Cathy J. Walker-Murray

Chicago Alumnae Chapter President

Greetings Sorors and Friends,

Civil Rights Icon Soror Dorothy I. Height once said, “We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.”

And with that, I welcome you to the official website for Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. It is my privilege and honor to serve as Chapter President, diligently working to uphold the legacy and fulfill the promise of our illustrious founders.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated 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.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. The organization is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college educated women. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Republic of Korea.

The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:
 Economic Development
 Educational Development
 International Awareness and Involvement
 Physical and Mental Health
 Political Awareness and Involvement

For more information, visit our national website at www.deltasigmatheta.org.

The Chicago Alumnae Chapter was chartered on September 12, 1959 to service the communities of Chicago, Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn. We have a rich history of sisterhood, scholarship, and service. We deliver impactful programs that align with the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust in order to meet the needs of our communities. It is with a collaborative spirit that we work within our communities with residents, leaders and partners for the betterment of everyone in our service areas. This dedicated focus allows Chicago Alumnae to achieve the goals of the Five Point Programmatic Thrust set by Grand Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Chicago Alumnae’s membership consists of almost 600 Sorors who are ready, willing and actively engaged in working to make a difference.

One way that Chicago Alumnae strives to make a difference is by supporting academic achievement on multiple levels. For example, our chapter’s annual support of the Bud Billiken Parade/Book Bag Giveaway allows us to distribute more than 400 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students and schools at the beginning of each academic year. Additionally, as a chapter we award scholarships to youth as they work to extend their education beyond high school. We encourage and support their efforts with mentoring programs for both young ladies and young men. Another way that Chicago Alumnae strives to make a difference is through Social Action. Our programs promote voter education, voter registration, and raise public awareness about crimes against women such as sex trafficking and domestic violence. Education. Social Action. But we do not stop there. Chicago Alumnae is further engaged in the community by conducting mental health symposiums, blood drives and campaigns that support of Black businesses. The totality of these efforts, and many more, enable our chapter to remain a viable resource of service for Chicago, Evergreen Park, and Oak Lawn. And because our sorority is founded on the principle of giving, we also assist our sister chapters as well as other purposeful organizations in Illinois, and around the country, when asked to lend a helping hand.

On behalf of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter, thank you for visiting our website. You are welcome to stay connected and follow us on our social media platforms. We leave you with well wishes and our chapter vision statement:  

We Are One…. Reaffirming our purpose in Sisterhood and Service!

Cathy J. Walker Murray, Chapter President

The Chicago Alumnae Chapter…serving our community since 1959