The Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was established on October 9, 1965 with fifteen charter members. These women were committed to continuing the work in public service that began in 1913 at Howard University. As a result, the Rochester Alumnae Chapter is made up of sisters from various parts of the world. There are many sisters who reside in the community that periodically support our chapter activities and programs as well. Over the years, the Rochester Alumnae Chapter has grown from its initial membership of fifteen, to over seventy-five members.
Over the decades, the Rochester Alumnae Chapter has been involved in programs which focus on our Five Point Programmatic Thrust (i.e. economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement). The sorority has continually placed a special emphasis on Education. We recognize the impact education plays in uplifting our people from poverty and diminished rights to citizenship. We recognize that our youth are the key to a strong community and a brighter future.
At the turn of the century, our zeal remains focused on public service and the betterment of our people. The initial ideas of Delta live on in our current members. The Chapter continues a strong emphasis on education and development of youth. In our Delta Academy and Delta GEMS programs, we focus on equipping young girls and teens to become aware of our community needs and resources that are available to us as public servants. We also focus on the importance of good citizenship and scholarship.
Our Chapter has co-sponsored a variety of Women’s Wellness Conferences whereby we discussed topics ranging from social/emotional needs, physical health, Financial Outlook, to Spiritual Wellness of the African American Woman. The Chapter continues to focus on the Arts by hosting its Annual Jazz Brunch which features the artwork of local visual and musical artists. Still continuing in the Arts, the Chapter has also co-sponsored “Delta Speaks,” an opportunity for local poets and writers to showcase their talent. In this era, Soror Dr. Juanita Pitts was honored at the 2008 Clarissa Street Reunion.