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SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY, INCORPORATED (ΣΓΡ) Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the midst of segregation and at a time when education for African Americans and women was difficult to attain, our seven visionary founders became educators. They believed that the self respect, knowledge and discipline gained through study would help individuals recognize their duty and responsibility to their society. Subsequently, they founded the only sorority of the National Pan-Hellenic Council to be established on a predominately White campus. From seven educators, Sigma Gamma Rho has grown into an international service organization comprised of over 85,000 women from every profession in over 500 chapters around the world. Inspired by our belief in “Greater Service, Greater Progress,” the sorority's national programs focus on educational, economic, health, and social issues that affect our communities across the nation and in Africa. They include: Project Reassurance, Operation Big Book Bag, Youth Symposiums, Bone Marrow Recruitment Program, Hattie McDaniel Breast Cancer Awareness Program, Habitat for Humanity International, Mwanamugimu Essay Contest, Program for Africa, and Project Wee Savers. For thirty years, Theta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho has provided “Greater Service, Greater Progress” to the University of Southern California. Theta Epsilon Chapter’s signature programs include Sex in the SCity/Cookies and Condoms, Rhoyal Man of Troy, Sundaes on Fridays, and Sigma Study Break. Sigma Gamma Rho is a true sisterhood founded on scholarship and purposed for service. We cordially invite you to attend our events and encourage you to join our mailing list to stay up to date on news, events, and other info at Also, check out the national website at

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