Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

PROGRAMMING

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Economic Development

  • Economic Empowerment Workshop:  A forum where the chapter collaborates with other organizations within the community to address financial topics such Credit Repair/Debt Reduction, Home Ownership, Investments, Wills/Estate Planning, and Tax Planning.

 

  • Dress for Success Partnership: To support unemployed and underemployed women in the Columbus, OH area, the chapter began a service partnership with Dress For Success Columbus in June 2017.   Dress For Success Columbus empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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  • dFree Financial Wellness Initiative: free, confidential program to build wealth in African American community – pay off debt, build emergency funds and investment

Educational Development

  • Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy:  A program that serves as a catalyst for academic excellence among young African-American girls between the ages 11 and 14. The program is designed to address the educational and social development needs of middle school girls focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math skills. 

  • Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS:  A program that serves as a catalyst for young African-American girl between the ages of 14 and 18 to enhance their abilities to achieve academic excellence. GEMS is an acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully.  The program is designed to develop strong, confident and respectful young ladies by striving to prepare them to take an active role in their success and in the community.

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  • EMBODI:  A program that serves to address various issues impacting the African-American male between the ages of 11 and 17.  EMBODI is an acronym for Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence.  The curriculum addresses issues related to STEM education, leadership, healthy lifestyle choices, character, ethics, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement, and service learning. 

  • Project DELTAA Read-Ins:  A program that assists young students in the Columbus area elementary schools or recreation centers to develop and enhance reading skills. DELTAA is an acronym for Deltas Enriching Lives Through Academic Achievement.

  • Project DELTAA Scholarship:  A program that awards at least five scholarships to graduating seniors in the Columbus area.  Applications are accepted in March of each year.  School guidance counselors and/or members of the Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter are encouraged to recommend students of the Greater Columbus area who meet the scholarship requirements. 

  • Walk-a-Thon Participation:  A method for the local chapter to provide economic support for community organizations focused around the sorority’s five-point programmatic thrust.  ​

  • United Negro College Fund Walk/Run for Education

International Awareness & Involvement

Our mission is to raise awareness of the global community's needs as well as engage interest and support in addressing those needs. Help us bless children around the world without leaving home. 

Local Initiatives: 

  • Operation Christmas Child:  Annually, the chapter members fill shoeboxes with toys and personal items for children in underserved countries.  In addition to gifts, children receive a message about the gift of salvation.

  • Shoes for Senegal and Sierra Leone:  For several years, the chapter has rallied members, community partners, and Nu Phi City Wide Chapter to secure and donate new and gently worn shoes to women, children, and men in remote African villages. Our community partner is Faith Ministries Church, Columbus, Ohio.   To date, our contribution has been over 1900 pairs of shoes.

  • Delta House/Vashti Village located in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) and Delta Sigma Theta Elementary School (Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre Campus) located in Cherette, Haiti:  The chapter has specifically raised funds in support of these two national initiatives.

  • World AIDS day:  Annually, the chapter observance brings awareness to the pandemic and its impact on African American women and girls.

 

National Initiatives:

The chapter brings awareness to chapter members and the community about the national initiatives of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  The chapter also contributes generously to the International Sustainability Fund in support of the following initiatives:

  • Training Resources in Family Education (T.R.E.E.) located in Durban

  • Adelaide Tambo School for the Physically Challenged located in Johannesburg

  • Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital located in Kenya

  • I Can Fly High School located in Kenya

  • Muindi Mbinga School located in Kenya

  • Siana Boarding Primary School located in Kenya

  • Delta House/Vashti Village located in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland)

  • Delta Sigma Theta Elementary School (Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre Campus) located in Cherette, Haiti

Physical & Mental Health

  • Alexa Canady Conference for Future Doctors, Dentists and Nurses:  A conference providing career knowledge and experiences for young women who are interested in the medical field through interaction with leaders within the field.  Young women in grades seven through 10 are encouraged to apply. 

  • Edith Cousins Day of Service:  A specific event named in honor of the chapter’s Honorary Charter Member, Edith Cousins, in recognition of her work and life within the chapter and the Columbus community.  The event is held each year during the sorority’s Sisterhood Month in March.

  • Ronald McDonald House Partnership (Coming soon)

  • Walk-a-Thon Participation:  A method for the local chapter to provide economic support for community organizations focused around the sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.  

  • African-American Male Wellness Walk

  • Komen Race for the Cure

  • St. Jude Walk to End Childhood Cancer

Political Awareness & Involvement

  • Delta Days at the State Capital:  A day long event held at the State Capital where members of the sorority from around the state of Ohio meet with legislators to discuss issues which primarily impact the African-American community in Ohio.

  • Shirley Chisholm Conference for Girls in Government:  A conference dedicated to encouraging and inspiring young women to pursue the highest level of public service, advocacy, and leadership. Young women in grades seven through 10 are encouraged to apply.

Arts & Letters

  • Literary Café:  An event held in November of each year which highlights an African-American author.  Depending upon the author and/or book chosen for discussion, the event may address social issues such as human trafficking, policing, drugs, crime rates, etc.

  • Red Hot Jazz Fusion:  A celebration event where the chapter highlights our African-American vendors in the field of arts.  The event is held in June of each year in honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month.