanity.

Currently, other chapters of Kappa Gamma Delta exist at UC Davis (Alpha Chapter) and at UC Santa Cruz (Zeta Chapter). By convention, we may not use any of our sorority letters in our chapter name; hence, we are the Epsilon Chapter.


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What We Do

In addition to our annual spring symposium, we also have monthly professional development workshops for our sisters. During the Spring Semester of 2003, workshops included: "The Art of Networking," "Night Safety," and "Etiquette." Fall 2003 workshops included: "MCAT Prep," "Medical School Interviews," and "Writing Resumes." During the Fall Semester of 2002, we compiled over 30 holiday packages of books, toys, and toiletries to send to underprivileged children in Africa. Also in Spring 2003, Kappa Gamma Delta spearheaded the Yellow Ribbon Project on the UC Berkeley campus, in support of our troops. That same semester, we also helped coordinate the first ever American Cancer Society Relay for Life event on a college campus by raising over $500 towards cancer research and running as a team at the event.

Since "service to humanity" is our motto, we also have many long-term volunteer commitments with organizations such as the Children's Hospital of Oakland, Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo, UC Berkeley's Student Learning Center, Tzu-Chi Compassion Relief Medical Team, Long Life Medical Center in Berkeley, the Suitcase Clinic, Berkeley Free Clinic, and many more local community organizations. Annually we hold a Dodgeball Tournament to fundraise for charity such as the Women's Cancer Research Center (2003-04), Hurricane Katrina (2005), GLIDE (2006) and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2007). Each semester, we also hold a professor dinner for the sisters to establish better relations with UC Berkeley's faculty in a non-academic environment. Furthermore, we co-sponsor many events with the UC Berkeley Career Center and the Princeton Review, all of which offer benefits to our members. In the Fall of 2003, we also helped our brother fraternity, Sigma Mu Delta (SMD), establish itself on the UC Berkeley campus.

Kappa Gamma Delta is recognized by the Associated Students of the University of California and registered with UC Berkeley's Office of Student Life.