Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been involved in “social action” almost since its inception. On March 3, 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several of the Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta banner, the first public act of the Sorority. Even in developing the Delta Oath, a commitment to action in the public arena was included.
Social action is the vehicle through which the Sorority establishes a position on an emerging or perennial public issue, determines the action to be taken, and directs the actions of members, chapters, and representative bodies. An integral part of the Sorority’s mission is addressing issues that affect the public well-being.
Social action programming raises issues and educates the community about social and political issues that impact policy and the community. Our focuses are to educate, register, and mobilize voters, raise awareness to current local and national issues, utilize local reporting and data to inform our issues, and influence policy and legislation that aligns with key issues. Some examples of social action programs and initiatives specific to the Rochester Alumnae Chapter are as follows:
- Delta Days in City Hall
- Delta Talks Community Conversation Series
- Political Candidate Forums
- Community Voter Education/Registration Initiative
- Police Accountability Board Alliance Initiative