Welcome to LMU Tri Delta! I am Ariana Mungia and I am honored to be the President of the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Delta Delta Delta at Loyola Marymount University. Being a part of this organization has allowed me to grow into the strongest woman that I can be. Tri Delta is a place where I am loved for being myself, and I am very proud to lead this group of wonderful women. Each of my sisters adds a unique contribution to the chapter that allows us to be diverse, and yet connected on an extraordinary level.
Tri Delta’s national philanthropy is childhood cancer research. Every Tri Delta chapter is partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Tennessee, which provides care for children with cancer and chronic illnesses at no cost to their families. Tri Delta has made the pledge to donate $60 million in 10 years—the largest fundraising commitment in St. Jude history—to fund the Tri Delta Place. When families arrive at St. Jude, they don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay because the Tri Delta Place provides free short-term housing.
Each of my sisters holds St. Jude as one of our chapter’s highest priorities. Since our founding in 2006, our chapter has raised over $60,000 for St. Jude through various fundraisers on campus such as Delta Desserts, an all you can eat dessert buffet that we host each semester. Tri Deltas buzz with excitement in the weeks leading up to Delta Desserts because supporting an organization like St. Jude is an honor that we each hold dearly.
In addition to our philanthropic efforts and commitment to Tri Delta, our sisters maintain their GPAs while involving themselves in a variety of campus organizations. Our chapter has a legacy of excellence, and I am excited to lead this strong group of women as we strive to carry this on.
When Sarah Ida Shaw founded Tri Delta in 1888, she said, “Let us found a society that shall be kind alike to all and think more of a girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance.” In recent years, Tri Delta has been a front-runner in helping women across the country become more confident in their bodies through our initiative, BodyImage3D®. This initiative encourages a more in-depth, well-rounded body image by focusing on three tiers: healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy spirit. Epsilon Zeta is grateful to regularly partner with LMU’s FitWell center to promote events that empower body positivity.
While we each have different assets, my sisters and I are united through our mutual values of truth, self-sacrifice, and friendship. As Tri Deltas, we hold each other accountable to higher standards. The women of Epsilon Zeta reflect the purpose of Tri Delta: a perpetual bond of friendship among its members, developing a stronger and more womanly character, broadening the moral and intellectual life, and assisting its members in every possible way.
My wish for you is that during your time at LMU, you find a home that celebrates your gifts and allows you to grow, just like I have during my time in Tri Delta. I hope that home is with us.
Delta Love and Mine,