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RRegional Conference Highlights SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION ▲ JUNE 9–12, 2016 ▲ VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA South Atlantic Region S.O.S. – Save Our Schools During the 27th South Atlan-tic Regional Conference’s Social Action Luncheon on June 11, members were giv-en a lesson on the relevance and continuing struggles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As presi-dent of Alabama State University, Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, also the 22nd Nation-al President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., shared her experiences and urged members to speak to their legislators in her keynote address. Soror Boyd reminded members of the importance of remaining activists for the education of our com-munities which includes supporting HBCUs. HBCUs have been a part of the American higher education landscape for more than 150 years. Delta Sigma Theta was founded on the campus of Howard University – an HBCU – and many of its members have generational ties to HBCUs. In recent years, sharp declines in enrollment and debilitating legislation have threatened the very existence of their beloved alma maters. In the South Atlantic Region alone, there are more than 20 HBCUs. “Experts have already counted us out, predicting that the number of current HB-CUs, 101, will drop to 35,” said Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President, in a previous 20 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. message to the membership encouraging them to make donations to an HBCU. “We cannot let that happen while HBCUs have been re-sponsible for graduating 70 percent of America’s Black doctors, 35 percent of Black lawyers and 50 percent of Black engineers. I am afraid to see what those numbers would look like if another HBCU has to close its doors.” In an article for Newsweek titled “Black Colleges Matter,” author Alexander Nazary-an explored the plight of the historic institu-tions. Nazaryan pointed out, “the declining number of students has had a detrimental effect on the universities’ funds. HBCUs only receive a percentage of government money compared to non-HBCUs, The lack of funding forces the universities to cut costs, eliminate programs and sell valuable resources, sadly making their institutions less attractive to incoming students.” Recognizing the impact HBCUs have in the South Atlantic region, Regional Director Andria Jeffries developed a fund-raising campaign to support the schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She appointed Soror Tabatha Tur-man, member of Prince William Alumnae Chapter, to spearhead and coordinate the By Michelle Lewis South Carolina State University along with Livingston College and Virginia Union University received $10,000 during the South Atlantic Region’s Social Action Luncheon as part of the region’s show of support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. PICTURED (L-R): Soror Deandrea Newsome, South Atlantic Regional Representative; Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President; Dr. W. Franklin Evans, interim president of South Carolina State University; Soror Andria Jeffries, South Atlantic Regional Director. PHOTO BY ANITA PEARSON Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd National President, gives the keynote address during the South Atlantic Region’s Social Action Luncheon. CONTINUED ON PAGE 31


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