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Five-Point Programmatic Thrust CommitteesCommittee Chair(s)
Economic DevelopmentMichelle Brown
Educational DevelopmentDione Ward & Decardra Jackson
International Awareness & InvolvementLanett Brailey
Physical and Mental Health

Syndra Yancey & Stephanie Ruffin

Political Awareness & InvolvementValena Dixon & Rashida Mitchell
Collegiate ChaptersCollegiate Advisors
Beta Epsilon (VUU)   Henrico County Lead
Eta Tau (VCU)Petersburg Alumnae Lead
Rho-Rho (UofR)Stephanie Shepard, Primary Advisor

Chapter Committees

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Adopt a Street

The committee helps to promote civic responsibility and community pride by by keeping designated streets litter-free.

Sandee Smith, Chair
Arts & Letters

The committee promotes activities to enhance the Black perspective in arts and provides a medium for expression of talents related to arts and letters. It plans and executes the following:  Oratorical Contest, Delta Authors’ Pavilion, “Meet Me at the Museum” with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and provides volunteers for the Richmond Folk Festival, Kwanzaa Kollective and the Arts and Culture Xpo.

Antoinette Rogers, Chair

Leslie Lewis, Co-Chair

Collegiate Advisory Council

The Collegiate Advisory Council shall consist of those sorors certified to serve as collegiate advisors and the Vice-President for Scholarship. The Council shall be convened by the Vice -President for Scholarship. The Collegiate Advisory Council will encourage those who demonstrate leadership skills and who meet the requirements, to seek advisor’s certification.

Bernita Williams, Chair


Delta Academy

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century – Delta Academy is a program for at risk females ages 11-14 to save from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. The committee encourages success in math, science, and technology.  We have programs around self-esteem, sisterhood and community service.  A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.

Delta GEMS

Delta G.E.M.S  (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)

Delta Gems was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.

The goals for Delta GEMS are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically; To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
  • To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures high school and beyond; and To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components:

  1. Scholarship
  2. Sisterhood
  3. Show Me the Money
  4. Service
  5. Infinitely Complete, forming a road map for college and career planning.
Shiron Haskins, Chair
Delta Pearls

Possessing a broad repertoire of classical, semi-classical, spiritual, contemporary, and traditional music, the Delta Pearls have delighted audiences throughout the Richmond Metropolitan area. Under the leadership and guidance of dedicated and talented musicians, the group represents the sorority at various community activities and provides choral music for its many ritualistic ceremonies

Dana Dargon, Chair

The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and recommendations for change and action. EMBODI will include a program format and information template. The delivery options may include a town hall meeting, workshops, and/or teen leadership summits.

Participating City of Richmond High Schools
John Marshall

Teri Pollard, Chair
Emergency Preparedness

The purpose of this committee is to increase awareness about emergency preparedness activities. The committee provides structures and systematic training for the membership’s readiness, response and recovery efforts. The committee also provides steps for early response and efficient recovery, and develops resources and guidance for chapter members impacted by natural or man-made disasters. The committee provides effective and immediate communication strategies to facilitate and aid in preparedness and response.

Karla Peters, Chair
Heritage and Archives

The main function of the Heritage and Archives Committee is to gather, record, and preserve the ongoing history of the Chapter so that future members may learn of its inception, growth, and development.

Yolanda Taylor, Chair

The Committee’s primary responsibility is to provide hospitality to both members of the Richmond Chapter and visiting Deltas.  The committee is charged with promoting fellowship within the Chapter.

Leadership Development

The committee’s intention is to offer learning resources and experiences that will enhance both leadership presence and leadership competencies.  Throughout the sorority year, Deltas will learn leadership techniques that can be applied within Delta as well as in their professional careers.  The mission of this committee is to ignite the inner leader within every Delta to enable the delivery of greatness in the name of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Estella Randolph, Chair
May Month

This committee helps to foster “sisterhood” by planning and implementing dynamic, motivational, and inspirational activities for the membership.  The May Week Luncheon and May Month Mix and Mingle are among the bonding activities orchestrated by this committee.

Tranelle Pollard, Chair


Membership Services


The committee’s mission is to provide an “Atmosphere of Sisterly Love.”  The committee endeavors to design activities that not only promote retention and reclamation, but sisterhood. The committee’s key programs/projects include the Chapter Retreat, and Sisterhood Month celebration and activities. The committee will also utilize technology to enhance chapter and Delta communication to foster awareness of and participation in Richmond Alumnae Chapter activities and projects.


Anita Roane, Chair
Minerva Committee (Chapter Newsletter)

The Minerva Committee shall prepare and publish a monthly newsletter during the sorority year and assist with the preparation and distribution of bulk and other chapter mailings.

Taylor Roane, Chair

NPHC Metro Richmond

The National Pan Hellenic Council was established in May, 1930 at Howard University as a national coordinating body for the eight historically African American fraternities and sororities which had evolved on American college and university campuses by that time. Its purpose was to help strengthen and advance the fraternity and sorority movements.

Kendra Pugh, Francine Young & Sandee Smith, Members
Policies and Procedures

The objective of the committee is to review proposed and recommended changes to the Chapter’s policies and procedures documents and to ensure that said policies and procedures are aligned with those of the Regional and National structure.

Carolyn Johnson, Chair
Program Planning & Development

The Program Planning and Development Committee is chaired by the Vice President of PP&D and is composed of all officers, positions and committee chairs in the chapter.

Kimberly Dabney, Chair
Protocol & Traditions

Following established protocol enables the Sorority to proceed smoothly, efficiently, and predictably and serves to enhance the image of the organization. Sorors serving on this committee are responsible for helping to ensure that the membership follows procedures as prescribed by the Founders and the National office.


Stephanie Miller & Chartrice Thorne, Chairs

Public Relations


The role of the committee is to develop and execute a plan to inform the membership and the public about the Richmond Alumnae Chapter and to promote the sorority’s projects and activities.

Audrey Berry and Carolyn Chambers, Co-Chairs

Risk Management

The coordinator and appointed team members Oversee the documentation to secure volunteer applications, screen volunteer applications and monitor chapter programs to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Risk Management Manual.


Renee Fleming Mills, Coordinator

Rituals & Ceremonies

The Committee will oversee the proper execution of ceremonies as stipulated in the official Ritual of Grand Chapter. The committee will maintain the properties and recommend the purchase and /or replacement of current properties. The committee will provide opportunities for members to increase their knowledge of and appreciation for the fundamental principles as demonstrated in the Sorority’s Ritual and Ceremonies and Protocol documents.

Constance Thompson, Chair

The Scholarship Committee is chaired by the Vice President for Scholarship and is composed of specific chapter positions and members-at-large. This committee oversees the scholarship program and plan and execute the High Achievers Program

Bernita Williams, Chair
Step Team

The Step Team shall perform for sorority functions upon request and availability of its members.

Courtney Rice, Chair

Strategic Planning


The Committee develops a systematic process of envisioning a desired future and translating that vision into broadly defined goals and objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. Enables the chapter to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that members are working toward common goals. Adjusts the chapter’s direction in response to a changing environment. Ensures the measurement of chapter’s successes.


Toria Edmonds-Howell, Chair

The purpose of this committee is to oversee and advise the Executive Board on matters of innovation and technology. Key responsibilities include updating the Chapter’s website and email addresses, and providing training to Deltas. During the sorority year, the committee supports other committees by assisting them with their technology needs.

Monique Randolph & Kimberly Stevens, Co-Chairs