By Dr. Sharon H. Porter | November 29, 2023 | 6:00 AM ET
Today's Divine Nine Member Spotlight is sponsored by Judge Lora Cubbage for NC Supreme Court
Join Vision & Purpose LifeStyle Magazine in celebrating the incredible influence of the members of the Divine Nine! Discover the rich legacy and vibrant impact of these exceptional members in our special Divine Nine Spotlight!
From Alpha to Omega, we're shining a spotlight on the trailblazers, scholars, leaders, and community advocates who make up the Divine Nine. Get ready to dive into the history, achievements, and empowering stories of the members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations that continue to shape our society.
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Who or What inspired you to become a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc?
"I wanted to be a member of Delta Sigma Theta since I was 16 years old. I am the proud daughter of a Delta Dear. It was the unwavering commitment to education and community service with courtesy that led me to select crimson and cream as my dream sorority. "
About Lauren Smith
Mrs. Lauren Smith is the proud principal of Orr Elementary School in Tyler ISD. Mrs. Smith has been an educator for over fourteen years with experience as an administrator in elementary, middle and high school. Smith began her career as an English Teacher and Head Basketball Coach in Fort Worth ISD. She has also served as an English as a Second Language Instructional Specialist and Master Teacher in Tyler ISD before becoming the Academic Dean at Tyler High School. During Smith's tenure at Orr Elementary School she has been instrumental in the creation of PTA, increased recruitment of staff, and contributions to innovative initiatives correlating to increased student achievement.
Mrs. Lauren Smith earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication with a minor in English from The University of Texas at Tyler and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Lamar University. Mrs. Lauren Smith prioritizes academic excellence and is the published author of “Thoughts of a Brown Child” & "Next in Line to Lead". She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated and enjoys community service. As the daughter of retired teachers and college coaches, Mrs. Smith understands the importance the school plays in ensuring students receive a quality education that will prepare them with the skills they need to be successful in a 21st-century society. Mrs. Smith has been married for 13 years to her amazing husband, and they have two boys ages 8 and 5.
About Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 young women studying at Howard University. They sought to create an organization rooted in sisterhood, scholarship, service, and social action. Today, we have blossomed into more than courageous women could have imagined, with over 350,000 initiated women and over 1,000 chapters located worldwide.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States, Canada, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, West Africa, Southern African, United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Korea.
About the Divine Nine
The Divine Nine, formally known as, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative umbrella council composed of nine historically African American fraternities and sororities, and also referred to as Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). The NPHC was formed as a permanent organization on May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C., with Matthew W. Bullock as the active Chairman and B. Beatrix Scott as Vice-Chairman. NPHC was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1937.
The council promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other media for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.
Each constituent member organization determines its own strategic direction and program agenda. Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains camaraderie and academic excellence for its members and service to the communities they serve. Each promotes community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.
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