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Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 11 alternative ways to oversee our internation-al programs and projects.” It was during the conference cy-cle that Dr. Walker announced the first Hazing Prevention Summit (Summit VII) scheduled for October 20-23, 2016 in Kissimmee, Florida. Following the theme: “Summit VII: Transparency in Sisterhood - Be All you are Meant to Be,” the Sum-mit would bring to light the affects and repercussions of hazing in an open forum and discuss how it negatively impacts the Sorority. “This is not just a collegiate problem, but to our collegiate sorors, particularly those who were recently initiated either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, take your chapters back. Do not let a schizophrenic Delta wreak havoc on your campus,” said Dr. Walker. Dr. Walker also shared with each re-gion the Sorority’s efforts to become more cognizant of the needs of members who are deaf and hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. Chapters will also be required to make sure their events and meetings em-brace the needs of all sorors with physical impairments. “Just to keep you abreast, we have begun conversation with a soror who works at Gallaudet University so that we as an organization can become more familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements – such as enhancing our current website to address the needs of the deaf and hard of hear-ing,” said Dr. Walker. “In fact we are doing a follow up with those sorors who were initiated into the Rho Chi Chapter at Gallaudet University to find out where they are and to reclaim them if they are no longer active. Similarly, we will place more focus on the needs of our sorors who are blind or visually im-paired.” Additionally, Dr. Walker urged chapters to take extra measures to ensure chapter activities and meetings are inviting to sorors with any disability. The issue of gender and sexual identity as it relates to Delta Sigma Theta’s mem-bership guidelines, youth group participa-tion, youth group chaperones and scholar-ships designated for women only was also discussed during the Opening Ceremony. Dr. Walker assured audiences that the Pres-ident’s Special Advisory Council on Mem-bership Intake is researching the matter. Dr. Walker ended her opening address stressing the significance of the 2016 pres-idential election. She urged all members to do their part to vote and make sure others in their communities have the opportunity to vote. She reminded members that the decisions of the next president could affect our country for the next 25 years. “We need to lock arms with other community organizations whose vision, mission, and principles are similar to ours so that collectively we can and will get on our hands and knees and scrub out the dirt that has been driven into the very marrow of the bones of our communities,” said Dr. Walker. “Deltas we must do what we do – that is actualize and mobilize, and not socialize.” Dr. Walker’s opening address was in-formative as well as motivational. She up-dated the membership on: the Memoran-dum of Understanding with the National Institute on Health; the Sorority’s engage-ment and interaction with FEMA - the Federal Emergency Management Agency; work done with the Project 13 partners; supporting HBCUs; the feasibility of chartering additional international chapters in Canada, South Africa, Dubai; and the action plans of all National Committees, specifically the National Social Action Commis-sion. “The National Social Commission, in alignment with the vision and mission of the Grand Chapter and goals of the current adminis-tration, has outlined spe-cific directives that every chapter MUST follow if we are to be effective change agents in countless communities across this country,” reminded Dr. Walker. I want to thank each chapter for following these instructions and if by some slim chance you forgot that, let me thank you in advance for what you are going to do.” The charge Dr. Walker gave each region in her remarks is sure to sustain the membership for the remaining bienni-um. Her words gave members direction, reminding them of their responsibility and purpose that will propel the work of Delta Sigma Theta through summer 2017 and beyond. Dr. Walker assists with registering delegates during the 2016 Regional Con-fernce Cycle. PHOTO BY TAMIE TRIPLETT Dr. Paulette C. Walker becomes emo-tional from the members’ overwhelming show of support during one of her last regional conferences as National Presi-dent. PHOTO BY ANITA PEARSON


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