WHAT HBCU DID YOU ATTEND?
Howard University – The Mecca
WHAT MADE YOU ATTEND YOUR HBCU?
I decided in the 8th grade that I was going to attend Howard University. I had read about all of the distinguished alumni and faculty and the excellent academic reputation the university. Upon taking the PSAT and SAT, I had what I referred to as a fan mail drawer full of universities across the country that mailed me recruitment material. I was fully aware of other HBCUs as well as PWIs, but I knew Howard University was the institution for me. The motto “Truth and Service” resonated with me.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN DURING YOUR TIME A YOUR COLLEGE?
Where do I start? I learned at Howard University that the professors cared about the students. Our success was their success. While in school, I had a work-study job and was in the marching band. I had to fine-tune time management as well as financial management skills. I learned the power of what I consider life-long friendships and patience while waiting in lines to obtain class schedules along with financial aid assistance. Most importantly, I learned humility.
WHAT WAS YOUR DECISION TO PLEDGE DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INC?
I had always been drawn to volunteerism and public service. That was a natural occurrence growing up that began in church, and I was in a sorority in high school. I had so many teachers while in high school that were members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc that made such positive impressions on me. I knew that was the sorority for me. While I did not become a member of Delta while as an undergraduate, I pledged a year after graduating from college. It was the best decision I ever made. Little did I know I would become President of the sorority’s largest chapter where I lead over 1200 women.
HOW DID YOUR HBCU EFFECT YOUR LIFE?
The education I received was superior. When I stepped on Howard’s campus, I was exposed to so many different cultures and a different way of critical thinking. Social justice has always been synonymous with Howard, and it led me to march to make Martin Luther King, Jr Day a national holiday. I also participated in the 20th Anniversary of the March on Washington as a volunteer. The HBCU experience amplified “to whom much is given, much is required.” We have an obligation to give back.
SHARE 3 OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL THING YOU HAVE DONE SINCE LEAVING COLLEGE?
Three of the most successful things I have done since leaving college are: (1) Supporting my alma mater financially; (2) Working in both local government and non-profits where I have been able to educate women and minorities on various opportunities, and (3) Being elected and serving as President of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc which is the sorority’s largest chapter in the world with 1200+ financial members.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE A YOUNG DELTA SIGMA THETA?
The advice I would give to a young member of the sorority is to be true to yourself and be kind to others. In a world where it is commonplace to tear down women of color, seek to be a beacon of light and support. Operate with integrity and always bring a spirit of collaboration. Take advantage of the leadership development opportunities that will not only make you a better member, but those skills gained will assist you professionally for years to come.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU WITH IN 5 YEARS?
I will continue to be a public servant.