Alpha Xi Delta at American University

Meet the lovely ladies of the Iota Phi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Mission: The mission of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is to enrich the life of every Alpha Xi Delta. We will: * Nurture unity and cooperation. * Foster intellectual, professional, and personal growth. * Exemplify the highest ethical conduct. * Instill community responsibility. * Perpetuate fraternal growth.

The sisters of Iota Phi have collectively pledged to donate to the Black Lives Matter DC Legal Fund. As we mentioned earlier in the week, it is not enough to condemn racism, police brutality, white supremacy or any other form of social injustice that impacts communities of color. We must ask ourselves what we can do to act in allyship and stand with our Black sisters, friends, neighbors, and community members.

One of the ways we have chosen to support our DC community is by donating to help provide legal services to those who have been arrested for protesting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We encourage anyone who can, to join us in raising money and donating to aid in these efforts.

These are the beginning steps in a long-term effort to educate ourselves on the systematic injustices felt by many in our community and across the world.

Iota Phi’s Official Statement

The Iota Phi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta will not stand for the racial injustices that continue to occur as a result of hundreds of years of systemic racism, and we will not stay silent. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery’s names will be remembered alongside the countless others who have lost their lives due to police brutality. Our hearts go out to their family, friends, and communities who are mourning their deaths.

As an organization we condemn acts of racism, police brutality, white supremacy, xenophobia, and any other form of social injustice that impacts communities of color. Silence is not acceptable during a time like this. Action and education is necessary to support the Black community, and we will continue to demand justice. Hatred, violence, and bigotry will not be accepted by the women of our organization and we will continue to uphold our values of courage, graciousness, and peace.

Alpha Xi is committed to creating an inclusive organization, and we will continue to fight against social injustices and stand up and speak out against inequality. Greek organizations are historically predominantly white, and it still remains this way today. However, we must ask ourselves what we can do to be active allies and stand with our Black sisters, friends, neighbors, and community members.

To our sisters of color and people of color in the American University community, we see you, we hear you, and we will stand with you.

We encourage all who are able to donate to various fundraisers, sign petitions, and spread awareness. A great list of resources is available at This link can be found in our bio, and includes educational resources, resources for protestors, various petitions and places to call, and where to donate, including other options if you are unable to donate.

Happy birthday Nina!!

Thank you for being the best roommate, friend, and sister I ever could’ve asked for. you are the funniest, craziest, and most genuine person I know. Thank you for always listening to me cry for no reason and making the funniest tik toks. I miss living with you and always ordering food but I cannot wait to visit you soon and live together next year!

Love you so much💛
- Sophie

Happy birthday Maggie!!

I’m so happy alpha xi brought me to you! I hope your day is as special as you are! Love you and miss you lots❤️

- Gillian


Happy Birthday sweet biggie! We’re a mess but I love dis pic it’s so happy🤗. I’m BIG sad we can’t be together for your bday but I know you’ll make the best of it. I’m so happy alpha xi gave me you, thank you for all you’ve done for me💘You’ve helped turn this Irish-everythang bich into a latin loving bich, thank you for educating me *it was a cultural reset. You’re funny, beautiful, smart, caring, and on and on, I’m so extremely lucky to have you in my life. Even though I’m sad to’ve deferred abroad to the spring, I’m glad to see you v soonn!! Have the best day te amo irmã


Claire Wesselkamper,

happy happy birthday to my favorite little! I’m so grateful to alpha xi for bringing you into my life. from working at the bridge together, countless facetimes, sleepovers, and more, you have become one of my best friends and one of the most incredible people I’ve met; your love for others, loyalty, and ambition are apparent in everything you do. thank you for listening to my tangents, complaints, and being my biggest supporter. I’m so excited to see what you will accomplish and I‘ll always be on the sidelines cheering you on. I’m counting down until we can hang out again ❣️ love you and miss you so so much, happy 20th hunny,

with love,
Madeline McCarthy


Happy happy birthday to my sweet little!! I love and miss you so much and am counting down the days until we can see each other again. I am so lucky to be able to call you my little and so admire your passion behind everything that you do. I am also so incredibly grateful to have someone to talk everything SIS with and I cannot wait for dozens more dinner and dessert dates! I hope that you have the most wonderful day ever!

Lots of love,

Dearest Yanet,

Happy birthday to the best little in the world! I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful and talented little, and I can’t wait to see you again. When I first met you, it was as if I was looking at myself. From the cheetah print obsession to being a woman in STEM, to hating bananas and having the same music taste, I literally found a mini me! You are the baddest, the funniest, and the sweetest person I know, and I love you tons. I admire your love for your passions and your caring nature so much, anyone would be lucky to have a Yanet in their life. Even though our time this semester was cut short, I’m excited for what the future holds and can’t wait for you to continue doing big things. I already know the TL isn’t ready for that birthday photoshoot 🥵

Happy 19th, and we are celebrating as soon as we (safely) can! ⚡️⭐️

Love you forever,

Madeleine!! (Maddie Danzberger)

Happy happy birthday!! ❤ I am so beyond grateful that we found each other and get to be your big. I love you so much, you are so incredibly impressive, inspiring, thoughtful, beautiful, smart, caring, and more. Thank you for the laughs, TikToks, advice, and bonding with me over things I’m pretty sure only we would get. I cannot wait to be back in DC with you, have more impromptu sleepovers, and make so many more memories 🙂 Have the most amazing day and I hope someone gets you a baby duck

Love, Prairie

Happy Birthday to my beautiful little!

Valentina, I love you so much and I could not be more thankful to call you my little. I’m so grateful Alpha Xi brought us together. I will always remember our first sister date at Al Dente and how we kept talking for hours and I knew you really were meant to be my little ever since. You have the biggest heart, you’re so driven and you’re one of the most genuine people I know. I can’t wait for our gelato and sushi dates. Have the most beautiful day and soon we will celebrate together! ❤️🎂😘

- Alexa

Happy birthday Denise!

I’m so happy that AXiD brought me to you! You are the sweetest person and deserve the best day! Once we are back in DC we will celebrate! I Hope all of your birthday wishes come true!

Love you!

Dear Caitlyn,

Words cannot express the amount of love I have in my heart for you. I may not show it much, but I am eternally grateful that you decided to text me to make sure I was still coming to meet you even though you were preoccupied. You have been there for everything, even my process going into Alpha Xi and you always make sure I am well fed;) Who would’ve thought a peace conference could’ve caused so much fun chaos in our lives. You are dedicated, smart and incredibly secure in yourself and that’s something a lot of people don’t achieve in their lifetime. You are the rock in my life, not to mention a billion people’s others and I cannot wait to see how much you accomplish when you go to Texas. Good luck with everything and just know that we are always here even though u gonna be a b*** from the souf ;)

- Kali

Spring 2020 Senior Sendoff


Though there are not enough adequate words to depict your contribution to Alpha Xi Delta at American University, Iota Phi is immensely grateful for the path that you have blazed. Although the semester did not end the way that you all deserve or expected, we want you to know the capacity to which you served in our organization-- one that embodies and exemplifies the values of Alpha Xi Delta.

Our hearts go out to you and all the “lasts” that were anticipated but never shared. Yet, it is all of our “firsts” that began with you and for that, we are immensely grateful. As we reflect on the past four years, we want to thank you for constantly pushing every member to realize their potential-- without each and every one of you, Iota Phi would not be the chapter it is.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Though you will have setbacks that will challenge your moral compass and self-confidence, there remains a true testament as you embark on a new chapter of life; that is, to find the things that allow you to exude happiness in all that you do and when the voices of others drown out your own intuition, be the woman that you have shown this chapter-- strong, loud, and you. Though the future is unknown, there will always be a home and a forever in Iota Phi.

Iota Phi at American University

To lil Laws, (Simone)

Happy birthday to my sweet lil!! I’m so thankful for Alpha Xi for bringing us together! I remember meeting you on bid night and us being inseparable ever since:) You are such an amazing person inside and out and I’m so happy that we have gotten so close. You light up every room you are in and make everyone laugh and smile. We have so many fun memories together and I can’t wait to make more because you’re stuck with me ahhaha!! Love you so so much and can’t wait to see you soon! You best believe I’m blasting Drake and Migos music all day in honor of you! Love you!

- Biggie (Cassidy)

Day 4 of Senior Appreciation Week! Thank you to all of our seniors for everything you've done for our chapter, Iota Phi misses you already!

Happy birthday to my sweet big, Lila!!

You are the most amazing second mother I could’ve ever asked for, and I am so thankful that Alpha Xi brought me to you. You light up everyone’s life with your contagious smile and I am so lucky to have you as my big. Can’t wait to celebrate you when we’re back in DC... and more bachelor Monday’s of course.

Love you!!

Day 3 of Senior Appreciation Week and we have even more incredible senior spotlights to share!

Check back tomorrow for our last day of senior spotlights!

Alpha Xi Delta

Iota Phi just uploaded our first post on our brand new blog! Continue to celebrate our seniors with us by checking out Fiona Steiwer senior reflection post at the link below! American University

Day 2 of Senior Appreciation Week! Here are some more of our incredible senior sisters!

Check back tomorrow for some more Senior Spotlights!

Today starts Senior Appreciation Week and we wanted to begin by celebrating some of our incredible graduating sisters!

Check back tomorrow for some more Senior Spotlights!

Happy birthday Alexis!!

I’m so sad we can’t spend the day together but as soon as we’re reunited we will go to brunch and celebrate!! I’m so lucky to have you in my life and couldn’t imagine living with or spending all my time with anyone else! I hope you have the best day ever ❤️

- Katie

Happy Founders Day to all of our incredible sisters! We are so thankful for all of the memories we've been able to make together and can't wait to make even more! xoxi - Iota Phi

Happy birthday Gillian!!

You continue to inspire me by how passionate and hardworking you are. Plus, I know you can always make me laugh! Have the best day and eat lots of chocolate!

- Denise

My dearest Rachel,

Happy 21st Birthday!!!! The universe came together and arranged an international pandemic to make your birthday extra memorable, that’s how big of a deal this is. I am so proud of you. You have made such an impact on our chapter and the Panhellenic community, and I could not be prouder.

Thank you for giving great advice, emergency fast food runs, and your constant support. Having you as a little made my college experience so much better, and makes it even harder to say goodbye. Can’t wait until the day we can share a gluten free cold beverage together. Today is the day to celebrate YOU and I can’t wait.

Love you longtime,

Happy Birthday to my funny, sweet, and savage big, Siena!

Thank you for all the laughs, words of wisdom, rant sessions, and endless support. From pottery dates to 5SOS concerts to basketball games that don’t go as planned, you manage to make every moment a little brighter! I’m so sad I can’t be there to celebrate in person, but I’m sending you the biggest hug. Can’t wait to see you SO soon! Love you forever, biggie! You’re one of a kind. Do it, you won’t ♥️

- Lila

Happy birthday to a southern queen!!! Welcome to your 20s Olivia!

This new decade has so much for you in-store, all beginning with your YEAR abroad in Paris! I can’t believe I’ll have somewhere to crash in Europe and get to travel the world with you and our friends by my side. I’m so glad xissies brought us together because you continue to inspire me everyday and are such a light in this world. Keep living your dreams, and I can’t wait to celebrate all that you are ⭐️💓

- Alice

Dearest cricky, (Christine)

This year your birthday is extra special because we are also in the middle of a pandemic! As some may call it, iconic. And I agree because if I could pick one word to describe you, that would be it. You’re one of a kind, the life of the party, and super relatable to everyone you meet. Knowing you, this year your birthday will still be fun regardless of the circumstances because you make the most out of every situation. Happy 21st cricky. I cannot wait to celebrate you when the world stops ending!

- Kali


I can't imagine doing freshman year without you by my side. Whether we’re trying to do our stats homework in the room or deciding to order doordash at 2:30 in the morning, you always make me know how to laugh. I cant wait to see you again and for all the memories to come! I love you so so much and hope you're having a wonderful day in quarantine for your birthday!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

- Nina

Happy Birthday to my very sweet little, Elle!!

I hope you have the best day! Things are certainly crazy right now, but I’m sure the day will be so special regardless and we will be sure to celebrate as soon as you’re back! You make the best out of every situation and I’m so excited to have you back for my last semester! Can’t wait to see you soon—have a very happy birthday!

- Morgan

My dear Grace,

Happy 21st my love!!! I hope you still get the chance to christen your ID at Trader Joe’s and maybe once this quarantine is over we can both lose our Heist virginity together?? 🤩 You’re such a ray of sunshine in everyone’s life, you offer the same kindness to everyone you meet and I adore you for that. I’m so blessed to get to call you my friend. From being in the same SRC group (even though I was too stressed to talk to anyone I probs talked to you the most) to waking up in Ireland and being incredibly confused to see you, I can’t wait to make many more incredible memories together! I look forward to running into you at the Dav again in 2021 😘


Dear Emma,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE. You are one of the kindest, funniest, and strongest women I know. I’m constantly impressed with everything you do. You are my favorite horse girl and partner in crime! I’m so excited for more adventures together next year and I hope to see you this summer.
Your mama Emily💖

Happy 21st Birthday Briana!!
You are such a beautiful, intelligent, hard-working, loving woman and I am so thankful to have known you since our freshmen year! I am so thankful to have an incredible friend like you who I know I can always count on for support and encouragement. We are not just best friends but sisters for life and I couldn’t be more thankful. Thank you for being you and never change! Have a beautiful day. Love you!
- Alexa

Dear Annika,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DANCING QUEEN!!! I’m so proud of everything you do, from dancing to Alpha Xi, I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you will accomplish. I’m so thankful to have you as my little and words can’t express how EXCITED I am to grow as best friends and sisters. Thank you for supporting my artistic and academic aspirations. I can’t wait to be dancing with you again. You’re such a blessing to me and Alpha Xi. I hope you have an amazing day.
With all my love,
Your mom,

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Alpha Xi Deltas at American University enjoy a full social, academic and philanthropic schedule, including socials, programs and philanthropy events. We are looking for bold, talented women to join our Sisterhood. Alpha Xi Delta is inspiration. Find out how we will inspire you! In 1893, ten young women at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois, shared a vision and a dream of a national organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Their dream became Alpha Xi Delta, one of the oldest women’s fraternities in the United States. The timeless ideals envisioned by Alpha Xi Delta’s Founders remain constant throughout the years, inspiring pride in each member to pursue individual excellence. Now a national fraternity with more than 150,000 initiated members, our Fraternity is a progressive organization with college chapters and alumnae associations throughout the United States.
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