In the Spring of 2000, Maves Ranola and Rizcion Dagani ambitiously worked to establish an Asian-American Interest Sorority on the campus of The Florida State University. They felt that FSU, with its growing Asian population, needed an organization that promoted scholarship, leadership, timeless sisterhood, community service and Asian Awareness.
The first step was to establish P. A.A.W.S.--An Asian-American Women's Organization. As P.A.A.W.S., this group of determined women, under the guidance of our beloved Momma Maves, set a foundation that promoted Asian awareness on campus and in the Tallahassee community. In the Fall of 2000, P.A.A.W.S. was recognized by the Multi-Cultural Council of Greek Organizations at the Florida State University.
On February 19 2001, eleven women --Rizcion Dagani, Diane Dossa, Ruby Estoy, Clarissa Ignacio, Chantal Lie, Gillian Lie, Diana Ngyuen, Cynthia Samar, Jessica Shultz, Victoria VanWycke, and Leslie Zabala-- became the Florida State University αΚΔΦ Charter Class. On April 21, 2001, FSU became the newest αΚΔΦ colony -- the 30th chapter of alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Inc. Each of the young women pledged to work hard to break stereotypes, build bonds with other Greek organizations, and to pass on the teachings and values of the sorority.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 1989, and recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. The fourteen founding mothers: Betty Chu, Karin Co, Susan Kim, Nancy Lee, Sherri Leung, Annie Loo, Belinda Ma, Anita Ng, Serene Ngin, Fannie Pon, Josie Sun, Daisy Wu, Jill Yoshimura, and Reina Yuan, dedicated themselves to establishing a strong and lasting organization, which would provide Asian American women the opportunity to participate in the Greek system. Soon after being recognized by the College Panhellenic Association, the founding sisters brought together a diverse group of women who shared with them the goals of sisterhood, scholarship, and leadership. These ideals were to later set the foundation for alpha Kappa Delta Phi's purpose.