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Chapter History

Chapter History

You have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. Kappa holds a special place in its heart for Fraternity history, but every chapter of our organization has unique beginnings of its own. Each plays a part in shaping us today. Read more about our chapters’ histories at Kappapedia.

In 2003, Kappa Kappa Gamma proudly announced the colonization of its soon-to-be 131st chapter to be installed at Harvard University. The colonization process began in October of that year with the recruitment of charter members and culminated with the formal installation of Eta Theta chapter in November. Kappa complemented two existing women’s fraternities on campus at that time: Kappa Alpha Theta and Delta Gamma.

Kappa was chosen because of its strong national reputation and resources. It also had a large number of successful chapters nationwide and that was a factor in Harvard Panhellenic Council's decision. On November 15, 2003, 38 Harvard University women were initiated as members of Eta Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. The chapter was guided by Janice (Jan) Franklin Larson, Akron, Coordinator of Chapter Development, and Felicity Meu, UC Berkeley, Traveling Consultant.

As a relatively new chapter, the members had to funnel significant efforts into publicizing the chapter and establishing Kappa as an important organization on campus, without university recognition. But faced with such a daunting challenge, the sisters remained strong and found likeminded Harvard women to join them. By 2005, Kappa Kappa Gamma was a well-respected sorority on campus. As time went by, members solidified traditions in the form of social and sisterhood events. These helped the new members bond with the older members, further enhancing chapter unity. Initiation continued to be truly a special event, and the chapter welcomed one of its largest pledge classes in 2008.

In 2010, with assistance from the House Board, Eta Theta chapter procured a space of its own near campus for sisters to study, hang out, bake, and relax. This helped accommodate for the lack of support form the college itself and provided a central meeting place for all sisters, regardless of the diverse range of activities each was involved in. 

Membership has continued to grow through to the present. Kappa Kappa Gamma has a large presence on campus, whether through philanthropy events or regular gear days where sisters are encouraged to proudly wear their letters. With each year, our Chapter Council becomes increasingly cohesive and committed to the posterity of our chapter, and we look forward to what the future holds.