Iota Upsilon Chapter 

at the 

University of Ottawa

Our Values

Philanthropy & Service

Alpha Phi sisters support those in need through service and philanthropy; we all share a passion for helping one another and our surrounding communities. The Alpha Phi Foundation is one of the oldest Greek foundations and works to raise awareness and funds specifically for women's heart health.

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Alpha Phi values each member's passion for education, knowledge and achievement. Our founders were ten of the first twenty women admitted to the Syracuse University in 1872. These women had the courage to persevere and earn a college education despite the opposing societal expectations at the time.

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Alpha Phi sisters cherish life-long friendships rooted in kindness, love and respect for one another. We believe in the concept of Watchcare - a tenet of our sisterhood which encourages support of one another through the good times and the bad. This may mean helping one another out with academics or providing much needed support during a difficult time.

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Our sisters lead by example and strive for continuous, innovative self-improvement as well as that of the community. Since her inception, Alpha Phi has been a leader in the Greek community. The founding sisters of Alpha Phi encouraged one another to think, invent and improve. 

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We are sisters for life. We learn, through membership in the sorority, the value of loyalty and being true to each other as well as to our common ideals. Members continue to be devoted and connected sisters throughout college and in their lives beyond school. We believe in stewardship and paying it forward so that those who come after us may benefit.

Character Development

Alpha Phi fosters strong character traits distinguishing our members and our sisterhood. These traits include compassion, integrity and sincerity. In Alpha Phi, all members learn to lead by example through action and communication. Expectations are set high for ourselves and we diligently strive to meet them.

 To learn more about our sorority, please visit the Alpha Phi International website.