STATEN ISLAND ALUMNAE CHAPTER
Staten Island Alumnae Chapter (SIAC) was chartered on January 20, 1996 by 23 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is affectionately known in New York as the "little chapter with the big heart." Within the first six months of our chartering, SIAC awarded its first college scholarship, provided mentoring and tutorial support to students, and organized our first May Week program. In 1997, at the Eastern Regional Conference, we received the Eastern Region Social Action Award and in 1999, the Chapter of the Year Award.
In realizing our mission to provide programs and services to the Staten Island community, SIAC provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through our Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust - Economic Development, Physical and Mental Health, Educational Development, Political Awareness and Involvement and International Awareness and Involvement, and over the past 20 years, has implemented several projects and signature programs such as the Thanksgiving Food Baskets, The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, Delta GEMS, EMBODI, Kings Who Cook, Community Christmas parties with the Staten Island Mental Health Society and local churches, and The Melody Scott-Decuir Annual College Scholarship in memory of our beloved chapter member, where we have awarded over $20,000 in scholarship monies to high school seniors on Staten Island. We have also dedicated considerable time to building coalitions and developing substantive programming through community collaboration and partnerships. Currently, SIAC is in partnership with The Sisterhood, Staten Island Black Heritage, The College of Staten Island and we have also worked with Councilmember Debi Rose’s office on various initiatives. Through these partnerships, we have co-sponsored a leadership development conference for teen and tween girls as well as community forums on the affordable care act, domestic violence, health and wellness, the roles of elected officials, voter suppression and the voting process, the workings of municipal government and many other topics. We have also participated annually in the American Cancer Society’s, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and in 2017 marked the second year that we have partnered with The Pride Center of Staten Island on their annual candlelight vigil to recognize World Aids Day.
SIAC has also developed the Teresa A. Gallishaw Undergraduate Mentoring program for Black and Latino women attending the College of Staten Island in memory of our beloved chapter member. We have also continued to serve the community by volunteering monthly at the soup kitchen and pantry at Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church and have donated turkeys and other food supplies to Project Hospitality. We also kicked off in 2017 our first annual diaper drive to benefit various organizations and families across Staten Island. Project Hospitality was our inaugural organization for the diaper drive. We have also started an economic development program were we have supported small and minority-owned businesses on Staten Island through our annual Small Business Crawl during the busy Thanksgiving shopping weekend and have also introduced and facilitated the dfree financial freedom workshop series.
Following in our Founders footsteps and guided by our Sorority’s national initiatives, SIAC remains committed to supporting our local community and looks forward to another 20 years and more of making a positive impact within the Staten Island community through relevant programs, service, and collaboration with a spirit of sisterhood.