The award winning Central Jersey Alumnae (CJA) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was recognized at the organization’s 54th National Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana from July 10th through 14th. The Chapter received a National award for Excellence in Social Action. The chapter’s Social Action Committee (SAC) has focused on nonpartisan voter registration, engagement, and empowerment; and topics such as black maternal health, juvenile justice, gun reform, and expungements. Its “Meet the Mayors” roundtables enabled members to visit a mayor and other key administrators on a prescheduled, mutually convenient date in one town in each of the three counties it serves. The goal of said meetings was to better understand the needs of the communities in an effort to provide continued support and service. CJA is currently preparing to help ensure a full and accurate count in hard-to-reach communities for the upcoming 2020 US Census and has been designated as a Complete Count Committee.
The Chapter also received the national Exemplary Delta Academy award for educational development. Delta Academy is a program in which the sorority members provide yearlong mentoring, leadership development, STEM based activities, and community service opportunities for girls between the ages of 11-14. Additionally, in June, the Chapter was awarded the Eastern Region Cutting-Edge Technology Award for a variety of accomplishments that included E-Attendance and E-Voting initiatives, active social media platforms, and support of the Eastern Region CodeRED initiative for introducing young girls to coding.
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