Created in 1870 on the campus of Indiana Asbury College (now Depaw University), Kappa Alpha Theta was the first Greek-letter fraternity established for women. Our founding member, Bettie Locke, was looking for an organization that provided friendship and support. Not finding one on her campus, she created her own- ΚΑΘ.

The Alpha Beta chapter of the fraternity was established in 1891 on the campus of Swarthmore College. It was the first women’s fraternity on campus. Theta remained strong until the abolishment of all Swarthmore women’s fraternities in 1933.

Feeling the need for a women’s organization that provided academic support, friendship, and a dedication to community and service, our founders formed the group “Not Yet Sisters” in 2012. This group created the foundation for the reestablishment of the chapter in the Spring of 2013.

The Alpha Chapter is dedicated to nurturing each member throughout her college and alumnae experience and to offering a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life. We are unique in that we combine Swarthmore’s passion for social action and justice with the opportunities provided to us by Kappa Alpha Theta. These factors provide the opportunity to enact change on a global scale.

For more information, please contact Chief Marketing officer, Liz Casey ’14 at ecasey1@swarthmore.edu


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