Kappa Delta Sorority Appoints Members of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – On July 23, 2020, the National Council of Kappa Delta Sorority appointed 14 members who will join Chair Michelle Robinson McNulty, appointed June 6, to comprise the sorority’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. The committee members were chosen from more than 150 applicants.
“Kappa Delta’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is multigenerational and includes a broad array of Kappa Deltas from every corner of our organization,” said Michelle. “We are committed to discovering biases and barriers which impact the opportunities and membership experiences of Black women, Indigenous women and women of color as well as those with varying religious identities, ability statuses and sexual orientation.”
Michelle served on Kappa Delta’s National Leadership Team for seven years, most recently as a division director. She has worked in higher education for nearly 10 years and currently holds the position of assistant director of New Student Connections at the University of South Florida where she is pursuing her doctorate. As a 14-year member of Kappa Delta, Michelle brings a valuable perspective to lead these efforts.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee members include:
- Michelle Robinson McNulty, chair, Beta Mu-Bowling Green State
- Jackie Bruce, Ph.D., a 1994 initiate of Phi Epsilon-Colorado State
- Lucy Dang, a 2015 initiate of Zeta Omega-Memphis
- Susan M. Drange, Ph.D., a 1979 initiate of Omega Chi-Cornell
- Stefanie Zimmerman Gray, a 2003 initiate of Epsilon Iota-Missouri
- Carly Griffith Hotvedt, a 2002 initiate of Nu-Oklahoma State
- Kim Lewis, a 2008 initiate of Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky
- Brianna Blackshire Miller, a 2010 initiate of Eta Beta-Bradley
- Samantha Mosby, a 2005 initiate of Eta Eta-Northern Kentucky
- Lindsey White Peterson, a 2005 initiate of Lambda-Northwestern
- Lakeisha Phillips, a 2019 initiate of Eta Epsilon-South/Sewanee
- Alivia Roberts, a 2014 initiate of Delta Omega-Mississippi State
- Natalie Rooney, a 2009 initiate of Epsilon Iota-Missouri
- Rose Sall, a 2019 initiate of Alpha Omicron-Queens
- Grace Tabor, a 2018 initiate of Beta Alpha-Virginia
National President Tricia Ruma Spence and University Case Manager Emily Ulmer Feinstein serve as ex-officio members of the committee.
“This is a transformational time in the history of our sisterhood,” said Tricia. “I am proud to be a Kappa Delta and look forward to working with the committee members and all Kappa Deltas to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.”
One of the first projects of the committee will be to host listening sessions to hear from members of all generations, perspectives and experiences. With the assistance of an expert consultant, the committee will conduct a comprehensive analysis of all policies and procedures across all areas of the organization — leadership, membership, finances, operations, programming, traditions and more. The committee also will partner with staff and experts to provide diversity, equity and inclusion education for members and advisors.
Regular updates on the work of the committee will be shared on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page of the national website — www.kappadelta.org/about-us/diversity-equity-inclusion.
Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization for women with more than 277,000 members, 168 active collegiate chapters and 224 active alumnae chapters nationwide. Kappa Delta is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including the prevention of child abuse and confidence-building programming with Girl Scouts of the USA. In 2009, the sorority created the Confidence Coalition, an international movement to promote confidence in women and girls. In 2010, Kappa Delta established International Girls Day to empower girls to reach their potential. It also created International Women’s Friendship Month for women everywhere. Kappa Delta’s national headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.kappadelta.org.