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Sigma Delta Tau
SDT crest.jpg
Founded March 25, 1917 (1917-03-25) (92 years ago)
Cornell University, (Ithaca, New York)
Type Social
Scope National
Mission Statement "It shall be the purpose of this fraternal organization to form a close social and fraternal union of those of similar ideals and to foster, maintain and instill such ideals in the hearts of its members as will result in actions worthy of the highest precepts of true womanhood, democracy and humanity."
Motto Patriae Multae Spes Una
One Hope of Many People
Colors      Cafe au Lait

     Old Blue

Symbol Torch
Flower Golden Tea Rose
Jewel Lapis Lazuli
Publication The Torch
Philanthropy Prevent Child Abuse America
Chapters 90+
Members 40,000+ collegiate
Mascot Teddy Bear
Headquarters 714 Adams Street
Carmel, Indiana, USA

Sigma Delta Tau (ΣΔΤ) is a national sorority and member of the National Panhellenic Conference, was founded March 25, 1917 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The original name, Sigma Delta Phi, was changed after the women discovered a sorority with the same name already existed. Today, Sigma Delta Tau has over 40,000 initiates from over 90 chapters around the United States.

Sigma Delta Tau was founded by 7 Jewish women; Dora Bloom Turteltaub, Amy Apfel Tishman, Marian Gerber Greenberg, Grace Srenco Grossman, Inez Ross, Regene Freund Cohane, Lenore Rubinow. There is no religious requirement for membership to the sorority, nor is it affiliated with any one religion. Colors are cafe au lait and old blue. Symbol is the Torch, as is the name of the national publication.

The national philanthropy of Sigma Delta Tau is PCAA (Prevent Child Abuse America).



The membership badge is represented by the torch.

The current badge is a jeweled gold torch. On the front of the torch are the Greek letters ΣΔΤ, with 6 pearls and a diamond. The badge is worn strictly as an emblem of membership and only by initiated members.

Badge worn by members

New Members of Sigma Delta Tau wear a different badge, a gold torch enameled in old blue, representing the colors of the sorority, cafe au lait and old blue. The new member pin is only worn during the new member period, after which it is returned to the chapter.

The teddy bear is the official mascot of Sigma Delta Tau. The official flower is the golden tea rose and the sorority jewel is the lapis lazuli. The sorority coat of arms combines all the elements of Sigma Delta Tau.

Mission statement

The mission of Sigma Delta Tau is to enrich the college experience of women of similar ideals, to build lasting friendships and to foster personal growth. Sigma Delta Tau shall encourage each member by providing intellectual, philanthropic, leadership and social opportunities within the framework of mutual respect and high ethical standards.


At the 1982 National Convention, the convention body unanimously agreed to adopt Prevent Child Abuse America as Sigma Delta Tau's National Philanthropy. Prevent Child Abuse America is a voluntary organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse through citizen action.

Each Sigma Delta Tau chapter conducts an annual service project, educational program, or major fund raiser for the benefit of Prevent Child Abuse America. Together, the SDT chapters contribute more than $50,000 each year to their National Philanthropy.

April is "Child Abuse Prevention" Month. Many Sigma Delta Tau chapters participate in the National Blue Ribbon Campaign. Blue ribbons are distributed on campuses across the country to help spread the awareness of child abuse to undergraduates everywhere.

Notable alumnae



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