Recap: Delta Divas Real Talk
Submitted by Arnette Dorsey, Esq.
Are your heels higher than your IMPACT?? Most of the Delta Divas on the Real Talk webinar responded “no,” but there is still work to do! The Eastern Region Membership Services team led a dynamic dialogue featuring Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring, who shed light on the sorority’s Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service; with no time better than now to use the Power in Our Voice to Elevate this nation. Reflecting on Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s 17th National President Mona Humphries Bailey’s mantra, “If not us, who; If not now when?” Attendees could not ignore the events of the day with the violent seize and domestic terrorism at the Capitol. Allen-Herring reminded all that “Delta is here even when our democracy is under attack… It’s ok to be angry, but be angry enough to do something because hate will not win.”
The state of the membership is STRONG, with more 12,000 members, hundreds of thousands donated in scholarship with Maryland leading the way with $252,000, and almost 140,000 reported service hours over the last two years.
Rosie’s Reflections on Sisterhood:
“As a sisterhood, we are different, but our common causes bring the best of who we are as individuals together, bonded by a common cause. Our common cause is community.”
“We measure our impact by hour our sisterhood is working. Do all the children know the ladies in red will always bring the best programs and energy to initiatives? Can you look in the eye of another sister and never say a word?”
“As Deltas we are resilient. We find ways to take any crisis and turn it to success and must use the tools born out of crisis. It’s been amazing to connect Delta Dears who were homebound back to chapters virtual; we must keep that connection.”
Tips to Address the Digital Divide and Service:
“Educational challenges have been exacerbated, and we not take access to education for granted. Partner with schools, both school systems and community colleges. Look at education holistically recognizing the socioeconomic issues the affect a student’s readiness to learn” food, utilities, equipment…and address those needs.” Examples would be partnering with local utility companies, buying Chromebooks/laptops for students, offering virtual tutoring, or partnering with non-profits.
“Mental health issues, abuse, and domestic violence rates are also on the rise due to COVID-19 quarantine, with victims having limited escape due to various quarantine measures. When we think about service, there is so much that can be done. Work with sister chapters so your impact will be felt. Service is what we do.”
Regional Representative Nadege DeBrosse also joined the more than 600 sorority members in attendance with excitement to hear how DIVAS would take these new reflections to the next level and welcome transitioning collegiates to alumnae chapters with love.
The CRIMSON room was on fire! Using the combined thoughts of members’ inspirational words, Kira Sconion, President of Harford County Alumnae Chapter, beautifully summarized sisterhood as follows:
“Sisterhood is the necessary and unconditional love, bond and support from a loyal, forgiving, inclusive and compassionate village of those with collaborative and collective strength and common interests.”
Divas also unpacked some of the difficulties and the requirements to be sisterly even in conflict
in order to build honesty, trust, and respect. Recognizing that some inappropriate, disrespectful, or bullying behaviors are overlooked due to politics or a member’s “seniority” in Delta, Divas looked for solutions. Divas recommended to have accountability partners, use chapter chaplains as support, speak to chapter president to connect to the regional Conflict Resolution team; and as a last resort, refer to the Code of Conduct, which governs all members. All things must be done in love. Are you your Sisters’ Keeper?
In honor of the Regional Director’s “best number in the world,” here are nine questions from all the breakout rooms.
Kudos to the Eastern Region Membership Services Committee led by Tri-Chairs, Sinthea Kelly, Rhonda Carter, and Pamela Washington Parkes. Although there was not enough time to share every group’s feedback and answers, feel free to start these discussions in your chapters to foster REAL TALK followed by REAL IMPACT!
Submitted by Arnette Dorsey, Esq. Are your heels higher than your IMPACT?? Most of the Delta Divas on the Real Talk webinar responded “no,” but there is still work to do! The Eastern Region Membership Services team led a dynamic dialogue featuring Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring, who shed light on the sorority’s Sisterhood, Scholarship, and …