Much of the Delta Gamma Foundation's work focuses on personal development and growth. Article II of the Delta Gamma Constitution states that "the object of this Fraternity shall be to foster the high ideals of friendship among college women, to promote their educational and cultural interests, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility and to develop in them the best qualities of character." The Lectureships in Values and Ethics speak to the heart of Delta Gamma's purpose.
The Beta Eta Values and Ethics Lectureship was successfully founded in 2002. Years prior, Beta Eta had been approached by the Foundation to raise $50,000 that would then be matched by the Delta Gamma Foundation. In 2002, Beta Eta had successfully raised the designated amount, which was then matched by the Delta Gamma Foundation, and allowed for the Texas Delta Gammas to present a check of $100,000 to the University of Texas, the largest endowment to the University of Texas at Austin, by any student organization to date. Through the Delta Gamma Lectureship, Beta Eta has brought numerous key speakers, which include Carl Bernstein, Paul Rusesabagina, Lois Jenson and Collins Tuohy to the UT campus in order to offer a free ethics lectureship to any student, faculty or staff member of the University.
This lectureship has allowed Delta Gamma to pour its support and aid directly into The University as well as the surrounding community. This imperative Lectureship has not only brought valuable speakers and awareness to the campus, but with it has come a lasting and mutually valuable partnership between Beta Eta and The University of Texas.
Delta Gamma is the only Greek organization on the University of Texas campus to sponsor and put on events focused on educating and inspiring the women of the sorority, students of UT Austin, and Austin citizens to make ethical impacts on the world. Delta Gamma makes it possible for respected, inspirational men and women to share their message with the future leaders of Texas through sponsoring and overseeing lectureships that take place on the UT campus. Delta Gamma pays for this project through several different fundraisers, most notably Dessert With DG.
Hosted once a semester at the Delta Gamma house, Dessert With DG is an event in which Beta Eta members provide delicious desserts to hungry midnight prowlers. The desserts are provided partially through donations from popular local eateries and partially through homemade donations by the DGs themselves. Since it is held from midnight to 3 am, Dessert With DG has proven to be especially popular with UT students.
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