Kappa Alpha Theta was founded in 1870 as the first Greek-letter fraternity for women. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, our history is a true inspiration to its members. Bettie Locke was among the first female students to attend Indiana Asbury College, now known as DePauw University. Bettie turned to her brother, a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, to find social support while away from home. Her brother’s fraternity asked Bettie to be their mascot but was denied the rights to learning their secrets and being a true member of their organization. Upset at this notion, she declined her position as a mascot and sought a group for women. When she found a group of no such thing, she started her own. Joined by Alice Allen, Hannah Fitch, and Bettie Tipton, the four women developed the values and purpose of Kappa Alpha Theta that still stands strong today.
The aim is threefold—intellectually, the highest scholarship; socially, the widest influence for good; and the Moral Code is love.
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumnae experience and to offer a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life.
Scholarship, service, leadership, personal excellence, and friendship/sisterhood.
Our Open Motto
Faith, Hope, and Love
The kite-shaped badge
The black and gold pansy
Black and gold
Sasha Alexander, Laura Bush, Tory Burch, Lynne Cheney, Sheryl Crow, Melinda Gates, Amy Grant, Dylan Lauren, Kerri Strug, Kate Voegele
The official philanthropies of Kappa Alpha Theta are CASA–Court Appointed Special Advocates – Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation and the Friendship Fund. CASA is a national organization that provides volunteers for children going through the court system, whether from abuse, neglect, or foster care proceedings. A CASA volunteer, also known as a Guardian Ad Litem, serves as the eyes and ears for the judge, advocating for the child. The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation provides annual grants to National CASA, scholarships and leadership grants for collegians and alumnae and funding for educational programs for the Fraternity.
The Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta is the most recent chapter to join UNF. Established in April 2007, 87 women were initiated as the founding members of the chapter. Later that year, after Theta's first formal recruitment, 38 women joined the noble organization and helped to develop the chapter into what it is today. The chapter takes pride in focusing on one of the organization’s main values–scholarship. Kappa Alpha Theta supports their national philanthropy by hosting events on and off campus to raise money. The chapter is actively involved at UNF and in the Jacksonville community. Eta Omicron supports the community through the Angels For Allison Foundation, Relay for Life, MS Walk, Girls Inc., Daddy Daughter Dance and beach clean ups.
American Sign Language Club
Dance Marathon Overall Team
Fish and Wildlife Club
Jewish Student Union
Model United Nations
Pre-Law Student Society
Public Relations Student Society of America
Relay for Life
Sigma Alpha Lambda
Sigma Alpha Pi
Student Government Association Senators
Order of Omega