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Associate Member Education

Associate Membership

Invitation into the membership and brotherhood of Delta Kappa Epsilon is an honor of which every invitee should be proud. Associate members are selected because they demonstrate the organization’s values of being a Gentleman, Scholar, and Jolly Good Fellow

As with most fraternal organizations, like with employers, associate members complete a period of onboarding during which they are immersed in the meaning of what it means to be a Deke and how to successfully take advantage of everything Fraternity membership has to offer. We hope you enjoy your experience and your time as an undergraduate member. Welcome to the brotherhood.

Purpose of Associate Member Onboarding

The Associate Member onboarding period begins at the time of accepting a “bid” (invitation to membership) and is completed upon formal initiation into the Fraternity. This period encompasses online learning – TightRope Health & Safety, Member Onboarding courses – and group-based in-person learning. Associate members are introduced to the mysteries and secrets of the organization, Standards of membership, contribution requirements, and the benefits of membership after graduating into alumnus status. Transparently, this period also affords the chapter the opportunity to revoke an invitation to membership should the membership discern that an associate member does not meet the standard of full membership.

Associate Member Education Process

Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Associate Member education process is an essential part on the road to becoming a full member of Delta Kappa Epsilon with all the rights and privileges that offers. Throughout this process, prospective members acquaint themselves with the history and traditions of the Fraternity, as well as the values we pride in ourselves and display to our communities.

As defined by Article V, Section II of the ∆KE Constitution, the qualifications for membership of an eligible student shall be:

“good standing in the work of the curriculum; excellence in scholarship being a worthy recommendation; high moral character; general affability and consideration for the rights and views of others; courteous deportment; a gentlemanly and self-respecting spirit; an active and energetic character; and an appreciation of the objects and principles of DELTA KAPPA EPSILON, coupled with a capability and desire to be loyal thereto.”

Locally, the Phi Alpha chapter requires PNMs to be actively enrolled students at the University of British Columbia, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and possess the qualities of a gentleman, a scholar, and a Jolly Good Fellow.

As a PNM of Delta Kappa Epsilon, you will be assigned a ‘Big Brother’ within the fraternity, to act as a guide and mentor throughout the probationary period. A Big Brother is your direct line to the fraternity, and the bond between Big Brother and Little Brother is one that will hold well beyond your years. A Big Brother is a confidant, a friend, a study partner, a teammate, and a life coach.

Delta Kappa Epsilon’s PNM education process consists of one 1.5-hour meeting on Wednesday evenings. This meeting is mandatory, so that a PNM  has the opportunity to learn more about the Fraternity and to get to know his PNM Brothers and the Active Chapter better. Outside of this, there are a multitude of events a PNM may choose to attend, including Social Exchanges with sororities, parties, weekly study sessions, philanthropic events, sports leagues, and more. While not required, these optional parts form a core part of the ∆KE experience, and PNMs are strongly encouraged to enrich their experience and attend. A fraternity like ∆KE embodies the concept “you get out what you put in” insofar as the more involved you are, the better your experience.

4-Week Period Materials

Click the button below to download the 4-week Associate Member onboarding materials. 

Included: schedule overview, associate member educator guide, presentation deck

6-Week Period Materials

Click the button below to download the 6-week Associate Member onboarding materials. 

Included: schedule overview, associate member educator guide, presentation deck

We are delta kappa epsilon

Delta Kappa Epsilon is one of the oldest and most prominent fraternities in North America. Founded in 1844 at Yale University, “Deke” is known for producing outstanding gentleman, leaders, and jolly good fellows.