It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (ΣΓΡ) 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.
Alpha Kappa Sigma Chapter was organized in 1945 by Soror Johnnie Yates Rice and chartered on February 2, 1946 in Round Rock, Texas. There were nine additional charter members, including Sorors Lucille Frazier, Alma Green, Annie Nola Harris, Mary James Dodson Johnson, Eddie Scott-Langdon, Laura Love, Betty G. Poole, Helen Hodge-Taylor, and Lillie S. Williams. U. V. Christian was an honorary member.
With World War II being fought during this time period, the chapter was concerned about assisting needy Black families with food. Thus, one of the major projects was donating boxes of food to several families for Christmas. This is just one example of how the group addressed community necessities when they were needed most.
Currently, we partner with local civic organizations and implement programs and activities to improve the quality of life and provide opportunities for personal development for those we serve. From mentoring girls, to recognizing outstanding educators, to volunteering and serving Thanksgiving dinner at a local church, we embrace a variety of activities to intentionally give back to the community. “Greater service, Greater progress” is the sorority’s motto that we uphold to make positive contributions in our local community. Our chapter is located in the sorority’s Southwestern Region.
Celebrating 75 years of scholarship, sisterhood and service!
We proudly sponsor two undergraduate chapters in Austin, Texas, Alpha Omega Chapter at Huston-Tillotson University and Mu Upsilon Chapter at The University of Texas.
Our Philo Affiliate was organized by Soror Hazel Dean on January 31, 1960. Philo means “friend,” and this group is comprised of women of the highest character who “Provide Friendship and Support” to sorority members.
Our Rhoer Club is comprised of girls, ages 12 – 18, who exhibit high standards of character and conduct. Their motto is “Sisters Forever,” and the sorority is dedicated to helping Rhoers to develop their leadership skills, to learn about their heritage, and to become women of substance dedicated to community service.
Soror Johnson currently serves as the Sigma Gamma Rho National Education Fund (NEF) Financial Secretary.
Soror Nolan currently serves as the 2020-2022 Southwestern Region Technical Committee Chair and the 2020-2022 National Technology Committee Chair.
Several of our members have served in leadership roles at the regional and national levels and have made noteworthy sorority contributions.