Values & Ethics Lectureship

In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Dr. Paul Martin honored his wife Dorothy “Dotty” Garrett Martin, Eta-Akron, by establishing the Delta Gamma Lectureships in Values and Ethics. The purpose of lectureship was “to establish a venue on college campuses where values and ethics could be discussed in an open format.” Paul and Dotty’s alma mater and the home of Delta Gamma’s oldest active collegiate chapter, The University of Akron, was the site of the inaugural lectureship. Today, there are 20 college campuses with a lectureship, one in progress and a Convention lectureship. 


The Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics at The University of Texas at Austin was established in 2002. Our endowment gift to the university in 2002 was the largest of its kind given by any Greek organization. The Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics at The University of Texas at Austin gives a platform to inspirational leaders to share their stories with the community. Beta Eta’s speakers have included:


  • Carl Bernstein - The Washington Post journalist, famed for exposing the Watergate scandal

  • Jerry Greenfield - Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.

  • Mia Hamm - Two-time Olympic gold medalist for women’s soccer and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion

  • Lois Jenson - Nationally esteemed attorney, famous for winning the first class action sexual harassment lawsuit in the United States

  • Shawn Johnson - Olympic gold medalist for women’s gymnastics, inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame with the 2007 World’s Team

  • Paul Rusesabagina - International humanitarian and the real-life hero from Hotel Rwanda (2007)

  • Collins Tuohy - Sister of NFL football legend Michael Oher, made from from the film The Blind Side (2009)

  • Jeannette Walls - New York Times best-selling author of The Glass Castle, a memoir about Ms. Walls’ childhood

  • Sarafina Nance - An American science communicator, astrophysicist & Ph.D. student, and a Beta Eta Alumna


Beta Eta will host The Delta Gamma Foundation Lectureship in Values and Ethics at The University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2021. Please feel free to contact Caroline Ashley, Director of Values and Ethics, with any questions.

Dessert with DG

Delta Gamma funds the Lectureship Series through their beloved fundraiser, Dessert With DG.


Hosted once a semester at the Delta Gamma house, Dessert With DG is an event in which Beta Eta members provide delicious desserts to hungry midnight prowlers. The desserts are provided partially through donations from popular local eateries and partially through homemade donations by the DGs themselves. Since it is held from 10 to 2 in the morning, Dessert With DG has proven to be especially popular amongst UT students.


Want to stop by the next Dessert With DG? Check out the "Upcoming Events" section of our home page to see the nearest date!


Want to donate to our Lectureship fund? Anna Port, Director of Lectureship Fundraising.