On July 24th, 2005, eight determined young men from various backgrounds, religions and cultures came together for a vision. Their vision was to create a Brotherhood that would unite young men from all walks of life, serve the community, and give the South Asian population a voice was that was missing in their community. It was that vision that became the motivation to bring Delta Epsilon Psi to the University of South Florida. Since the establishment of Delta Epsilon Psi, the men of Theta Chapter have continued to use the Founding Father’s visions as their stepping stones to build a brotherhood of leaders. With the principles of Brotherhood, Discipline, and Commitment, the brothers of Theta Chapter have worked with determination and passion to create a fraternal organization that not only strives for growth in itself, but the personal growth of each brother and the community we are a part of.
Delta Epsilon Psi was a result of similar thoughts, ideals, and values between eighteen young South Asian men at the University of Texas at Austin. Although they came from different backgrounds and viewpoints, they shared the dream of the ideal South Asian fraternity as a means to promote South Asian culture and give it a unified voice. These men went on to become our Founding Fathers with an unyielding passion to make Delta Epsilon Psi a success. Starting from scratch, with no template or working model to guide them, the Founding Fathers embarked on a journey they hoped would unite and strengthen their community. Instilling brotherhood, discipline, and commitment into their future brothers was their vision.
On October 1st, 1998, Delta Epsilon Psi was founded by those 18 individuals determined to mold their fraternity into a prominent organization not only in their campus, but also throughout the nation. Their ideals and principles would allow Delta Epsilon Psi to expand beyond the confinements of a stereotypical fraternity. Since there was no paradigm to steer them in the proper direction, they alienated the concept of conventional Greek life and implemented a new sense of giving back to the community. Delta Epsilon Psi structured its Mission Statement to promote the key principles that it believed would be important to turn its brothers into strong leaders. We look to continue and strengthen these views with the addition of young men from various backgrounds, but with an identical vision. Delta Epsilon Psi was not created to separate a group from the whole, but rather to instill the ideas of a whole into a body of unified men. And to this day, though membership has increased exponentially, the feeling of unity prevails over separation simply because the bonds that the brothers share with each other are built with integrity and support. The beginning was a difficult obstacle course, mainly because there was no true template set for the success of young South Asian men on a University Campus.
Brushing off all doubters, cynics and skeptics, the Brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi showed that South Asian people can make a valuable and lasting impact on the community. Since the idea of fraternities held a negative connotation to the majority of college students, Delta Epsilon Psi made it their mission to change that perspective.
During its first year of existence, Delta Epsilon Psi developed many of its principles and traditions which have been carried on to the present. These traditions and principles have inspired others to take up the call and develop chapters of their own at different colleges and universities throughout the nation. The fact that expansion has resulted in chapters across the nation proves that there are individuals present everywhere that are willing to hold and pass on the ideals that symbolizes Delta Epsilon Psi. We believe our fraternity is like a family. Together we are driven to instill the virtues of brotherhood, discipline, and commitment within our members through various service and social activities. The brotherhood that is built as a member of Delta Epsilon Psi signifies how we work together as one unit rather than individuals. The discipline that is instilled in each brother is exemplified by our attitudes, deeds, and actions. Commitment is apparent in each brother in their pride in our organization and continuing belief its ideals values, and principles.
Our Mission Statement was founded to encompass the values that all our brothers hold: We the Brothers of Delta Epsilon Psi vow to be a fraternity whose primary purpose is to instill Brotherhood, Discipline, and Commitment within its members through various social and service driven endeavors Delta Epsilon Psi structured its Mission Statement to promote the key principles that it believed would be important to turn its brothers into strong leaders. We look to continue and strengthen these views with the addition of young men from various backgrounds, but with an identical vision. Delta Epsilon Psi was not created to separate a group from the whole, but rather to instill the ideas of a whole into a body of unified men. And to this day, though membership has increased exponentially, the feeling of unity prevails over separation simply because the bonds that the brothers share with each other are built with integrity and support.
” WE DON’T TURN BOYS INTO MEN, WE TURN MEN INTO LEADERS”