"Only when we are clear about where we have come from can we be certain about where we are going. When we lose our history, we lose our stability, and our future becomes uncertain.
It is up to us to document and preserve so that we can pass on information to our posterity long after we are gone."
The Zeta Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered on November 11, 1968 by fourteen (14) young college students on the campus of Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois.
Those 14 women were Katie Carter-Bickham, Frances Boone, Glenda Crudup, Linda Galbreath, Sandra Jones-Flemming, Karla Hampton, Dorothy Johnson, Beverley Malone, Adrienne Nuckols, Peggy Stevens-Roberts, Katherine Rogers, Edrienne Smith, Paula Turner, Linda Underwood.
From then until now, the Zeta Iota Chapter has carried on the commitment of public service through the Sorority's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: (1) Educational Development, (2) Economic Development, (3) International Awareness and Involvement, (4) Physical and Mental Health, and (5) Political Awareness and Involvement.Throughout the years, Zeta Iota's history has been captured in photographs and words by the industrious college students and advisors whose vision is to strengthen the legacy of this chapter by documenting and sharing its rich and informative history.