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Delta’s Hazing Prevention Summit Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 3 When asked by the Na-tional President, Dr. Paulette C. Walker, to develop the So-rority’s first Hazing Prevention Summit, the Hazing Prevention Task Force rose to the occasion. Sorors S. Sharelle Dailey and Natalie Tindall, mem-bers of the Hazing Prevention Task Force, led the Sorority’s effort to tackle hazing head on. On Oct. 20, 2016, members of Delta gathered in Kissimmee, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center to “take on the perils of hazing.” This two-day conference themed, “Summit VII: Transparency in Sisterhood: Be All You Are Meant to Be,” would be an eye-opener for most of the attendees as they heard and received historical facts and statistics, interacted with speakers, and witnessed a mock trial geared toward bringing to light the effects of hazing. Approximately 600 members from across the country partic-ipated in the Summit, which proved beneficial to alumnae and collegiate members alike. “The mission of the Summit was to provide sorors with an up close and personal experience where they could vicariously better understand the impact of hazing on them individually and the impact on the Sorority,” said Dr. Walker. “The long lasting impact of hazing is the destruction of lives.” Soror Suzzanne Douglass Cobb, Honorary Member, performed an original song entitled “You Were Meant to Be” written in honor of the Sorority’s sororal bond during the summit’s opening recep-tion. Honorary Member Daphne Maxwell Reid narrated a true story, “Hazing: The Not So Sisterly Conduct - A Legacy for Being Misguided.” The stellar panel of expert speakers included: Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq., president of The Harbor Institute; Dr. Jason L. Meriwether, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Af-fairs at Indiana University – Southeast; and Suzette Walden Cole, risk management consultant and professional speaker for The Harbor Institute. By Carolyn McCrea As part of its anti-hazing campaign and leading up to the Anti-Hazing Summit, Delta Sigma Theta began selling “S.T.O.P. Hazing” bracelets during the 2016 Regional Conference Cycle. PHOTO BY NAJAH GILREATH


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