Purpose & Mission



“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.”

-Sigma Delta Tau National Bylaws

Article I, Section 2



“Patriae Multae Spes Una”

One Hope of Many People



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

To achieve these goals, we will:

  • Strive for excellence by providing the best possible service to each chapter and each member.

  • Join as partners with colleges and universities in the pursuit of academic success for our members.

  • Perpetuate our values and traditions while adapting to meet the challenges of the future.

  • Promote lifetime commitment and active involvement as Sigma Delta Tau alumnae.



Sigma Delta Tau…

Promotes Academic Achievement – Sigma Delta Tau encourages each individual member to reach her fullest potential by providing intellectual opportunities.  Academic training includes a curriculum of scholarship development, recognition incentives and mentoring programs.

Builds Leadership Skills – SDT sisters develop leadership talents through “hands-on” experience in a variety of fields.  Through chairing a project, leading an intramural team, holding an executive board office position or managing a fund-raising campaign, SDT provides a training ground to develop a skill set that will be easily transferable to the workplace.

Instills a Sense of Philanthropy – Every undergraduate chapter is actively involved in SDT’s mission to Empower Women!  Through educational programming, community service, and fund raising events, our collegians support the Sigma Delta Tau Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse America, Jewish Women International and Women for Women International.

Creates a Lifelong Bond of Friendship – The special bond of sisterhood provides a unique connection which begins in college and lasts a lifetime. SDT’s distinctive ties of friendship provide a network of female support in every phase of a member’s life.


Flower: Golden Tea Rose

Jewel: Lapis Lazuli

Badge: Jeweled Torch

Colors: Café Au Lait and Old Blue are our primary colors. Yellow and Spes Blue are our secondary colors. Brown and Pink are our tertiary colors.

Crest: The SDT crest is shown in light blue and gold with a red flame on the Torch, flanked by seven drops to either side and our motto in the ribbon along the bottom.

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