Our Values

Individuality: Enable each member to be their authentic self and empower them to reach their fullest potential through leadership and personal skills for academic and professional success.

Connection: Create a sense of belonging and meaningful relationships for sisters, not only in the sorority, but also within the community and world around them.

Engagement: Participate in a lifetime experience which provides opportunities and a network of personal and professional support for every phase of a sister’s life.

Community: Instill a sense of philanthropy and generosity in sisters and build purposeful partnerships to enhance the mission and goals of the Sorority.

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The Mission of Sigma Delta Tau

Sigma Delta Tau empowers each member to reach her fullest potential by enriching the experience of women/ with similar ideals, building lasting relationships, promoting civic responsibility and fostering personal growth.

Our History

In 1917, at Cornell University, seven Jewish sisters gathered to create an all-inclusive sorority after being barred from Greek life due to their religion. Those women were our founders, Dora Bloom Turtletaub, Amy Apfel, Marian Gerber, Grace Srenco, Inez Ross, Regene Freund, and Lenore Rubinow - the DAMGIRLs. 

Our sorority was founded on the principles of diversity, fraternity, democracy, humanity, hope, and acceptance. Today, our chapter at American University - founded in 1987 - continues to instill these values in the hearts of our members, while amalgamating these, among other convictions, with the addition of each new member.  


Our sisters serve not only Sigma Delta Tau, but the greater community through involvement in various causes, organizations, publications, corporations, and more.

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