Deborah Catchings-Smith
International Grand Basileus

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.


Our Illustrious Founders

 The sorority became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to the Alpha chapter at Butler University. Founded in the midst of segregation, Sigma Gamma Rho is the only sorority of the four historically African-American sororities to be established on a predominately white campus. Setting a precedence that continues today, Sorors of Sigma Gamma Rho remain steadfast in their efforts to remove barriers and inequalities through civic service, education, and community outreach as indicated by the sorority's international slogan "Greater Service, Greater Progress".


From seven young educators, Sigma Gamma Rho has become an international service organization comprised of women from every profession and diverse backgrounds. 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.


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.

Sorority Quick Facts


November 12, 1922

at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana



December 30, 1929

Five Regions 

Central, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Western 


Sorority Slogan

 "Greater Service, Greater Progress"


Sorority Colors

Royal Blue and Gold


Sorority Flower

 Yellow tea rose


Sorority Mascot

 The Poodle


National Website

Rasheeda S. Liberty
International 1st Grand Anti-Basileus

Sorority Mission Statement

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life in the community. Public service, leadership development, and education of youth are the hallmarks of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

Sigma Service

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 Big BookBag, 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.


Service on a Global Scale

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.

This website is the sole property and responsibility of the Beta Xi Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

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