The world changed for the better on March 25, 1917. That was the day that seven young women established the first chapter of Sigma Delta Tau sorority at Cornell University. In the 100 years since that founding, Sigma Delta Tau has empowered college-aged women across the country by building the bonds of sisterhood through their core values of individuality, connection, engagement and community.
At Prevent Child Abuse America®, we’ve had the opportunity to see these impressive women in action. In 1982, our organization was named the national philanthropy of Sigma Delta Tau, and in the 35 years since, we have benefited tremendously from the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to service that are the hallmarks of a Sigma Delta Tau sister.
During that time, the women of Sigma Delta Tau have raised nearly $3 million for the prevention of child abuse. Whether it’s through creative events like Puttin’ on the Hits at the University of South Florida or a competitive kickball tournament at SUNY Cortland, the women of Sigma Delta Tau spend serious amounts of time and energy to raise money to make great childhoods happen.
But these women do so. much. more. than fundraise.
They lead by example.
SuEllen Fried, a lifetime member of the Prevent Child Abuse America Board of Directors, is a proud Sigma Delta Tau alumna. In her life post-college, SuEllen has been a constant champion for children and for prevention as a solution. She has written three books on bullying prevention strategies, and in 2002 took her work even further by founding BullySafe USA. That’s individuality.
They foster connections and inspire others.
In an effort to do even more, Sigma Delta Tau helped connect our organization with the Butler University College of Education to create the Empower YOUth project. This project connects collegiate women to serve as role models through Girls Inc., a national organization that encourages girls to be strong, smart and bold. This partnership is helping to raise awareness and adoption of social and emotional learning principles in communities across the country. That’s connection.
They help us plan for the future.
Debbie Snyder, Executive Director of Sigma Delta Tau, has been an active participant on our Board of Directors for the past four years, helping shape the direction of our organization with a unique perspective on social trends and movements seen among college students across the country. That’s engagement.
They continue their dedication long after graduation.
SuEllen and Debbie are but two examples of the many ways that Sigma Delta Tau women continue their dedication to our cause after graduation. Not only do SDT alumnae continue to be present at Prevent Child Abuse America events and spread awareness of our organization in the places life takes them after college, but they also take what they have learned about child development and prevention and pass that knowledge on to their own children and families. That’s community.
We are honored to have a partner like Sigma Delta Tau on this journey towards a future where no child is ever abused or neglected. We know that thanks to the support of these impressive women, we have made even greater strides in recognition of child abuse as a problem and awareness of prevention as a solution. We are humbled to have received the support, donations, and dedication from Sigma Delta Tau that we have enjoyed since 1982.
And lastly, we are thrilled to congratulate one of our greatest partners on their 100 year anniversary. Happy 100th Founders Day, Sig Delts!