Soror ashley Gilmore

Soror ashley Gilmore

A message from our president


Greetings Sorors, and friends of the Gamma Chapter,

I am overwhelmed with joy as I have the privilege of greeting the University of Pennsylvania as the 2019-2020 President of the Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Our resplendent organization has maintained an unwavering commitment to public service since its inception on January 13, 1913.  It was then that twenty-two African American, collegiate women founded our dynamic sisterhood, which would establish programs dedicated to Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.  Our Sorority has an unparalleled legacy of excellence that the women of the Gamma Chapter are wholeheartedly determined to uphold as we commit ourselves to Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service. 

The Glorious Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, chartered on March 1918 at the University of Pennsylvania, was the third chapter of the Sorority to be established. The Gamma Chapter also made history as the first Black Greek organization founded on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Our Charter members were prominent leaders for African-American achievement during a crucial period in our nation’s history. Soror Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander was the first African-American woman in the United States to obtain a Ph.D. in Economics. Not only was Soror Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander the first woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, but she was also the first black woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar. Both Soror Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander and Soror Anna Johnson Julian, the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, went on to become Delta Sigma Theta’s First and Fourth National Presidents, respectively.

The women of the Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hold deep admiration and high regard for the Sorors who came before us and created this rich legacy.  We take very seriously the lifetime commitment that we have made to our organization as we are striving to continue a tradition of high achievement. The efforts of the Gamma Chapter have not gone unnoticed as we have received awards for Chapter of the Year, Advisor of the Year, Physical and Mental Health Program of the Year, the Lois Lawrence Moses Award for Academic Excellence and several others in years past. We hope to continue improving upon our chapter’s traditional programs and promoting our national initiatives.

On behalf of the Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, I invite you to learn more about our organization on a local and national level. Feel free to contact the chapter via email at or leave a message in our guestbook with any questions or concerns. We ask that you come out to support the Gamma Chapter at our events and programs as we kick off our year-long initiative dedicated to Reaching New Heights! To everyone who has supported us in the past and continues to support our efforts, thank you! We hope that you find inspiration in our unique and powerful history. Have a wonderful year!