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National Second Vice President, Brittani Blackwell Shares Her Vision for the Sorority JOURNAL Spring 2014 s91 ON THE YARD: COLLEGIATE NEWS On your mark, get set, go! It’s the end of our Centennial year, but the beginning of the next century of service for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. What we do today builds the bridge for the next 100 years. For all sorors who made a lifetime commitment to service when first initiated into our illustrious sis-terhood, it is our charge and duty to pave the way and be the light at the end of the tunnel for new initiates to follow. The light we cast cannot be dim nor can it falter under societal pressures, it must be deliberate and direct. So with the biennium before us and in order to make a difference, my vision for collegiates is infused within our Sorority’s national theme: “Uncompromising Commitment to Communities: Service, Leadership, Empowerment.” So what does this mean for colle-giate sorors while “On The Yard?” s Uncompromising Commitment to Communities: As collegiates, we of-ten focus so heavily on our campus activities that it over-shadows our surrounding service areas. We must remember that our colleges/univer-sities are surrounded by communi-ties in our service area which should prompt us to begin having outreach activities, without compromising our on-campus events. This means regardless of the “Delta Weeks” we hold on our perspective campuses, our commitment should embrace the greater needs of the outside commu-nity. It’s our unwavering service and involvement in all related areas and endeavors concurrently that set us apart from other organizations. s Service: My vision is to start defin-ing “service” by unparalleled deeds that are both continuous and genu-ine. This is not the general definition by any means, but what it suggests is that we as collegiates need to em-brace the underlying tone of this word. “Service” is much greater than meeting the bare minimum require-ments in order to say you have done some form of community service. Ev-ery organization today can say they are community service focused, but what makes our service to our Soror-ity unique? My vision is to start defin-ing service by unparalleled deeds that are both continuous and genuine s Leadership: I once heard someone say, “a person who is committed to a purpose and not a position; is a dynamic leader.” The position of be-ing a member in this sorority should not give you the drive to be a leader. Instead, being a leader gives you the drive to be a better member. We need to re-establish our collegiate reputa-tion to a time where our involvement and presence spoke for itself, and boisterous tactics were not needed. My vision is for collegiate chap-ters to attract their campuses’ brightest leaders, innovators, game-changers and activists. It is up to us as collegiate members to lead by example and be evidence of what we want in our sorority. This requires Brittani Blackwell


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