Dear SDT Sisters,
As I reflect on Founders Day today, I can’t help but think about what empowered women our seven founders were 97 years ago! These seven Jewish Ivy League women set out to create a sorority for outstanding women who were willing to take a stand and make a difference. Today, Sigma Delta Tau still seeks out empowered women and continues to empower our sisters through Leadership, Service, Scholarship and Sisterhood.
Empowering Women Through Leadership – I am very proud of Safe Smart Dating, the innovative program that SDT developed in partnership with Jewish Women International and Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. Tonight I am thrilled to represent Sigma Delta Tau at Purdue University at our final pilot. This program empowers collegiate men and women to work together and serve as leaders who actively take a stand against domestic violence. This program also just received the Laurel Wreath Award from the North-American Interfraternity Conference, which is presented “in recognition of unique programs, community outreach or influence within the fraternal world.” Read more here.
Empowering Women Through Service – Sigma Delta Tau is extremely proud of our partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America and the role we have played in helping to keep children safe. On Tuesday, April 8, SDT collegiate and alumnae women will gather in Times Square to make a visible statement against child abuse by creating the largest pinwheel garden! Please join me in New York City at this memorable event! Updated information can be found on our Facebook page and national website. In addition, there will be a Big Pinwheel Garden in Chicago on Wednesday, April 16. Details can be found on our Facebook page and national website.
Empowering Women Through Scholarship – Our Founders would be proud of the academic success Sigma Delta Tau is experiencing nationally. The National Board of Directors recently increased our national GPA requirement from a minimum 2.25 to a 2.5. This was the first GPA increase in our history. Most of our chapters maintain GPAs significantly above this benchmark, with many ranking in the top three of sororities on campus. SDT has just released a new scholarship manual further underscoring the importance of scholarship for our undergraduate sisters.
Empowering Women Through Sisterhood – This June, Sigma Delta Tau sisters will unite in Alexandria, Virginia for our National Convention. We will host representatives from every collegiate chapter as well as alumnae from all over the country. Sisterhood will be the focus of this weekend and evident through all aspects of programming. SDT will be hosting an alumnae luncheon during the weekend. If you live nearby, please consider joining us and reconnecting with your SDT sisters!
Empowering Women Since 1917 – In honor of our Founders Day today, March 25, please join me by participating in the I Love Founders Day Campaign benefiting the SDT Foundation. Today’s your last chance to win an iPad Mini or jewelry from Stella & Dot. It only takes a minimum of $19.17 for an entry but the larger the donation, the more entries you have. Click here to donate now.
I hope you will reach out today to say Happy Founders Day to one of your very special sorority sisters and save the date, Summer 2017, for our Centennial Celebration…just 3 years away!