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s and National Headquarters staff. To conduct institutional research, this biennium the Sorority will col-lect and use appropriate data to as-sess the ideas, needs, and concerns of Grand Chapter in all aspects of the Sorority’s programs and processes. “We have to think of the Sorority as a whole,” Dr. Walker said. From an operations perspective, Dr. Walker is ensuring that all compo-nents of the Sorority’s infrastructure receive the resources to work effi-ciently and effectively. In acknowledging the accom-plishments of the last century, the sacrifices made by the Founders, the leadership of the past national presidents and the service of Deltas around the globe, she said, “We can’t work harder, but we need to work smarter.” Working smarter, according to the National President, includes inte-grating corporate best practices into the daily operations of the Sorority. Also, a comprehensive assessment of the Sorority’s technology issues, pro-jected needs and technological limi-tations is already underway. Changes will be made based on the findings of the assessment. By prioritizing these four key ar-eas, she expects the Sorority to be-come an even stronger and more ef-fective organization. Since taking office, Dr. Walker has established four new task forces as well: Hazing Prevention, Honorary Membership, Institutional Research and Investigations Team. She reinsti-tuted the Long Range Planning Task Force, which has existed in previous administrations, in an effort to en-sure the Sorority is forward looking. As a former regional director and the immediate past National Scholar-ship and Standards Committee chair, Dr. Walker is passionate about ad-dressing hazing. “You can’t legislate behavior, but you can educate,” said Dr. Walker. “You can help sorors to understand hazing is a crime.” The new task force will strive to meet that goal. The Honorary Membership Task Force is primarily charged with ex-amining the Honorary Member se-lection process, recommending pos-sible changes and determining how to more actively engage Honorary Members. The Institutional Research Task Force is in the process of collecting data from sorors to learn about the membership of the Sorority. “We need to know who we are,” said Dr. Walker. The Investigations Team Task Force members will share their ex-pertise to help the sisterhood more effectively examine possible wrong-doing. “We need to know how to investi-gate,” said Dr. Walker who identified sorors with investigative skills from various lines of work to serve on the task force. “We need those sorors who know how to investigate. That’s what they do. There is a difference between fact finding and an investi-gation.” The creation of the President’s Advisory Council on International Chapters is also an addition of this administration. The council is work-ing to meet the needs of international sorors. “We need to look at how we’re serving our total organization,” said Dr. Walker. “We have to look at the fact that we have varying time zones within our organization, for example. We have heard our international so-rors. We have taken their concerns seriously and we will be addressing them strategically.” Throughout the biennium, Dr. Walker intends to meet the needs of as many sorors as possible—whether they live overseas or in the U.S. She will do so the only way she knows how—lovingly and strategically. “We have to stay humble. We have to stay focused. We have to stay proactive. We have to stay produc-tive. We have to preserve our past and fulfill our purpose. If anybody can do it, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated can,” said Dr. Walker. Now is the time…to focus on the comma. s Dr. Walker prior to being elected as National President during the 51st National Convention JOURNAL Spring 2014 17


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