July 27, 2020
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – 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:
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.
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