Established: November 12, 1922, at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Division: Five Regions -Central, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Western.
Service Channel: Over 500 chapters in the U.S., Bahamas, Bermuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany and Korea.
Sorority Flower: The yellow tea rose.
Sorority Mascot: The Poodle.
Sorority Colors: Royal blue and gold.
It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.
We visualize a world in which all women and their families reach their full potential in all aspects of life and are able to create unlimited opportunities for future generations.
These values align with our vision and mission and represent the intent of our Founders. For the women of Sigma Gamma Rho, this means to always:
- Value the contributions of all members and affiliates-- in unmatched collaboration.
- Embrace different perspectives. We do not compete against each other. Instead, we share an approach where all opinions and options are considered, researched, and analyzed carefully before decisions are made.
- Support each other to ensure Sorors are able to reach their full potential in any endeavor.
- Treat everyone in our diverse community with dignity-including, but not limited to current and potential Sorors, affiliates, staff, and partners.
- Adhere to the Sorority's policies, procedures, training standards and behavior guidelines.
- Speak up and tell the truth as we see it with tact, regardless of the popularity of our views. When decisions are made, we support the outcome.
- Hold ourselves accountable for our actions. We offer no excuses, we accept responsibility.
- Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, accountability and personal responsibility. When conducting Sigma business, we put the Sorority's interest ahead of our own.
- Deliver the best outcomes and highest quality community service through the dedicated effort of every member. We deliver greater value than expected.
- Advance the free flow of accurate and truthful information through transparent communications.
- Foster informed decision-making through open communication.
- Protect confidential and private information.
- Avoid conflicts of interest.
- Work to strengthen the public's understanding of the mission and vision of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.
- Consider our personal image and behavior, because we understand we represent the Sigma sisterhood in all aspects of our daily lives.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin and Cubena McClure. The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University.
Soaring To Greater Heights Of Attainment Around The World, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.
From seven young educators, Sigma Gamma Rho has become an international service organization comprised of women from every profession. Sigma Gamma Rho offers its members opportunities to develop their unique talents through leadership training and involvement in sorority activities. Sorority activities provide an atmosphere where friendships and professional contacts are developed which often lead to bonds that last a lifetime.
Sigma women are dedicated to helping each other and their personal success is recognized in The AURORA and through various awards.
Sigma Gamma Rho's commitment to service is expressed in its slogan, "Greater Service, Greater Progress." The sorority has a proud history of offering service wherever chapters exist, including OPERATION BigBookBag, a program designed to address the needs, challenges and issues that face school-aged children who are educationally at-risk in local homeless shelters and extended care hospitals. The objective is for chapters to provide their local homeless shelters and children hospitals with educational materials, equipment and supplies. Other national projects include Wee Savers, Project Reassurance and Habitat for Humanity, Sigma Gamma Rho built seven homes across the United States in Florida, District of Columbia, Wisconsin, California, and Texas.
The service of Sigma Gamma Rho from a global perspective includes Project Africa and Project Mwanamugimu. Through active participation in programs and through networking with other organizations such as the National Council of Negro Women, Urban League and the NAACP, Sigma's legacy of service to improve the quality of life for all mankind continues.