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DREF Supporters Sets New Record for Giving Tuesday Thanks to the increasing sup-port of DREF donors, the contribu-tions received on “Giving Tuesday” (December 2, 2015) reached an all-time high, totaling $23,280.36—sig-nificantly more than the $6,198.70 raised in 2014. This was the fourth year that DREF participated in the “Giving Tuesday,” a day of philan-thropy promoted as a special time to support one’s favorite non-profit organization. Soror Lewis applauds the efforts of DREF Board members for taking an active role in promoting the day of charitable giving and in-creasing the amount raised for DREF. “I want to thank all of our supporters who contributed, embracing technol-ogy to make it happen, and much ap-preciation is extended to my fellow DREF board members and our staff for doing the ground work,” stated Soror Lewis. The Center for Research on African American Women A new framework has recent-ly been created by DREF for its Cen-ter for Research on African American Women (The Center), which includes advancing the research agenda and enhancing the physical space. The DREF board has identified one of its top priorities for the next two years will be “growing and developing” The Center by conducting new research projects on issues pertinent to the lives of African American women and exhibiting informational displays on their contributions to our global communities. The Sister Scholars Advisory Council (SSAC), the advisory pan-el for The Center, will be instrumen-tal in implementing the new research initiatives and educational develop-ment activities. DREF President Lew-is, who also chairs the SSAC, has appointed board member, Dr. Tchic-aya Ellis Robertson to lead the Sister Scholars Research Subcommittee. “Tchicaya is an excellent choice to lead and position our new research activities; she has an extensive back-ground Participants in the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign’s Teacher Efficacy Academy II (TEA II) attended the program’s Pre-Institute component on November 6-8, 2015, in Orlando, FL (University of Central Florida), where the theme: “Teaching from the Heart to the Heart” guided the weekend of professional development. s98 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. in business and research,” stated Soror. Lewis. The SSAC Re-search Subcommittee has decided to use infographics to share data re-sulting from their research projects and will conduct two research proj-ects this year. The topics identified by the committee for this year’s fo-cus include 1) Entrepreneurship: Black women and how they find suc-cess in business; 2) how gun violence is affecting the lives of Black women; and 3) social activism: does it work; Black Lives Matter—responses to so-cial movement. Joining Dr. Robertson on the Research Subcommittee are SSAC members: Dr. Natalie Tindall (Georgia State University); Dr. Riche Richardson (Cornell University); and Dr. Floraline I. Stevens, education consultant (based in California). Other members of the Sister Scholars Advisory Council include: Dr. Goldie Byrd (N.C. A&T State Uni-versity), Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis (Howard University), Brittany Coo-per (Rutgers University), Paula J. Giddings (Smith College), Dr. Bever-ly Guy-Sheftall (Spelman College), Dr. Mary Howard-Hamilton (Indi-ana State University), Dr. Blair Kel-ley (N.C. State University), Dr. Clau-dia Nelson (Coppin State University), Dr. Cynthia Neverdon-Morton (Cop-pin State University, retired); Deb-orah Richardson (Atlanta Human Rights Center), and Dr. Martha Scott Lue Stewart (University of Central Florida). The next edition of the Journal will be published this spring and will concentrate on the Delta Teacher Ef-ficacy Campaign (DTEC), a three-year collaboration presented by DREF and DST to address effective teaching as it relates to student achievement. Dr. Mary Howard-Hamilton, SSAC member and professor of education-al leadership at Indiana State Univer-sity, will serve as editor of the DTEC special edition. Serving as contribut-ing editors are Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, DTEC project director; Dr. Kandace G. Hinton, associate professor of ed-ucational leadership at Indiana State University, and Dr. Mabel Lake Mur-ray, coordinator of Early Childhood Education Programs at Coppin State University. 2015-16 Community Empowerment Grant Awards Congratulations to the follow-ing Delta chapters that were award-ed grants from the 2015-16 Commu-nity Empowerment Grantmaking Program to conduct programs in one or more of the following areas: Civ-ic Engagement, Educational Develop-ment, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and International Aware-ness. Funding was made possible by the Program Planning and Develop-ment Centennial Fund established at DREF; grant amounts ranged from $500 to $1,500 based on the rating score received. Arlington (TX) Alumnae Baltimore (MD) Alumnae Douglas-Carroll-Paulding Counties (GA) Alumnae


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