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The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute honors the 12th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Noble was a legendary pioneer in the field of education and social action. The Delta GEMS Institute focuses on teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 18. During Dr. Noble’s tenure as National President, the sorority shaped its purpose and identity as a public service organization. Dr. Noble stressed the need for women to become increasingly less social and more social action oriented. Highly respected as a master teacher, lecturer, research scholar, writer and consultant, Dr. Noble held the distinction of being the first Black woman to move through a tenured track from assistant to full professor at a predominately white university, New York University. She was appointed by United Sates President Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford to serve on various National Commissions.


The Delta GEMS Institute is a continuum of services that address the needs of young African American women in grades 9 through 12 with a framework for the participants to discover and understand their individual brilliance by embracing the GEMS theme: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully.

Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute

The goals for DELTA GEMS are to promote positive social interactions; To develop effective written and oral communication skills; to encourage self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-discipline; To foster meaningful public service; including mentoring and networking; To strive for intellectual enrichment; To assist with the exploration of various career paths and means for obtaining them (college and/or vocational skills training); To support talents in academics, technology, sports, and fine arts; To maintain moral values and personal pride while experiencing the crossroads of life. The Delta GEMS Institute will meet on the third Saturday of each month. Dates may fluctuate depending upon holidays and special program activities.
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