The Social Action Commission (SAC) promotes community awareness and education on current social and political issues that support the sorority’s national five-point programmatic thrust. The committee advocates effective leadership and self-empowerment to effect social change and public policy.
The goals of Social Action are:
- To develop an appreciation of the potential for influence in the community by African-Americans, especially women;
- To increase knowledge of current local and national issues, so that the community will be informed and effective citizens and advocates;
- To encourage political awareness and participation;
- To influence the enactment of legislation, national and locally, of particular interest to African Americans and women;
- To maintain vigilance over action or inaction by local judicial and administrative agencies and officials;
- To volunteer as leaders in civic and social action organizations; and
- To encourage increased appointments of African American women in policy-making positions in government, nationally and locally.
In order to accomplish these goals, the Social Action Commission engages in the following activities:
- Coordinates the chapter’s participation and involvement in:
- Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital (February);
- Delta Day in Tallahassee (March); and
- Local Delta Days (City Hall & Orange County)
- Coordinates Political Forums during election years (In the past, done in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.)
- Coordinates efforts with the local NAACP chapter by promoting membership drives; sponsoring and attending the Annual Freedom Fund Banquet (November); and during election years, participating in voter registration campaigns and “Meet the Candidates” forums.
- Participates in community service projects such as:
- Youth Empowerment Council through the State’s Attorney Office.
- Civic Engagement Workshop
- Restoration of Rights Workshop
- Conducts workshops and forums addressing current social and political issues.
- Encourages the community to be active participants in the election process and to be informed consumers of the political issues.
Additional Major Programs
Teen Summit: Take a STAND (Stay True and Never Deviate)
This event is designed to empower high school youth by providing them with information through discussions and lectures in a workshop setting that will assist them in attaining future goals of achievement which will include workshops and forums addressing current social and political issues. A sample program outline will cover topics such as: Peer Pressure, Teen Bullying, Teen Dating, Teen Dating Violence and so much more. This year we are adding a special session for the parents to attend. The parent session will cover Financial Fortitude recognizing and dealing with debt, homeownership tips and debt recovery. As a continuation of this program we look to partner with both the City and County in establishing a “Teen Advisory Board” to focus primarily on Civic Engagement Issues for youth throughout the City of Orlando and Orange County.
Financial Fortitude is one of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s newest initiatives under the Economic Development Thrust and was established to promote financial literacy in OAC and Central Florida by providing financial education through workshops and seminars to chapter members and county residents. Through an understanding of the basic principles of financial literacy, sorors will be provided with information to make more “Money Smart” choices for their families and to help empower their communities in realizing the goals of personal wealth and financial security.
Financial Fortitude also supports The Delta Challenge/DST Homeownership Initiative to help members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., their families and friends to achieve their dream of homeownership. Through the partnership between Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Genworth Financial and Chase Home Finance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is taking action to help close the homeownership gap between African Americans and the U.S. population as a whole.
“Financial Fortitude for the Total Woman”