by Stacey Mleczko
Diversity and tradition are two characteristics recorded in the University of La Verne Mission Statement. They are also two key elements of the incorporated sorority of Delta Sigma Theta.
In 1913, 22 women of higher education stature founded Delta Sigma Theta. They united to form a sisterhood that would promote the better good for humanity.
A chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was originally formed at ULV in 1979 and continued to flourish until its last member graduated in 1994. Spring semester of 1999 produced a replenished chapter that is currently an active sorority.
Michael Houdyshell, coordinator of campus activities and commuter services, said, “They are recognized as an official ULV organization. They are building toward becoming a stronger student group on campus.”
Acting president of the ULV Delta Sigma Theta Chapter Ayana Brown said after reading the University’s Mission Statement, she was surprised and questioned why similar groups were not active here, and decided to help bring the chapter back to life.
Brown, a senior computer science major, emphasized the difference between Delta Sigma Theta and the other sororities offered at ULV. “Delta Sigma Theta is different; we’re not local or national, we’re incorporated. We have different traditions and rules, we never recruit. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to even become a Delta.”
There is a standard requirement that pledges must be of sophomore status, have a 2.5 grade point average and have 25 hours of community service. Traditionally, the sorority has resulted from a collective effort of black collegiate women but all nationalities are welcome and others have joined and are valued members.
Brown said she became familiar with Delta Sigma Theta through her family members who were members. “I never wanted to be anything else, I knew Delta Sigma Theta was for me. You have to want it to become a member.”
She supported her decision to join by saying that the current members of the sorority inspired her but also by the prominent figures that have been part of the sorority.
The sorority is hugely based on community service and public projects. Last semester, it participated in Club Fair with a voter registration drive. This semester the group prepared a Halloween program for the Hillview Acres Children’s Home in Ontario and is focusing on connecting with a home to mentor through The David and Margaret Home in La Verne.
Brown said there is a long-term benefit to joining the Deltas. “The basic sisterhood is a life-long commitment, it’s like a marriage,” she said. “Greek love is a whole different life, a secret sorority.”
Anyone interested in information on the Delta Sigma Theta sorority can contact Brown through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.