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Our 5 Point Programs

Since its founding in 1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family has evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust 

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Economic Development

Financial Fortitude is a financial education initiative developed under the Economic Development component of the Sorority’s National Five-Point Programmatic Thrust. The focus is to implement programs that focus on various successful financial behaviors. The key components of the program include:

  • Credit Principles, 

  • Investments, 

  • Retirement Savings, 

  • Home Ownership, and 

  • Estate Planning. 

The objective is to assist chapter members and the local community in realizing the overarching goal of personal wealth and financial security through an understanding of ten basic principles: Goal Setting, Financial Planning, Budgeting, Debt Management, Savings & Investments, Retirement Planning, Homeownership, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Entrepreneurship. 

Past Economic Development Programs


Educational Awareness

  • Delta Academy (11-14)

  • Delta GEMS (14-18)

  • Precious Pearls (3rd through 5th grade)

  • Embodi

  • Scholarship Program

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International Awareness and Involvement

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has a long history of involvement on the international stage, including the fight for human rights and development of infrastructure. The International Awareness and Involvement committee is charged with educating the chapter and the community on current and ongoing international issues. The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter has supported a wide range of National Chapter initiatives including donations to the 7 nationally approved programs. 

The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter was also instrumental in contributing locally to support incoming refugee populations with hygiene products and school supplies. 

Past Programs


Physical and Mental Health
The Total Woman: Mind, Body and Spirit

As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership but also the well-being of families and communities at large. The signature Physical and Mental Health Call to Action is the Journey to Wellness: Committing our Bodies to Physical and Mental Health program. The initiative addresses the challenges of living holistic and healthy lives. The three-pronged approach to Journey to Wellness includes:

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating;

Physical Health: Chronic Diseases; and

Mental Health

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Political Awareness and Involvement

  • Social Action

  • Delta Days at the State Capital

  • Delta Days in our Nation’s Capitol

  • Delta Days at the UN

Past Programs

Arts and Letters

Past Programs


Activities include:

  • Red Carpet Events 

  • DSTv 

  • Deltas Read Book Club 

  • Advocacy for arts funding 

​The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter’s Arts and Letters program is directly aligned with that of the Sorority’s National Commission on Arts and Letters which was established in 1973 by National President Lillian Benbow.  The committee’s goal has been to actively support, nurture, and uplift positive programming and support local organizations in their artistic efforts while rejecting demeaning and harmful images of African Americans in all forms of entertainment and media: music, film, radio, and print.  We seek to educate the community and promote opportunities for the community to appreciate artistic facets of dance, drama, song, prose and theatre.

Past Programs