On behalf of the officers and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter it is a pleasure to welcome you to our website.
Founded in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is an international organization of college educated women striving “To be supreme in service to all mankind.”
Since its chartering on January 11, 1997, the dynamic members of the Upsilon Lambda Omega chapter have been steadfast in our commitment to honor the legacy of our Founders. As the Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter celebrates its twentieth anniversary, we continue to implement Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® 2014 – 2018 International Program “Launching New Dimensions of ServiceSM.” Through Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership, and Global Impact initiatives we strive to positively impact the lives of individuals in the Best Southwest Cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster, Texas.
I encourage you to visit our website and Facebook page periodically for updates on chapter programs and upcoming events.
Thank you for your interest and support of our chapter programs and for visiting our website.
Evelyn D. Canady
2017 – 2018 Chapter President
The 2014 – 2018 International Program consist of five target areas, one signature program, and specifically targeted community service days.
Target I: Educational Enrichment
The sorority’s signature program is ASCENDSM.
In keeping with an intense focus on promoting lifelong learning, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will provide substantial support to students through AKA One Million BackpacksSM. Through this initiative, the next four years will see members donating and distributing 1,000,000 backpacks and related school supplies to students worldwide.
ASCENDSM focuses on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking, and Development Skills. Participants will include high school male and female students with emphasis on academic, life, career and character-building skills. The ultimate goal will be to motivate, engage and assist these students in reaching their maximum potential. The sorority will place additional emphasis on SMART careers (Science, Math, And Related Technologies).
Support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will be another priority, as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority launches a national Think HBCUSM campaign to highlight HBCUs and the contribution of their graduates to the sorority and society.
Target II: Health Promotion
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue its strong health awareness focus through programs in three areas that disproportionately affect African Americans: Alzheimer’s disease; stroke; and mental health and wellness.
The Alzheimer’s disease and Caregiver SupportSM program will expand Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s community outreach and assistance by generating awareness and support for Alzheimer’s programming and research.
In addition, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will launch a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with special emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.
And finally, mental health and wellness efforts will be highlighted as sorority members work to bring attention to mental illness among diverse populations with historically low utilization of mental health services.
Target III: Family Strengthening
The sorority will focus on childhood hunger awareness initiatives and address the increasing number of households that do not have financial resources to adequately clothe their family.
Through the Family Seasonal WrapsSM program, Alpha Kappa Alpha will spearhead a major effort to collect and donate hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, sweaters, and other items to families in need during the colder seasons.
Lastly under this target, fiscal responsibility programs remain a key priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha members continue to offer financial management and home ownership programs to the communities that its chapters serve.
Target IV: Environmental Ownership
Alpha Kappa Alpha will display its commitment to providing healthy and safe environments.
The AKA 1908 Playground ProjectSM will be launched to ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Members will restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds with its Restore, Refresh and Renew ProjectSM.
Through its Acts Green ProgramSM members will promote environment sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.
Target V: Global Impact
Sorority members will implement the UNA/USA Global Classrooms Project to prepare today’s youth for an increasingly global and complex society. Alpha Kappa Alpha members will work with high school students (ASCEND program) in partnership with the UNA-USA (United Nations Association) staff to expand understanding of the United Nations, its mission and focus. And the sorority will re-engage with a long-standing partner – Africare – to launch youth-oriented programming on the continent of Africa. Another highlight of the Launching New Dimensions of Service program will be Community Service Days, when members will implement initiatives annually, on the same day, worldwide, to demonstrate Alpha Kappa Alpha’s collective impact.
Pictures from our recent events and meetings
President Evelyn Canady
Vice President Angela Jacobs-Butler
Secretary Ramonda Busby
Assistant Secretary Felicia Quigley
Financial Secretary Donna Whitehead
Assistant Financial Secretary LaShawn Toney
Treasurer Cheryl Sims
Assistant Treasurer Tamikah Neal
Corresponding Secretary Mona Myers
Chapter Hostess Sheneaka Sanders
Sergeant-at-Arms Alisha Chenevert
Parliamentarian Yasmin Barnes
Public Relations/Ivy Leaf Reporter Cynthia Lewis
Historian Danielle Diaz Clark
Custodian/Curator Chauntaye Melton
Chaplain Angela Pitcher
Business Manager Nicole Robinson
Member-at-Large Carmen Ross
Upsilon Lambda Omega is comprised of women who promote and uphold the policies and programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as well as demonstrate high ethical standards, sisterliness, and service to mankind. Upsilon Lambda Omega, in return, serves as a conduit for its members to grow and develop personally and professionally while providing service in the community.
If you are interested in learning more about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Upsilon Lambda Omega, you are welcomed to attend our events to observe how we serve the area communities. Please see our calendar for upcoming events.
Graduate chapters do not accept letters of interest. Membership is by invitation only. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., please visit www.aka1908.org.
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Founders' Day with "AKAlades of Treasures: A Weekend of Sisterhood, Service and Celebration
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