MAC Her Story
60 YEARS OF SISTERHOOD, SCHOLARSHIP AND SERVICE.
The Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on May 6, 1962. Since its inception, the chapter has remained dedicated to community outreach while maintaining the high ideals of our glorious sisterhood.
Our chapter has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to many well deserving youngsters. We have provided college and career workshops, field trips, book donations, grants for artistically gifted students, and a science, math and technology mentorship academy.
We are politically active, socially concerned women who host political forums, conduct voter registration campaigns and voice opinions to elected officials. Our health professionals sponsor an annual health fair and each year, the chapter runs and walks for Breast Cancer research. MAC sorors are also culturally conscious; we support the arts with donations to cultural institutions as well as our presence at arts events.
Montclair Alumnae Chapter was chartered on May 6, 1962 at the home of Soror Dorothy Herbert. From a small group of only 17 sorors, the Chapter has grown to more than 100 members. As an organization of college-educated women devoted to public service, the Chapter boasts a number of outreach committees as well as those dedicated to the furtherance of the mission of Delta and the ideals of sisterhood.
Our Arts and Letters Committee supports and promotes the arts. We hold private screenings of movies of, by and for people of color and many of our Sorors participate in a book club. Economic and Financial Development Committees provide information on wealth building and each year, Health and Environment holds blood drives and hosts a health fair for the community.
The International Development Committee helps us to appreciate and understand the African Diaspora and assists us as we contribute to the global community. We participate with other Greek Letter organizations in the work of the Pan Hellenic Council to address issues of Essex County. Scholarship and Education interviews young women from several local high schools and awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year. In addition to voter registration and education, Social Action Committee members take an active interest in the welfare of our community. Our position paper on a local issue was used as a national Sorority model.
Delta Academy our National award-winning, signature program offers workshops and tutorials in math and technology. Each Chapter committee is responsible for a clinic, field trip or a presentation to the Academy. Delta GEMS: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. Our Chapter committees work with the EMBODI committee to address issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyles choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning for the young men that we work with.
These are but a few of the many projects we undertake as a Chapter. We willingly accept our charge for a lifetime commitment to service and we sincerely desire to make all Deltas feel important, loved and at home in Montclair Alumnae.