Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Xi Iota Chapter

Founded Nationally: Howard University, January 13, 1913

Chartered at Upstate: February 10, 1979

Symbol(s): Fortitude

Color(s): Crimson & Cream

Nickname(s): Delta, DST

National Affiliation: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Minimum National Requirements*

Chapter Instagram: xiiota_uscu

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National Website

Twenty-one sisters of Delta Sigma Theta stand in a line smiling at the camera on a tiered surface with another sister standing on a lower tier in front of them holding a traditional Delta Sigma Theta line staff.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately black college- educated women, the sorority currently has more than 900 chapters located in the United States, 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; educational development; international awareness and involvement; physical and mental health; political awareness; and involvement.

The sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University. These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence, provide scholarships, provide support to the underserved, educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy, and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities. We stand by scholarship, sisterhood and service.

Locally, our chapter’s long-term goals are to:

  • Improve fellowship among each other and the community
  • Strive for higher academic excellence
  • Implement our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust every semester through our programs

The Xi Iota chapter is committed to various service initiatives and fundraisers including our annual Red Christmas Toy Drive, Adopt-A-Highway, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and “The Battle of the Partywalks.”


* These are the national minimum requirements. Chapters may have higher standards. Please reach out directly to the chapter to inquire about their chapter requirements.


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