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Delta Iota Sigma Chapter History

Under the guidance of Dr. Parlette L. Moore, Past Eastern Regional Director, the Delta Iota Sigma Chapter was chartered on Friday, April 27, 1962, by brothers; Joseph R. Johnson, Dr. Nathaniel Baskerville, Rev. William L. Baxter, Dr. J. Elmer Dixon, Dr. Frank G. Elliott, James E. Grant, Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Hall, Jr., Rev. Cosbie Marable, Jr., Dr. William J. Massie, and Dr. Sedrick J. Rawlins. In addition to establishing the first Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Chapter in Connecticut, the goals included the reactivation of brothers residing in the State who could implement the organization’s three programs at the time, Bigger and Better Business, Education, and Social Action. Four years later, the Delta Iota Sigma Chapter hosted the Eastern Region Conference on April 29 - 30, 1966, in New Haven, CT. At this approximate time, members of the Delta Iota Sigma Chapter, at a public meeting in the Law Library at Yale University, established a scholarship award to Yale University and to promote the establishment of an undergraduate chapter at Yale.

With the assistance of various graduate brothers in the area, the Delta Iota Sigma Alumni Chapter was revived after a time of inactivity by Brothers Donald McAulay Sr., Reverend Benjamin Watts, Paul Howard, Anthony Miles, and Brian Walker.  Since 1987 the chapter has been responsible for keeping Phi Beta Sigma alive in the New Haven area during periods of inactivity with the undergraduate chapters.  Delta Iota Sigma hosted the New England area meeting in 1995 and partnered with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated to host two major Blue and White scholarship balls.  In the 90’s and early 2000’s, the chapter had mainly focused on supporting the undergraduate brothers by mentoring and guiding them.  As more brothers began to join the chapter over the years, it has been able to expand programming within the community.  As the national organization of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated moves into the next century, the Delta Iota Sigma Chapter has embarked on establishing a new infrastructure that will allow the chapter to take advantage of its non-profit status and broaden its community-based programs and funding.  Our signature programs include: 

 

 

Youth Mentoring: one on one or group mentoring with male youths ages 8-15 years old.

 

Annual Black Friday Party: effort to raise money for scholarship activities.

 

Annual School Supply Drive: collect new book bags and school supplies in effort to help students start the school year

Annual Founders' Scholarship Luncheon: provide competitive scholarship to young black men who aim to go to college

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