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The AKA Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter Launches Think HBCU Campaign

Special to The Truth

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has launched a national campaign – Think HBCU – to highlight the contributions of historically black colleges and universities to the sorority and society, and the local alumnae chapter, Zeta Kappa Alpha, through its Educational Enrichment Committee, has organized a local campaign – “Support Historically Black Colleges and Universities” I which HBCUs will be showcased as a critical venue for moving students to and through college.

Since 2016, nearly two dozen Zeta Alpha Omega chapter members have formed “villages” and adopted local HBCU students to support and encourage students on their journey to graduation.  Members of the village send cards, text messages, notes and, of course, care packages to let students know they are cared for and to uplift them when things get tough. 

“These students are part of a village,” explains Katina Johnson, chairman of the committee. “Sorority members have reached out to mentor them.”

While most of the contact between students and village members has been electronic, many students have already met their village members for lunch, dinner or casual outings to get to know each other   An official meet and greet was held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Sanger Branch Library to bring students, their families and village members together and to celebrate the students’ academic and athletic accomplishments.

The committee briefly shared a presentation to introduce the HBCU students to those in attendance and later heard from the students themselves who shared details about their HBCU experience and how their village experience has impacted them.  Parents also had the opportunity to share how attending an HBCU has impacted their student. Students received a certificate acknowledging their academic success, as they have either been or are on the Dean’s List.

The program concluded with guests viewing an HBCU gallery of paraphernalia and artifacts and a fellowship reception sponsored by Vito’s Pizza and members of the organization.

Participating  HBCU students include:  Tanevea Bush (Johnson C. Smith, double-majoring in Biology and Chemistry); Brittany Coleman (Central State University, a graduating senior majoring in Social Work); Dannie Duhart (Morehouse College, May 2018 graduate), Myranda Duhart (Spelman College); Jillian Highsmith (Johnson C. Smith University, May 2018 Magna Cum Laude graduate in Criminology); LaShay Macon (North Carolina A & T University, graduating senior majoring in Child Development and Family Studies), Ramzee McGee (Dillard University); Blake Minter (Bethune-Cookman University,  rising junior majoring in Accounting); Jewel Rollins (Central State University, a rising junior and member of the track team majoring in Exercise Science); Joirdin Quinn (Central State University, May 2018 Magna Cum Laude graduate with a degree in Social Work); Deonne Williams (North Carolina A & T University, rising junior majoring  in Business Management)

Committee members: Katina Johnson (Chairman), Cassandra Adams (Co-Chairman), Elinor Allen, Lenora Barry, Pamela Cockrell, Alice Cole, Alexii Collins, Julia Holt, Treva Jeffries, Janae Miller, Cheryl Phillips, Saundra Smith, Leigh Utley and Cheryl Wallace.

HBCU students who wish to participate in the “HBCU Village” should email Katina Johnson at katinaj73@gmail.com with their name, school and contact information.



Copyright © 2018 by [The Sojourner's Truth]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:11 -0700.

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