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al Awareness and Involvement proj-ects. During the tenure of the 23rd National President, Dr. Louise A. Rice, the installation of desperately needed water tanks and water wells at selected school sites began in Ken-ya and Ghana. With the rebuilding and naming of the Delta Sigma Theta School on the Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntrye campus in Haiti, we came full circle in June 2013. During her administration, the 24th National President, Cyn-thia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, not only embraced the logic of a seamless focus on internation-al endeavors from one adminis-tration to the other, but called for the establishment of a much needed plan to sustain all of Delta’s IAI projects and assure their long-term quality and ef-fectiveness. Over the decades, IAI initiatives at the national level have been implemented in a variety of ways, but with-out a comprehensive plan for follow-up, routine evaluation or long-term sustainability of each project. Consequently, Soror Butler-McIntyre’s historic pen-tennium of leadership focused on stabilization and expansion of a robust International Awareness & Involvement agenda. The mission trips to southern Af-rica in 2009 and Kenya and Ghana in 2011 assessed the effectiveness of existing international projects, de-termined their current status and made recommendations for continu-ation or elimination in the future. The outcome of SWOT (Strengths, Weak-nesses, Opportunities and Threats) analyses conducted at all sites visit-ed, including new sites desiring Del-ta support, was a long-term compre-hensive sustainability plan for IAI projects. Developed and approved by the Executive Board in March 2012, full implementation of the IAI Sustainability Plan has become a re-ality in the first biennium of Dr. Walk-er’s administration. Chapters were requested to make a minimum $200 donation to support all of our inter-national projects. Since oversight, monitoring, eval-uation s72 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. and permanent fiscal support are primary objectives of the Sus-tainability Plan, routine data gather-ing is essential. It has been proposed that designated Delta leaders and in-terested sorors visit our projects in the “Motherland” and Haiti biennially to conduct SWOT analyses and offer recommendations relative to fund-ing that will be incorporated into an MOU for each project. The IAI committee members from Program Planning and Develop-ment took a trip to South Africa and Swaziland to do an initial SWOT anal-ysis of our initiatives at the Tamboo School in South Africa, TREE (Train-ing Resources in Early Education) in South Africa and the Delta House in Swaziland in February 2015. Across the sisterhood, IAI activi-ties have evolved uniquely, reflecting a diverse array of interests and con-cerns. Presently, according to annu-al reports submitted by chapters to the national office in recent years, IAI activities do not necessarily include national DST initiatives. These data vary greatly as chapters have imple-mented different IAI programs each year or none at all. In studying the data, it appears that the variance in IAI activity is the result of an array of organizational and leadership mod-els. For example, in some chapters, there is an IAI committee that coor-dinates IAI activities; in others, there is not. All chapters are encouraged to establish an IAI committee. Going forward, the IAI Sustain-ability Plan does not preclude chap-ters from sponsoring programs of special interest to their membership and/or communities. In fact, with support for national IAI initiatives as a priority, they can do both. Let us continue to maintain and sustain our IAI thrust at an exemplary level. Finally, for the first time DST/IAI recognized those chap-ters who sponsored exemplary observances of World AIDS Day 2014. This is one of Delta’s long standing initiatives focusing on a health challenge with implica-tions here and across the world. Twenty-four chapters sub-mitted entries and recognition was provided for their commit-ment to the work, as well as the time it took to prepare a sub-mission for consideration. For exemplary 2014 World AIDS Day observances, awards to the fol-lowing chapters were presented in Houston with accolades for their creativity, outreach, im-pact and chapter involvement: D Central Region: Denver Alumnae D Eastern Region: Zeta Epsilon and Baltimore Alumnae D Farwest Region: San Bernadi-no- Riverside Alumnae D Midwest Region: Gary Alumnae D South Atlantic Region: Rock Hill Alumnae D Southern Region: East Point/Col-lege Park Alumnae D Southwest Region: North Harris County Alumnae Another first for IAI included pre-senting pre-conference activities en-titled, “Global Citizenship” for the Presidential Youth Conference at the 52nd National Convention in Hous-ton Texas. s


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