Public Motto: Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom
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 organizations 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.
The members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. represent a unique segment of the nation’s demographic profile. Delta women are movers and shakers—they hold political offices, own businesses and are influential in a range of fields from medicine to law to education. A recent survey of members that resulted in the establishment of 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 most 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.
Most Deltas are employed in education as teachers, school administrators, counselors, professors, and higher education administrators. Other occupations frequently reported include management, social sciences, social work, medicine/health, law, engineering, architecture, the performing arts, information sciences, public administration (federal, state, and local levels), the judiciary, journalism, and religion.
Delta Days at the UN
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was established February 13, 1971 at Illinois State University. It was the first black Greek letter organization on Illinois state university’s campus. In 2002 Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State combined chapters to create the Theta Delta Core Chapter.
Genevieve Dixon-Chapter President
Dezarae Dorsey- Vice President/Delta Gems Co-Chair
Juanita Herman- Treasurer
Kiara Daniel- Financial Secretary/Public Service Co-Chair
Katie Culbertson- Corresponding Secretary
Karson Chandler- Recording Secretary/Delta Gems Co-Chair
Danielle Jackson- Keeper of the Properties
Ashley Smith- Historian/NPHC Community Service Representative
Darnisha Monson-Public Service Co-Chair/NPHC Delgate
Lorryn Neely-Sisterhood Chair