Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority was founded by seven school teachers: Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin, Cubena McClure. The ogranization became an Incorporated National Collegiate Sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University.


It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.

History of Xi Lambda Chapter

The X-Quisite Xi Lambda Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho was founded June 3, 1995 by five young women, under the auspices of Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Oak Lawn, Illinois. The charter members include Sorors: 

Christina Scruggs (originally from Zeta Phi Chapter at Bradley University), Kymberly Sterling, Christina (Calbert) Outlay, Latonya Spiller, Tiwanda Parker 

This marked the day in history for Sigma Gamma Rho in being the only African American sorority chartered at DePaul University.