A HISTORIC MULTICULTURAL FRATERNITY
The Delphic Fraternity, Inc., also known as Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau, is a multicultural fraternity dedicated to the values of brotherhood, leadership, academic excellence, community service, and multicultural awareness.
Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau is one of the oldest social fraternities in North America and is considered the 31st oldest social fraternity still in existence in the United States. The Delphic Fraternity was originally founded as the Delphic Society in 1871 at the Geneseo Normal School in upstate New York (today SUNY Geneseo), although the Delphic chapter at the Cortland Normal School in NY (today SUNY Cortland) can trace its history to the formation of the Young Men’s Debating Club in 1847. The original aim of the society was to “provide a means for more extended cultivation in thought and language, for social advancement, and promotion of good fellowship.” By the early 1920s, the fraternity’s aims had evolved “to create an interest in good literature, to strengthen moral character, and to promote social welfare through the true spirit of brotherhood.”
In 1987, the Zeta chapter at SUNY New Paltz was re-established as the Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau multicultural fraternity. It is the second fraternity in the nation to officially promote multicultural diversity within collegiate institutions and the first truly multicultural fraternity to be formed on the East Coast.
Today, our historic organization is represented by three active undergraduate chapters, two active graduate chapters, and two alumni chapters in four states. As our fraternity enters its third century of existence, we continue in our mission to promote multicultural awareness in our increasingly diverse nation. We hope you can join us in friendship, fellowship, and fidelity as we honorably pursue sustained dignity, equality, and unity amonGST all races and creeds.