Frederick County Alumnae recognizes a Change Agent and Champion During Black History Month
Submitted by Olivia G. White
In celebration of Black History Month, Frederick County Alumnae Chapter recognized one of its own, Della B. White, who was named a Change Agent and Champion for her outstanding outreach to the science community. Della B. White, Ph.D., Program Director, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was selected by NIH for demonstrating “unconditional commitment, compassion, and understanding towards the Black community.”
On an annual basis, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland recognizes employees who go above and beyond their professional responsibilities to “encourage others by their example and bring more of themselves into the workplace to make it more inclusive.” When asked how she has enhanced the culture within her division and across NIH, in general, White responded, “I have always made it a priority to establish and foster relationships both inside and outside of my branch, office, and division. I like hearing about the important work that others are doing and learning more about who they are as individuals. This inclusive approach has allowed me to appreciate varying perspectives and to be open to new ideas.”
White’s outreach extends beyond the workplace. She is an active member of Frederick County Alumnae Chapter (FCAC). Having joined FCAC in 2018, she hit the ground running and immediately stepped in to lead the International Awareness and Involvement (IAI) Committee. She was successful in helping to re-educate chapter members on the primary goals of IAI and ensuring their efforts aligned with the National initiatives toward IAI sustainability across the globe. She is also Custodian of Properties and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. In 2019-2020, White was presented the FCAC Spirit Award as the member who most demonstrates the sorority’s commitment to Sisterhood, Service and Scholarship with enthusiasm and determination to accomplishing its mission.
In addition to her to FCAC, White serves on the local HIV/AIDS Coalition, and works closely with the Frederick County Health Department and Black Student Union at Hood College to continue collaborative educational and awareness efforts about HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease.
We are proud of Soror White’s recognition at NIH and we are equally proud of her contributions to FCAC and the greater Frederick community. Her commitment to research is evident in her work as chair of IAI,” FCAC’s President Marva Love Younger said. “Soror White leads with passion, energy and a commitment to service. She is a servant leader, change agent and Champion among Sorors.”
White was initiated in 1996 into Beta Eta Chapter at Alabama State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry and minor in math. She earned her Ph.D. in health education/health promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Submitted by Olivia G. White In celebration of Black History Month, Frederick County Alumnae Chapter recognized one of its own, Della B. White, who was named a Change Agent and Champion for her outstanding outreach to the science community. Della B. White, Ph.D., Program Director, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, National Center …