In January of 2003, a group of friends gathered in Apt 1031 to discuss the establishment of an Asian American fraternity on campus. Having a passion for UF’s Asian American community, the group evaluated what benefits a fraternity would bring to their campus. They addressed problems associated with the stereotypical Greek community as potential downfalls to their efforts. Collectively, the young men did not want to start an organization that would negatively impact the existing Asian American community.After much deliberation, the men agreed to only establish a Fraternity if it would be a beneficial asset to the Asian American community; rather than just a social organization. In February of 2003, the group officially announced the creation of their organization by holding the first general body meeting. They called the organization the Asian American Greek Interest Group (AAGIG) with the intent of establishing a fraternity. An article about the meeting was published in the Independent Florida Alligator here.

Despite the initial enthusiasm the group had for their organization, they were met with some opposition. Members of the Asian American community felt that Greeks would be detrimental to UF. Believing in stereotypes of Greeks, these members argued that those in Greek organizations would not be active in other organizations, would have poor GPAs, and would spend their time drinking and partying.Despite the challenges, AAGIG continued forward, becoming active all across the UF campus. Members of AAGIG became leaders in different organizations and even broke barriers for Asian Americans at UF. Eventually, their membership would grow to over 20 individuals.After firmly establishing a reputable organization, the members began researching which Fraternity they would charter at UF. The members engaged in extensive research involving interest meetings and phone conversations. Over a year after their inception, AAGIG finally chose a Fraternity that mirrored their ideals and goals.

On November 13, 2004, 20 men chartered the UF Colony of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. With the assistance and guidance of two well respected charters in the Fraternity, Hubert “Optimus” Ho, a charter at The Ohio State University, and Tuong “Mongo” Phan, a charter at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Collectively, these men made history by establishing the First Asian American Cultural Fraternity at the University of Florida and the State of Florida. They were also the First chapter of Pi Delta Psi in the southeast. And, on April 5, 2006, the Fraternity was officially recognized by the University of Florida. An article about our recognition was published in the Independent Florida Alligator here.

Today, the UF Sigma Chapter of Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. maintains the original goals set forth on January of 2004. Having developed the bond of brotherhood, these men dedicate their lives to the four pillars: academic achievement, cultural awareness, righteousness, and friendship/loyalty. Moreover, they refuse to be categorized as the stereotypical Fraternity. Rather, these men have engaged themselves with UF’s Asian American community and UF’s campus as a whole.

 

Sigma Chapter
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Est. November 13, 2004