NJEA was proud to host Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Delta Day at the State House on May 14.
More than 90 members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority attended the program, Advocacy in Action: Women in Power – New Jersey’s Leading Ladies.
Wearing their signature red color, the attendees heard from Sen. Ronald L. Rice, Jr., chair of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis, Acting Secretary of Higher Education, Hester Agudosi, Esq., New Jersey’s Chief Diversity Officer, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett, NJEA Government Relations Director Ginger Gold Schnitzer, and many others.
Carol Cousins, a retired NJEA member and the NJREA County Government Relations Coordinator for Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties as well as the Social Action Co-Chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Monmouth County Alumnae Chapter, saw the connection between NJEA and Delta Sigma Theta.
“Many of the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are also educators and NJEA members,” Cousins said. “In addition, our organizations share the same goal: ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.”
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to those in need. Beginning with the 1913 Women’s Suffrage March, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has played a powerful role in advocating for economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.
Delta Days are organized days of political action when members convene to discuss issues and meet with legislators and those who hold public office in order to make their voices heard.
In March, more than 1,200 Deltas attended Delta Days in Washington, DC.