Purpose

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and the Republic of Korea.

More than 10,000 members typically attend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s biennial national conventions, and each of the seven regional conferences (held during years when there is no national convention) typically hosts thousands of members. During the Centennial Celebration, the 51st National Convention, held in the District of Columbia, more than 38,000 members registered and attended.

Mission Statement

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.

Our Founders

Historical Timeline

In the Beginning....
Delta Sigma Theta is founded at Howard University. The Founders first act of public service was participating in the Suffrage March of 1913.
In the Beginning....
1913
May Week
The designation given to the observance by chapters throughout the country of a program stressing higher education for Negro women, was first observed.
1921
Jabberwock
A cultural and fundraising activity adopted by local chapters, was first initiated by the Iota Chapter. The proceeds usually are given to charity, for scholarships, or to a worthy cause. Jabberwock is intended to foster inter-organizational cooperation.
1925
INC.,
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was incorporated.
1930
National Library Project
Began the first national program called the National Library Project, which established a traveling library that served the rural areas of the South.
National Library Project
1937
Career Development
Became the first sorority to provide a program of employment counseling and career development for Black women.
1941
NHQ
First National Headquarters established by the Sorority. Becomes the first Black Greek Letter Organization to establish a national headquarters property.
NHQ
1953
Opened Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital (formerly Thika Maternity Hospital) in Thika, Kenya.
1963
DPEC
Created the Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair for Historically Black Colleges and Universities which funds the recommended professor and a unique program of study at an institution that meets the strict qualifications.
DPEC
1977
Established a partnership with Habitat for Humanity in which the Sorority built homes in the United States and Africa.
1992
First Black Greek-letter organization to be named a Non-Governmental Organization by the United Nations.
2003
The Sorority celebrates its centennial.
2013