The purpose of Delta Sigma Theta . . .
Delta Sigma Theta is a sisterhood of more than 280,000 predominately Black college educated women. The sorority has over 900 chapters located in the United States and in West Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Hatti, Liberia, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private non profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare. Delta was founded on three basic principles scholarship, public service, and sisterhood. These ideas have with stood the test of time and are exemplified through the many programs Delta sponsors. Each undergraduate as well as alumnae chapter develops programs in reference to the needs of their community. These public service programs are centered around Delta's Five Point Thrust:
Financial planning, consumer education, money management, investments and employment opportunities are but a few of Delta's concerns addressed under economic development. Delta's most outstanding economic effort in support of the communities it serves is the Adopt-A-Black Business program. The aim of this program is to assist Black entrepreneurs to reach a productive "self-sufficiency level" in business world.
Each year, local Delta Chapters conduct projects designed to address the community's concerns about excellence in education. On a national level, Delta's pursuit of educational excellence takes the form of scholarships and grants to individual members and local chapters. Scholarships are given to both undergraduate and graduated members who have shown excellence in the field of law, communications and the study of science.
Physical and Mental Health
Delta is also concerns with America's physical and mental health. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. efforts in prevention and "wellness" translates to health education programs and health fairs as well as provision of health care services. Delta also supports medical research that examines illnesses that victimize specific segments of the country's population.
Though non-partisan in nature and purpose, Delta understands the importance of the need for an informed electorate. Delta's concern for the public's "need-to-know" and the enfranchisement of all Americans has been the philosophical basis for publics service programs in this area. Voter registration and voter education programs,workshops and seminars highlighting elected public official assessment and accountability are ongoing. and successful.
Delta has a rich history of involvement in the international arena. The building and maintenance of maternity wing at the Thika Memorial Hospital in Kenya, West Africa, to Delta's identification of 1987 as the "Delta International Year" underscores Delta's commitment to understanding the world. The "African Diaspora," a Delta Cultural Awareness/Study Program focused on the dispersion of the peoples and cultures of Africa through the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia and the island countries in the eastern and western hemispheres.