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 on the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:
Delta Sigma Theta expanded to Arizona over 80 years ago with the chartering of the Beta Theta Chapter on May 22, 1937. As a mixed chapter of both collegiate and alumnae members, Beta Theta lead the sorority's mission in the Valley for 35 years, including assisting with the chartering of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter in 1967. In 1972, Beta Theta was retired to establish the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae and Iota Kappa chapters. Tempe Alumnae (1973), Mu Eta (1975) and Arizona West Valley (2021) came later completing the Arizona delegation of chapters for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
TEMPE ALUMNAE CHAPTER
Recognizing the potential for growth in the Valley, three members - Eula Riley Bursh, Sandra Lou Caldwell, and Gladys Earl Roberts - led the charge to petition for an alumnae chapter in 1971. Ten other visionary sorors joined them and the Tempe Alumnae Chapter was chartered on June 9, 1973.
For more than 45 years, Tempe Alumnae has been transforming lives through impactful programs and services provided to our local community. Here are just a few historical highlights:
TEMPE ALUMNAE CHARTER MEMBERS
Bennie Dangerfield Bailey*
Eula Riley Bursh
Sandra Lou Caldwell*
Herma J. Harris Hightower
Rosemary M. James
Betty Jean James*
Eddie J. Johnson*
Helen K. Mason*
Annetta Brooks Moore
Carolyn Warren Pitts*
Gladys Earl Roberts*
Arnette Scott Ward
NATIONAL DELTA AWARDS
Risk Management/Parent Orientation Award
Chapter Seed Grant: Social Action
Pride in Our Heritage Essay Honoree: JACQUELINE JOHNSON (Farwest Region)
REGIONAL DELTA AWARDS
2nd Place - International Awareness & Involvement Exemplary Programs
Honorable Mention - Delta Academy Exemplary Program
Honorable Mention - Social Action Award
Roy Wilkins Humanitarian Award, East Valley NAACP