Eastern Region Collegiates Unite, Make BOSS Moves


Submitted By: De’Jah Gross, Eastern Regional Journalist Committee Collegiate Member

Eastern Regional Representative Nadege DeBrosse hosted Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s first virtual collegiate retreat on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Elevating BOSS (Bringing Overall Success to our Sisters) MOVES in THE EAST had more than 90 attendees andstarted the morning with a powerful meditation from 22nd National President Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Elizabeth Boyd. Collegiates also heard greetings from 16th National President Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley, Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring, National Secretary Elsie Cooke-Holmes and National President & CEO Beverly Evans Smith.

The retreat, which was all about bringing overall success to the region’s colligates, consisted of eight sessions designed to help them be successful at “Being Bold Outstanding Sorors In Service.”

As a result, attendees were challenged by President Smith to Be BOLD: You have nothing to lose. Also, to Be OUTSTANDING: Understand what outstanding means to you.

After introductions, attendees were divided into two breakout room workshops. Graduating seniors attended “Elevating Postgrad” and sophomores and juniors participated in “Balancing Boss Moves.”

During “Elevating Postgrad,” seniors had the opportunities to speak with recent graduates such as Immediate Past National Second Vice President Jaria Martin, Immediate Past Eastern Region Representative Faith Wade, Petra Holness a Spring 2020 initiate of Xi Phi at SUNY at Albany, and Nisani Lopez, a Spring 2018 initiate of Mu Beta at George Washington University and member of Nassau Alumnae Chapter, N.Y.

Attendees discussed ways to balance being a senior, holding positions in their chapters, using resources on and off campus, looking for job opportunities, and connecting with alumnae chapters after graduation. The group also shared experiences relating to maintaining their mental health.

“We all are planners. Yes, plan and work toward what you want to do, but God has a beautiful plan, and it is unfolding before you. God will destine you with what is for you,” were a few inspirational words from Martin.

Each workshop was graciously moderated by the State Facilitators. Presenters included Dynamic Eastern Region Member of Scholarship and Standards Dr. Marie-Carmel Durandisse Pressley, and Co-Chairs of Eastern Region Advisor Taskforce Joylin Primus Armstrong and Karen Du-Bios-Walton, who shared great information on understanding the Roles and Relationships with advisors. In addition, they shared ways to balance school, life, and Delta, navigate what leadership and balance looks like, mental health tips, and how to balance your perception vs. reality. The discussions were followed by poll questions that allowed collegiates to share their insight on each topic.

Collegiate Member Regional Social Action Committee Cameron Battle-Bradshaw gave a great presentation sharing with the collegiates best practices for social action and community service programing during the pandemic. Collegiate Member Regional Nominating Committee Jewel Mays-Reid offered insight on elected and appointed leadership opportunities in the sorority, while Lakisha Scott, Director of Customer Support Service Center at National Headquarters who is also a member of the sorority, shared some amazing tips and tricks on navigating the RedZone. The final session was a caucus that allowed collegiates from each state to gather with their peers and share thoughts, ideas and needs with their respective State Facilitators.

Collegiates also received greetings and words of encouragement from National First Vice President Cheryl A. Hickmon in advance of the additional sessions which included:

  • Community Service and Social Action Amongst COVID-19
  • Elevating Leadership in THE EAST
  • Making Boss Moves in the RedZone 101
  • Elevating State Moves

Important Tips from “Balancing BOSS MOVES:”

  • Speak your truth and practice self-care
  • “It’s ok to ask for help. Reach out to your Delta network (Line Sisters, Chapter advisors, State Coordinator/ Facilitator, Regional Director/Representative) don’t sell yourself short by not reaching out,” encouraging words from Collegiate Member Regional Nominating Committee Jewel Mays-Reid
  • Win real improvements in people’s lives
  • Imbalance leads to stress
  • Know Your Power- Your Voice Matters

After an eventful day, collegiates had additional time to fellowship with one another by participating in a slumber party!


Submitted By: De’Jah Gross, Eastern Regional Journalist Committee Collegiate Member Eastern Regional Representative Nadege DeBrosse hosted Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s first virtual collegiate retreat on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Elevating BOSS (Bringing Overall Success to our Sisters) MOVES in THE EAST had more than 90 attendees andstarted the morning with a powerful meditation from …

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