Like a fine wine, the Nu Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. has only gotten better with time. The only difference is that the sisters of the chapter, old and new, have not been idle. For 40 years, these women have been about their business.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (DST) is an international sisterhood of educated college women who are dedicated to public service with a focus on the development of the African-American community. The organization was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 young women attending Howard University. For decades, the sorority has been one of the most prominent out of the nine historically black greek organizations, formally known as the Divine Nine. DST has over 1,000 chapters including the one gracing Southeastern’s campus.
Nu Delta was chartered at Southeastern on March 15, 1976. They became the first black sorority to be on Southeastern’s campus and began with 15 charter members. Since then, Nu Delta has made several strides in upholding the morals of excellence implemented by their founders. An example would be their big sister/little sister program called Delta Gems where each member of the chapter mentors a local high school girl by teaching them how a woman is to carry, respect and love herself. Not only does Nu Delta contribute as a whole, but members also take on projects individually. Project P.U.L.L (Promoting Unity through Leadership and Learning) is an on-campus organization designed to ease black students’ transition from high school to college that was established by former Nu Delta member Erin Wheeler. Nu Delta’s most recent line of members contain a wide array of women who currently hold or have held prestigious positions in various areas of Southeastern. These positions include but are not limited to current and former NAACP presidents, former BSU president, homecoming queen and a record breaking track and field star. With these new additions, the chapter is excited about the years to come.
Rideia Wilson, a senior communication major, will be the new Nu Delta president after being sworn in sometime this month. She comes into office behind president Keyanta Morrison who has held the position since Spring 2015. Wilson and her 15 line sisters are eagerly working on ideas and plans for next semester.
“With our 40th anniversary coming up in March, my sisters and I are wasting no time in planning for the celebration. I can’t really disclose too much information but people can expect a special dedication to our anniversary,” says Wilson. “Past members of the chapter will be coming to join in the celebration and it should be a successful, fun time.”
With age comes wisdom and experience and Nu Delta aims to continue the saying. This anniversary gives the ‘new’ Deltas of Nu Delta a chance to leave their mark on the chapter and establish a strong reputation for their line. The sky’s the limit for this fresh new group of women and their plans for the anniversary celebration are projected to bring a new dominance to the Nu Delta name.