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THE MISSION OF SIGMA

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

THE HERSTORY OF SIGMA

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated was founded on the predominantly white campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 12, 1922. The sorority was organized by seven school teachers who shared a vision of true sisterhood.
Today, we have grown to over 77,000 members with over 400 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands & Germany. As a leading national service organization, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.

Symbols of a Lady of Sigma

Sigma Flower: Yellow Tea Rose
Sigma Mascot: French Toy Poodle
Sigma Colors: Royal Blue and Gold
Motto: "Greater Service, Greater Progress"
Call: "EE-Yip"

Sigma Gamma Rho participates in many programs to uplift and educate communities.

These programs include (but are not limited to):

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It has been recognized that due to a limitation of capabilities, resources and manpower, some homeless shelters, crisis centers and extended care hospitals are not conducive to "studying and learning" on the part of school-aged children who are housed at the facilities.

Mwanamugimu Essay Contest

The project is an essay contest. Its primary goal is to provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the historical and contemporary development of Africa.

Program for Africa

A program to provide African women -who produce more than 75% of the food grown on the continent- with grain grinders. Providing thousands of dollars to buy grain grinders for African women to alleviate their backbreaking work, this program is in conjunction with Africare.

Wee Savers

This project is designed to develop an awareness of various banking facilities and their available services. The goal of Wee Savers is to allow participants to become knowledgeable of the real life skills of saving and buying stocks and bonds, ranging from ages 6 to 18 years.

Project Reassurance

The care and protection of children is, first and foremost, a family concern. But when teenagers have babies, the consequences are throughout society. Children born to teenage parents are more likely to be of low birth weight and to suffer from inadequate health care, more likely to leave High School without graduating and more likely to be poor, thus perpetuating a cycle of unrealized potential. Conducted in partnership with the March of Dimes.

Sigma Youth Symposium

Sponsored in conjunction with and in commemoration of Sigma Week, the Sigma Youth Symposium focuses on some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, abouse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc.

In keeping with the ideals of Sigma Gamma Rho, the chapter has supported the following organizations on its campus and in the community:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP)
National Council of Negro Women
National Pan Hellenic Council
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
National Mental Health Association
United Negro College Fund
Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change
Capstone Programs
Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger
Breast Cancer Awarness
Capstone Student Life
AIDS Awareness
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)