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About SJA

The San Jose Alumnae Chapter (SJA) was chartered by 17 dynamic professional women on November 8, 1970 in San Jose, California.  During the past 50 years, SJA has embraced change and cultivated its expanding membership.  Today, with over 70 members, the chapter remains in the forefront: crafting the debate on public policy and social issues, creating opportunities for higher quality education through the provision of annual scholarships and innovative youth development programs, and stimulating economic growth through its evolving and diverse community-based partnerships in Santa Clara's County.


Emulating the original 22 Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the members of SJA continue to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to persons in most need through distinct programs that emphasize economic and educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement. Collectively, the officers and members of the San Jose Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., tremendously value the extraordinary opportunity to respond to the growing needs of the community through a passionate, unified commitment to public service.

SJA's Visionary Charter Members

Gloria Speight, President

Evelyn Carter, Vice President

Catherine Lewis, Corresponding Secretary

Constance Duhe, Seargent-at-Arms

Gertrude Clay, Parliamentarian

Gail Henly, Chaplin

Sandra Shelton, Journalist

Esther Wilson, Custodian

Eloris Daniels

Betty Goldsberry

Stenetta Taylor

Shirley Frazier

Shirley Moss

Peggy West

Mildred Benson

Betty Jones

Mildred Robinson

Chapter Highlights

Black history book collection presented to Santa Clara County Library System

"Focus on Black Ladies" mural created and displayed in conjunction with the Afro-American Cultural and Historical Society of Newark

The first annual Jabberwock was co-chaired by Sorors Marcia Joyner and Delores East

Minority Women's Conference: "Challenges, Changes, and New Directions" was held in cooperation with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the National Council of Negro Women


School America, a Read-A-Thon, was sponsored in conjunction with the San Jose Public Library

Harambee (meaning, "A call to unity and collective work") became the chapter's annual signature scholarship event and has since raised well over $150,000 in college scholarship monies for local high school students


August 2007, San Jose Alumnae, in conjunction with Eta Omega Chapter, hosted the 46th Farwest Regional Conference in Santa Clara



Purposeful Women of Virtue

The Past Presidents of SJA

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