DELTA JOURNAL Spring 2016 PUBLISHER Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL PRESIDENT/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Dr. Paulette C. Walker NATIONAL FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Beverly E. Smith NATIONAL SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Taylor McCain NATIONAL SECRETARY Cheryl A. Hickmon NATIONAL TREASURER Deborah A. Jones-Buggs CHAIR, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS Erica Danielle Donerson EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Roseline McKinney MANAGING EDITOR/ INTERIM DIRECTOR, PROGRAMS/PUBLICATIONS AND PR Carolyn McCrea EDITOR/ PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST Bernadine Williams Stallings PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST E. Missy Daniels s2 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Five-Point Programmatic Thrust D ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT To address the need for sustained and targeted actions that promote the standard of living and economic health of African American and historically marginalized communities, the Sorority implements Financial Fortitude – a myriad of initiative designed to promote the understanding of all aspects of the financial system, including budgeting, home ownership, personal wealth management, entrepreneurship, and the steps to financial freedom. EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Delta Chapters conduct programs/projects designed to address the need for excellence in education. On national and local levels, these programs range from tutorial services to the awarding of scholarships and grants. INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT Through international projects, Delta women have been able to broaden their knowledge and understanding of nations other than their own, to increase interest in international affairs, and to aid in developing a greater appreciation for people of different backgrounds and cultures. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH Delta’s work in prevention and wellness translates into health education programs, health fairs and provision of health care services for those in need. Delta also supports medical research that examines illnesses that victimize specific segments of the nation’s population, particularly African- Americans. POLITICAL AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT The Founders participation in the Suffrage March for Women to Vote in March 1913 signaled the first act of political awareness and involvement. Public policy awareness in African-American communities continues to guide activities of the Social Action Commission. The Sorority’s “need to know” and the accountability of elected officials has been the basis for public service programs in this area of political awareness and involvement. The focus has been on those issues that greatly impact the African-American community. Through social action, the members of the Sorority, and their respective communities gain greater appreciation of their potential for influence in their communities. DD D D NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS: 1707 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20009 202.986.2400 www.deltasigmatheta.org The DELTA Journal is the official publication of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Produced semi-annually by the Sorority, the DELTA Journal is designed to foster ideas and disseminate information that focuses on black women universally. The DELTA Journal communicates the programmatic thrust of the Sorority, as well as states the Sorority’s position on public policies. Articles by guest authors do not necessarily represent the views of Delta and Delta reserves the right to edit or reject any article submitted. All articles become the property of Delta Sigma Theta. No portion of this Journal’s contents may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Send all materials for consideration and publication to the editor via email at bstallings@ deltasigmatheta.org with the subject line “DELTA Journal Submission.” Articles submitted for Delta Women, Chapter News, On the Yard and Omega Omega sections must be limited to 200 – 250 words. Photos should be emailed in JPEG format and high resolution (300 dpi). A $20 processing fee will be charged for each photograph. Only one photo per submission/article is allowed. Mail a cashier’s check or money order payable to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., 1707 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, c/o DELTA Journal.
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