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On January 13, 1913— during a time of tribulation for African Americans and women alike--twenty-two trailblazing women from Howard University founded an organization that would act as more than a social club. The Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. saw the need for change in our society and sought it rigorously, while demonstrating academic excellence and serving others in need. Committed to impactful community endeavors, the Founders performed their first act of public service in March 1913 by participating in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington D.C. Delta Sigma Theta’s tradition of loyal sisterhood, scholarship and dedicated service, has inspired more than 250,000 women to join this illustrious sorority, making it the largest sorority under the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the largest black women’s organization in the world. Upsilon Chapter was chartered in 1924 at the University of Southern California under the direct leadership of Delta Sigma Theta’s 7th National President, Vivian Osborne Marsh. Since its charter, Upsilon has vigorously served the USC and greater Los Angeles communities. Chapter activities on-campus and in greater L.A. have included, but are not limited to: voter registration drives, canned food drives, inner-city schoolbook drives, service on Skid Row, Thanksgiving dinners, the Watts Summer Games, USC's Spirits in Action, the Revlon Breast Cancer Run/Walk, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, AIDS and STD Awareness Information Tables, AJANI Higher Education Initiative, U.D.R.E.A.M. Scholarship Ball, Hip-Hop Aerobics Workshops, Corporate Seminars, Political Forums and various social events.

For more information about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., please contact Felonie D. Doss at



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