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Five-Point Program Thrust 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.


Founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University, the Sorority is currently a sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women.


This includes 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, 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

     ● Physical and Mental Health

     ● Educational Development

     ● Political Awareness and Involvement

     ● International Awareness and Involvement


For more information, visit our national website at

Dollar Bill in Jar
 Economic Development    

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., established the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) as a non-profit corporation. DREF was designed to help strengthen and expand the charitable, educational, scientific programs of Delta Sigma Theta and other organizations with similar community service goals. 

DREF provides: 

  • Benefits for contributors to the national, regional and chapter activities of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  • Research and Program Initiatives through The Center For Research on African American Women serving as a comprehensive database and resource on the diverse lifestyles of African American women and the roles they have played in contributing to the building of the United States. The Center is designed to present extensive research on Black women that will be of significance for policy decision-making on both local and national levels.

  • Tools and Techniques for Parents As Partners In Science, Math, and Technology Education with the Dr. Betty Shabazz Academies and community resource collaboration to get young girls interested and competent in the science fields for 20th century careers and abilities to function well in a highly technology-oriented society.

HPAC Programs

     Financial Fortitude
 Educational Development    

The Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for local Delta chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.

The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS was created as an expansion of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy to encompass at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning.

The goals for Delta GEMS are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically

  • To provide tools that enable teenage girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success

  • To assist teenage girls in proper goal setting and planning for their future high school and beyond

  • To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service, learning, and community service opportunities

Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) is the signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 24th National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre. EMBODI is designed to refocus Delta’s efforts to collaborate with other established organizations and agencies to address the plight of African American males. The EMBODI program provides a continuum of services and addresses the specific needs of African-American males.

Both informal and empirical data suggests that African American males continue to be in crisis and are not successful educationally, socially, and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, recommended strategies, programs and activities.

The goals of EMBODI are:

  • To expand the horizons of young African American males by cultivating a personal vision for their lives; 

  • To provide tools for young African American males to attain a higher quality of life; 

  • To provide young African American males with an awareness of various college and career options to make rewarding life choices and decisions; and 

  • To create community-minded young African American males by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Program serves as a motivational tool for African American teenage males with the ultimate goal of increasing their knowledge and awareness of issues affecting young men today.

 International Awareness & Involvement  

Delta Sigma Theta has an extensive history of involvement in international issues, including human rights and developing infrastructure.  This involvement led to the establishment of several chapters outside of the United States and the participation in projects related to addressing the needs of diverse cultures.

HPAC Programs

     Support the Distribution of Malaria Nets

Fruit Stand
 Physical & Mental Health  

Concerns about America's physical and mental health have not escaped Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta's work in prevention and "wellness" translates to health education programs, health fairs and the provision of health care services.

HPAC Programs

     Hunger Initiative

     Community Health Fair and Blood Drive

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 Political awareness & Involvement  

Voter Education and Registration, Public Policy and Legislation

Our Founders’ participation in the Suffrage March for Women to Vote in March, 1913 was our organization’s first act of political awareness and involvement.  Through social action our members positively impact the communities in which we serve.  Public policy awareness in our communities continues to guide the activities of this program.

HPAC Programs

     Voter Registration

     Meet the Candidates

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