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Ohio University reinstates Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Founded on Oct. 5, 1963, Epsilon Iota chapter is University’s first historically Black Greek Letter sorority
Monica Chapman | Oct 5, 2017

Earlier today, Ohio University formally approved the reinstatement of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The reinstatement falls on the 54th anniversary of the organization’s founding at Ohio University, marking yet another milestone in the social sorority’s history.

Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina approved the reinstatement upon the unanimous recommendation of the Sorority & Fraternity Life Committee. Reviewers noted the organization’s academic accomplishments, national programs and commitment to service as factors that contributed to their recommendation.

“Delta Sigma Theta has a rich history at OHIO, and we are confident that the organization’s reinstatement will enhance student life by providing another avenue for women to get involved with the Sorority & Fraternity Life community,” Pina said. “We look forward to the ways in which the chapter will strengthen our University family as a whole moving forward.”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization of college educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. The Epsilon Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was the first historically Black Greek Letter sorority founded at OHIO. A formal rush meeting will be held on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in Grover W115.

With the addition of Delta Sigma Theta, OHIO’s Sorority and Fraternity Life community now recognizes 36 organizations. At the end of Spring 2017, total membership of social sororities and fraternities comprised 14.5 percent of OHIO’s undergraduate population, with over 2,500 affiliated students—the highest student affiliation for OHIO’s social fraternities/sororities in the past 20 years. According to Assistant Director for Sorority and Fraternity Life Kristen Kardas, that number continues to climb.

“I am very excited about the continual growth and expansion of our Sorority & Fraternity Life Community,” Kardas said. “Adding more organizations provides more options for potential, interested members to find a connection with an organization on campus and feel a sense of belonging.”

The contributions of OHIO’s Sorority & Fraternity Life Community are also on the rise. In 2016-17, members of OHIO’s social sororities/fraternities contributed 32,368 hours of community service and raised more than $112,500 in philanthropic donations, an increase of $8,000 from the previous academic year.

OHIO’s Epsilon Iota chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was suspended in February 2012 due to hazing related behaviors. Based on the organization’s past, the four years following reinstatement will be a probationary period. During this time, all new members of the chapter will be required to undergo training on hazing prevention.

“Fraternities and sororities, as lifetime membership, values-based organizations, provide students with opportunities to grow and develop in unique ways as leaders,” said Assistant Dean of Students and Campus Programs Char Kopchick. “The reinstatement of Delta Sigma Theta will supplement and expand the wonderful impact that these organizations are making in the lives of students every day.”

For more information on Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., visit http://www.deltasigmatheta.org/