President Amy Gutmann

President Amy Gutmann

A Letter From the President

March 31, 2018

To the Gamma Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: Congratulations!

On the occasion of this Centennial Celebration of the Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, I extend my congratulations for the exceptional heritage and legacy of one of the nation’s most storied sororities. To understand Deltas you need know only this: 22  visionary young women founded the sorority at Howard University on January 13, 1913. Only weeks later, they proudly
marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Woman Suffrage Parade – the first suffragist parade in our nation’s capital, held the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson to "march in a spirit of protest against the present political organization of society, from which women are excluded." That was an historic moment for women and indeed our entire country. The spirit and heritage of Delta women shone brightly as the only African American organization to participate in the parade.

Penn’s Gamma Chapter – the third chapter to be chartered and the first on the campus of a predominantly white institution – came into being just five years after the sorority was founded.
From that day to this, the women of Penn’s Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta have distinguished themselves through their dedication to scholarship, sisterhood, and service.

Just a few years after the Gamma Chapter was chartered, Sadie T.M. Alexander – one of the most renowned and revered women ever to earn a Penn diploma – was voted first Honorary Grand President of Delta Sigma Theta, further cementing the deep and abiding relationship Deltas have with our university.

Truly, this celebration of a century of excellence in academics, steadfast commitment to bettering our society, and friendship and sisterhood is not a marker of what has been; it is a sacred promise of what more is yet to come. On behalf of the entire university, I extend heartfelt congratulations on this momentous occasion.

Dr. Amy Gutmann