The Purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards: promote unity and friendship among college women; alleviate problems concerning girls and women; maintain a progressive interest in college life; and to provide service to all mankind.
In the early part of the 1950s the idea of a chapter on the campus of Cheyney State Teacher's College was in the minds of a group of young Alpha Kappa Alpha women who had been intitiated into Gamma Epsilon Chapter in Philadelphia and who had graduated from Cheyney. Having become members of Omega Omega, the Graduate Chapter, they worked closely with Soror Mildred B. Dudley, a member of the Cheyney faculty and Omega Omega Chapter to establish the 101st undergraduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated at this University.
On February 20, 1954 the Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was chartered by twenty-two young women: Bettie Adams, Flossie Allen, Shirley Baxter, S. Patricia Berry, Sarah Brown, Phyllis Browne, Carmita Crowder, Jacqueline Crumley, Hulda De Chabert, Charlese Gooch, Verneta G. Harvey, Joan Graves, Genevieve Jackson, Mary Massey, Shirley A. Page, Constance Pettus, Mercedes Roney, Laura Ruffin, Dorothy J. Smith, Shirley L. Smith, Janice Tripp and Sylvia Wright.
Alpha Kappa Alpha's ideals and goals were promoted throughout the early life of the Delta Iota Chapter. There was a continuing concern for high standards of scholarship and character. Delta Iota has made history within the Sorority and its members have worked diligently to make Alpha Kappa Alpha"Supreme in Service." Led by the Presidents of the chapter and guided by dedicated Faculty and Graduate Advisors, Delta Iota members have been very successful.