Wilmington (DE) Alumnae sponsors Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Series 2020
Submitted by Dawnée A. Watson-Bouie
During an unprecedented time in our country’s history, Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter (WAC), Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. (DST), organized to inform, connect to resources and advocate for Delaware citizens. The chapter brought state agencies and community organizations together to provide a series of Coronavirus town hall virtual forums were held on March 28, April 11 and 25, May 9 and June 6. Each two-hour session had an average viewing audience of 300-350. The social media platforms were Webinar and Facebook Live.
A phenomenal partnership with Dover, Middletown (DE) and Sussex County Alumnae Chapters of DST provided reliable timely information during the worst pandemic the world has ever faced. The collaboration also included The First State Chapter of the National Medical Association, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council of DE (IMAC). The objective was to empower Delaware communities of color by delivering COVID-19 health, education, and economic updates. Experts from various state agencies provided comprehensive COVID-19 implications on health, safety, testing, educational continuity, economic and vulnerable populations.
Each town hall opened with Alicia Keyes’ YouTube video, “Good Job” as a musical tribute to front line heroes. Sarah Harrison, Chapter First Vice President, served as moderator for each forum. She eloquently led discussions followed by question–answer sessions. This ensured the voices of Delaware citizens were captured and responded to in a timely and informative manner. Stephanie Toland-Mayo, Chapter President, opened each forum by graciously welcoming the community and thanking all partners, collaborators, panelists, and community participants. She acknowledged them for their genuine interest in empowering communities during this health crisis and time of economic uncertainty. Various religious leaders opened each session with words of spiritual guidance and well-being for all communities.
Various State of Delaware and other leaders participated, including The Honorable Lisa Blunt Rochester, U.S. Congresswoman; The Honorable Bethany Hall Long, Lieutenant Governor, who participated in every forum; The Honorable Stephanie T. Bolden, State Representative (first African American); Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary, Department of Education; Cerron Cade,
Secretary, Department of Labor; Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary, Department of Health and Social Services; Claire DeMatteis, Commissioner, Department of Corrections (DOC) and Dr. Awele Maduka-Ezeh, Medical Director, DOC. Panelists included Dr. Janice E. Nevin, Health Care CEOs/President, Christiana Care; Dr. Jay Greenspan, Nemours-AI duPont Hospital, and hospital leaders from Kent and Sussex Counties. Participants offered their views and expertise by providing up-to-date statistical accounts of COVID-19 cases and the racial impact on Delaware citizens. State agencies also provided updates on plans to ensure the most vulnerable populations such as nursing homes, prison systems, detention centers, homeless shelters and others were protected.
Paraphrasing the words of singer Alicia Keys for the ladies of WAC, Dover, Middletown (DE) and Sussex County Chapters of DST, “Good Job! Good Job! The world needed you NOW! Know That YOU Matter.” Sorors! Good Job! Good Job!
Submitted by Dawnée A. Watson-Bouie During an unprecedented time in our country’s history, Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter (WAC), Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. (DST), organized to inform, connect to resources and advocate for Delaware citizens. The chapter brought state agencies and community organizations together to provide a series of Coronavirus town hall virtual forums were …