Through a desire to give formal recognition to international students and their academic achievements, the Center for International Education at California State University formed an honor society in 1985. Phi Beta Delta was created to recognize those returning from overseas study, international scholars, and faculty and staff members involved in international academics.
"Our enduring idea is to build a society in which we, as international scholars, will maintain fellowship, and in which sound scholarship will be recognized. The goal is not merely to honor international scholarship, but to excite and expedite it."
Objectives of Phi Beta Delta
- To recognize achievement in international education interchange
- To increase the recognition, credibility, and the importance of the international experience
- To develop a cadre of individuals (students & faculty) with international experience
- To create a catalyst for international academic-based programming on campus
- To connect individuals on U.S. campuses involved in the international experience
Phi (philomatheia) - love of knowledge
Beta (biotremmonia) - valuing of human life
Delta (diapheren) – achieving excellence
The colors of Phi Beta Delta are red and gold, symbolizing the strength of humankind and the energy of the sun from which all cultures draw strength and life.
MEDALLION NEWSLETTER, April 2011 issue: http://www.phibetadelta.org/index.php/publications/the-medallion.html
PROCEEDINGS OF PHI BETA DELTA, Volume 2, Number 1: http://www.phibetadelta.org/index.php/publications/proceedings.html