Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Name of Fraternity/ Sorority DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY
Founded 13-January-1913
Founded at Howard University
Founders Winona Cargile Alexander, Madree Penn   White, Wertie Blackwell Weaver, Vashti Turley Murphy, Ethel Cuff Black,   Frederica Chase Dodd, Osceola Macarthy Adams, Pauline Oberdorfer Minor, Edna   Brown Coleman, Edith Mott Young, Marguerite Young Alexander, Naomi Sewell   Richardson, Eliza P. Shippen, Zephyr Chisom Carter, Myra Davis Hemmings,   Mamie Reddy Rose, Bertha Pitts Campbell,
Florence Letcher Toms, Olive Jones, Jessie McGuire Dent, Jimmie Bugg   Middleton, Ethel Carr Watson
Greek Letters meaning ( Motto)  
History MISSION STATEMENT
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose   purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in   local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000   predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over   900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and   Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic   of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the   organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust:
Economic Development
Educational Development
International Awareness and   Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement
The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These   young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic   excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved;   educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public   policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their   communities.
A recent survey of members that resulted in the establishment of the Delta   Sigma Theta Resource Bank, showed that 97 percent of all Deltas are   registered to vote; they are well-educated, earn competitive incomes and   maintain positions of influence and respect within the greater community.
Alumnae Deltas comprise the largest portion (76%) of the membership. The   largest segments of alumnae Deltas are almost equally divided among three of   the seven regions, Eastern (21.8%), Southern (21%), and South Atlantic   (20.5%).
Collegiate Deltas comprise 24% of the membership and have the largest   segments of their members in the Southern (23.6%) and South Atlantic (22.7%)   regions.
Seventy-two percent of alumnae Deltas are homeowners and the majority (52%)   are married.
Delta Academy has taken many forms. In some chapters, the Academies are   after-school or Saturday programs; others are weekly or biweekly throughout   the school year; and still other programs occur monthly. At a minimum,   chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the   early adolescents in their areas. The activities implemented most often   include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips   for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to   cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.
A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly   successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow,   Delta Gems was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk,   adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize   those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO   attitude.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing   Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta   Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on   the plight of African-American males. Both informal and empirical data   suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in   crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and   emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and   recommendations for change and action. EMBODI will include a program format   and information template. The delivery options may include a town hall   meeting, workshops, and/or teen leadership summits.
Fraternity/ Sorority Logo   
Membership APPLICANTS RIGHTS
This statement of the rights and responsibilities of those individuals who   are applicants for membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority   (“Sorority”) is for the dual purpose of:
setting forth in a summary form, the   Sorority’s fundamental principles regarding the rights of an applicant to be   free from harassment, whether by physical or mental abuses associated with   hazing activities, by individual members or chapters of the Sorority during   the membership Intake Program and
correspondingly, the responsibilities   and obligations of the applicant not to allow herself to be subjected to such   abuses, nor to participate in any activity during which these abuses occur;   and to report such abuses or occurrences forth-with to the Sorority’s chapter   officers, chapter advisors, Regional Officers, National Officers and National   Headquarters, as appropriate.
The membership Intake Program of Delta Sigma Theta and the Ritual outline   required activities for ceremonial dress. Our governing documents contain   absolute prohibitions against hazing related activities before, during and   after the membership Intake Program and provide for specific sanctions   against the members and the chapters for violations of these prohibitions.The Code of Conduct is embodied in this Applicant Rights and Responsibilities   Statement and sets forth the types of improper conduct on the part of sorors,   applicants, and candidates which the Sorority considers unacceptable. Such   improper and unacceptable conduct is subject to the sanctions or fines or   both as listed in the Code of Conduct.
  Under Graduate Requirements Collegiate Membership
Any female student currently enrolled at a college or university, where there   is an active chapter on campus or in the city is eligible to apply for   membership, provided that:
the college or university where the   student is enrolled is accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized   by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher   Education Accreditation;
the student is taking courses leading   to her first/initial baccalaureate degree or its equivalent;
the student has completed at least 24   semester hours or 36 quarter hours;
the student is in good academic   standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on
a 4.0 scale or 1.75 on a 3.0 scale; or   equivalent, except where the minimum grade point average required by the   college or university is greater, then the minimum grade point average must   be used for eligibility; and
the student is not a member of any   society holding membership in the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. or the   Panhellenic Conference, Inc.
Any applicant for membership must receive a majority of the votes of members   of the chapter to which she has applied. However, the vote of the chapter is   subject to final approval of the Regional Director.
  Graduate Requirements Alumnae Membership
Any female who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or   university, is eligible to apply for membership of an Alumnae Chapter   provided that:
the college or university from which   she has earned her degree is accredited by an accrediting agency that is   recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for   Higher Education Accreditation;
the female graduated with a minimum   cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 1.75 on a 3.0 scale;
the female resides in the   community/area that is serviced by the Alumnae Chapter; and
the female is not a member of, nor has   been expelled from, any society holding membership in the National   Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. or the Panhellenic Conference, Inc.
Any applicant for membership must receive a majority of the votes of members   of the chapter to which she has applied. However, the vote of the chapter is   subject to final approval of the Regional Director.
  Benefits/ Advantages  
Regions/ Chapter by State CENTRAL REGION
EASTERN REGION
FARWEST REGION
MIDWEST REGION
SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION
SOUTHERN REGION
SOUTHWEST REGION
Programs Since its founding in 1913 Delta   Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization   that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all   Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education,   health, international development, and strengthening of the African American   family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an   extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program   Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International   Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political   Awareness and Involvement.
Partnership  
Contact Information  
  Website http://www.deltasigmatheta.org/
  Contact No. (202) 986 – 2400 Voice
(202) 986 – 2513 Fax
  Address 1707 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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