By Ashanti “Accel” Henderson, Staff Writer
For many sisters, the month of May marks the end of an important chapter in their lives as they enter the real world and reach alumna status. Alumnae sisters realize the value of sisterhood beyond their undergraduate years.
There are many ways to stay active: support your local chapter, join an alumnae chapter, run for national board or participate in the national newsletter. The Jade Times makes it easier to stay connected with sisters with the new classified section launching this month.
Two sisters’ passions for the sorority kept them involved as alumnae. Lillie Madali, a Georgia alumna, currently serves as the executive director for the Delta Phi Lambda Foundation, which she founded in 2010 alongside Hannah Seoh, Cincinnati alumna and former national president. Wilma Miranda, Central Florida alumna, serves as the national board president.
Miranda continued her involvement after graduation without missing a beat. She graduated during a recession and found herself doing odds jobs that she did not care for, but she found joy in volunteering for the sorority and contributed to its development. Miranda became involved in different areas like expansion and marketing and even set up the initial team for The Jade Times. She became the web director for national board in 2007 until 2012 and as the vice president of records from 2010 to 2012. In 2014, she helped revitalize The Jade Times. And now, she is President.
She describes The Jade Times as being “a stepping stone to see what it’s like to be an active alumna” because newsletter involvement is something a sister can begin as a undergraduate and continue with as an alumna.
Madali was recruited from the Atlanta mayor’s office in 2014 by the executive director of the American Workforce Development Agency. She learned the most from her time as vice president of external affairs from 2009 to 2011.
“Volunteering for the sorority has really paid back for me,” she said about the ongoing opportunities she receives as an active alumna.
Madali is committed to creating opportunities for Asian women. The foundation started as a conversation to uplift sisters and reward the people who are helping to make that happen. Madali’s short-term goals are to increase the value of donations and create successful events to raise funds for scholarships. In the long term, she would like to start an endowment for the foundation to provide tuition for sisters instead of just books.
“These scholarships help to create equality and equity for our sorority women,” Madali said about the foundation scholarships.
The foundation will be hosting Empowering Amazing Women at Studio No. 7 in Atlanta on May 13, an event to raise funds and support for the sorority. Madali invites sisters to attend and participate in celebration of the legacy. Past scholarship recipients will be present at the event to share how the foundation has helped them on their journey through their academic careers in undergraduate and graduate school. The event will also support Athena’s Warehouse, a non-profit organization “dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering teen girls.”
For more information about foundation scholarships and Empowering Amazing Women, visit www.dphilfoundation.org.
Miranda expressed how this past year has been focused on the operational aspect of sorority, but she would like to spend more time on strategic things, because national board always needs more woman power. The positions are volunteer. They receive no pay.
“We do what we do out of the love of the sorority and the sisterhood,” Miranda said.
When asked how they found out about Delta Phi Lambda, Madali and Miranda had completely different answers. Madali was eager to join an Asian sorority.
“I felt like I was a part of history because it was so new,” she said.
On the other hand, Miranda was convinced that she wasn’t a sorority girl, but couldn’t pass up the chance to become a “legend on campus.” Yet, both stories lead up to today with these women being at the forefront of sorority leadership and excellence.
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