As an organization who’s first public act was to participate in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, DC in March 1913, social action along with academic excellence and public service have been the driving force behind all of our programs and initiatives. We strive to support the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for issues facing our community. This committee spearheads, facilitates, and provides opportunities for the chapter to participate in events, activities and programs that increase the awareness of social welfare in the African American community. The committee has worked collaboratively with various organizations in and around the Dallas area e.g. St. Anthony’s, AIDS Arms, Inc. The Dallas Observer, and the Dallas Pan‐Hellenic Council. Additionally the committee spearheads the chapter’s voter registration drives and political forum discussions.
National IMPACT Day of Service
The Sorority created a global and synergistic ripple effect in transforming lives and impacting communities in its IMPACT Day of Service. The acronym, IMPACT, is synonymous with the primary mission of Delta Sigma Theta that encourages active engagement in public service. IMPACT means “Inspiring and Motivating Public Service Advocates for Community Transformation.” MDA uses IMPACT Day of Service to promote and provide educational opportunities for the underserved, along with highlighting issues associated with Domestic Violence, Mental Health and HIV/AIDS.
Catching, Coping & Conquering
The Sorority has identified key chronic illnesses that disproportionately affect African American Women and their families: cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. In response to this issue, Delta Sigma Theta has developed this initiative to raise awareness on chronic illnesses in African American families. The goals of this initiative are:
- Catching: Encourage screening and healthy lifestyles for prevention of chronic health diseases;
- Coping: Raise awareness about treatment options, clinical trials, and provide support for those experiencing chronic disease; and
- Conquering: Encourage Black women to support research efforts focusing on chronic diseases which disproportion ately affect Black women.