Partners and Associates
Science in Everyday Experiences (SEE) partners include Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Delta Research and Educational Foundation;
and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Directorate
for Education and Human Resources Programs.
Delta Research and Educational Foundation
The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) was founded
in 1967 as a public foundation to serve Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc., and other organizations that share comparable goals. It received
501(C)(3) tax exemption status in 1984.
DREF's mission is to help strengthen and expand the charitable,
educational and scientific program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc., and other organizations with similar community service goals.
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a nonprofit organization
whose purpose is to provide services and programs to advance the
well-being of humankind. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately
Black college-educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900
chapters located in the United States, England, Panama Canal, Japan,
Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Haiti, Liberia, the Bahamas
and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the Sorority are
based upon the organization's Five-Point Thrust:
- Economic Development
- Educational Development
- International Awareness and involvement
- Physical and Mental Health
- Political Awareness and Involvement
The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University.
These young women wanted to use their collective strength to promote
academic excellence and to provide assistance to the needy.
The Sorority holds its National Convention bi-annually to set policies
and to determine programmatic goals. Regional Conferences are held
in the seven geographic regions of the organization during non-convention
years. In the interim, the Executive Board, consisting of elected
and appointed members, volunteers to establish and implement policies,
as needed. A paid professional staff operate the National Headquarters
office in Washington, DC.
Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs
The AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs
(EHR) was created in 1989. EHR brings together education initiatives
dating from the late 1950s. The directorate now includes AAAS science,
mathematics and technology education, pre-K through postgraduate;
programs for groups underrepresented in science, mathematics, engineering
and technology (SMET) education and careers (women and girls, persons
with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities); and programs
of public outreach and engagement.