Theta Delta Sigma Vision
A transformed world where all people come together and everyone can thrive.
Theta Delta Sigma Mission
Theta Delta Sigma advocates for diversity awareness, supports personal development, and aims to build a lifelong bond among individuals of all backgrounds who are empowered to be inclusive leaders committed to shifting society by uplifting marginalized communities and transforming the world.
Pillars of Foundation
Our Core Values
Each member of Theta Delta Sigma has taken an oath to uphold Theta Delta Sigma’s core values in their daily lives. By living our values, we are able to publicly demonstrate what it means to be Theta Delta Sigma.
Theta Delta Sigma was founded at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York on April 15, 2001 by fourteen, diverse, undergraduate men and women. It was the initiative and leadership of Jamel Catoe, that brought these individuals together with a single vision, a rare vision, of uniting people of all backgrounds in a lifelong bond of Siblinghood. Though there were many fraternities and sororities already in existence on this North American campus, our Founders were not interested in being part of organizations that were rooted in exclusion and a long history of human degradation.
Our Founding Siblings
These fourteen individuals, each diverse and strong, set the foundation and are revered as the Founders of Theta Delta Sigma:
- Jamel Catoe, Genesis
- Ritchie G. Chavez (Lopez), Athena
- Kimberly Cheng (Hom), Megami
- Gilbert F. Chu, G-Spot
- Yvonne Gong (Mei), Twinkie
- Michael C.M. Liu, Anti-Hush
- Cecilia R. Mejia, Enigma
- Brian J. Phillips, Goomba
- Naudeya T. Richards, Dymples
- Melissa Tang (Chu), Nimbus
- Joey Z. Tsao, Fyne Chyna*
- Iris Wangpataravanich (Yip), Tenshi
- Jim Wong, Swish
- Judy Wong (Hessel), Passion
From inception, Jamel Catoe “Genesis” envisioned an organization that was a part of society rather than apart from. The decision to include Society, rather than Fraternity, as part of the name of the organization was intentional and reflective of this goal. Though membership in Theta Delta Sigma is selective, Theta Delta Sigma is inclusive and exists for the sake of society.
Theta Delta Sigma was recognized under the laws of the State of New York as a non-profit organization on March 24, 2003, and became Theta Delta Sigma Society, Incorporated. Today, Theta Delta Sigma has grown beyond the boundaries of its western New York campus and the Siblinghood has expanded to college campus and communities throughout the United States. Since 2001, Theta Delta Sigma has established entities in seven states and has had the privilege of operating chapters at 15 locations.
Making Theta Delta Sigma Flourish
Though there have been many challenges, much of the success of the organization is attributed to Transcendent Siblings whose commitment to the founding vision remains steadfast. Although they are not Founders, there are siblings who have worked tirelessly alongside Genesis to advance the mission, carry forward the vision, and continuously do their all to see Theta Delta Sigma flourish. Their significant contributions of time, talent, and treasure have carried Theta Delta Sigma through the darkness and into the light.
The following siblings are esteemed as the Torchbearers of Theta Delta Sigma:
- Gorys N. Moya, Catalyst (Spring 2008, Delta – Charter)
- Dailisha E. Rodriguez, Supernova (Summer 2009, Delta – Gamma)
Since their initiation, the Torchbearers have been highly involved and their impact is undeniable. They have held multiple leadership roles, volunteered in expansion and growth efforts, and engaged in critical conversations and decisions that have shaped Theta Delta Sigma into the transformative organization that it is today. Torchbearers, like our Founders, have paved the way for Theta Delta Sigma and have solified themselves as an integral part of our history. Torchbearers are deserving of our utmost recognition and respect.