Jennifer Johnson is making Greek Life history at CSU, one member
at a time.
Last spring Johnson helped CSU charter the Tau Lambda chapter,
the 954th chapter of the national Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.,
an organization that values economic and educational development,
international and political awareness and involvement and physical
and mental health.
“We hope to enhance diversity,” Johnson said in an e-mail
interview. “And also give all women, and especially those of color,
a positive image of leadership and an understanding of devotion to
Johnson, a junior technical journalism major and president of
the CSU chapter, said that Tau Lambda, the sixth non-traditional
sorority at CSU in connection with Greek Life and Black Student
Services, plans to focus on the same aspects as the national
“The women that are Delta Sigma Theta are of good character,
involved on campus and strive for success in their scholarly
pursuits,” Johnson said. “… today the women of Delta are of all
colors, shapes and sizes.”
Delta Sigma Theta has been an active part of the community since
1969 when the citywide Zeta Pi chapter began, but Johnson wanted to
bring the organization directly onto the CSU campus.
“This is great because the public service that our sorority does
is concentrated on one spot so we are able to do more and adjust
our events and programs to cater to the community,” Johnson said.
“We hope to give back to CSU just like it has helped to enrich our
lives and welcomed us onto this campus.”
Jennifer Molock, director of BSS, said that she is proud to
support CSU’s Delta Sigma Theta chapter and that many students are
already interested in joining the sorority.
“It’s exciting to charter a chapter and have the opportunity to
be a part of history,” Molock said. “There’s already been an
interest. As a state chapter they already have a presence here and
the women really exemplify community and public service.”
Despite campus interest, the chapter has only four members,
which Khala McAfee, a junior English major and secretary of the
Delta Sigma Theta, said makes organizing events difficult at
“There are only four of us, so it’s been a lot of work,” McAfee
Some of the planned events for the year include a blood drive, a
canned food drive for the homeless, voter registration, a health
fair, career workshops and HIV/AIDS awareness program.
McAfee said that the events planned for the year contribute to
the sorority’s aspirations to become recognized across campus.
“This year we hope to establish ourselves as our own entity,”
McAfee said. “We just want to get our name out there and let people
know that we are a non-traditional sorority and we do a lot of