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1 SISTERHOOD Module GREET SORORS. SAY:
The Leadership Academy is pleased to offer consistent DID modules for use throughout the Sorority. This module focuses on Sisterhood, which is the core of our identity. This is a 2 hour workshop. Introduce yourself. Have sorors introduce themselves. (Do this only if the group is small.) Read the meditation. (The facilitator will provide an appropriate meditation.) 3 Minutes

2 Agenda Introductions Meditation Objectives Ice Breaker
What Does Sisterhood Mean to Me? Keys to Effective Sisterhood Sisterhood Commitment Plan Evaluation Closing Ask sorors to turn to page 4 in their manuals. Review the agenda for the workshop from the Agenda slide. 1 Minute

3 Objectives To explore the concept of sisterhood.
To understand the five keys of sisterhood. To help sorors better understand attributes and experiences that promote sisterly behavior. To develop an individual action plan for sisterly behavior. To strengthen the bond between chapter members through sisterly activities. Ask sorors to turn to page 5 in their manuals. Review the workshop objectives. Ensure that all sorors understand the workshop objectives. Have sorors share expectations and establish ground rules for the session. Have co-facilitator (or volunteer) record expectations and ground rules on a flipchart. (Workshop participants may note expectations and established ground rules on page 5.) Post flipchart page(s) for visibility by workshop attendees. Review expectations and ground rules before proceeding. 5 Minutes

4 “Call all Deltas to the Floor…”
Ice Breaker “Call all Deltas to the Floor…” Ask sorors to turn to page 6 in their manuals. SAY: Our ice breaker is “Calling All Deltas To The Floor.” Take 7 minutes to get the group to identify positive characteristics of their chapter members. There should be one characteristic provided for the number of chapter members in the room. Once done, everyone will be given 5-8 mins. to place the name of each soror in the room on the back of one characteristic from the list. Sorors will then deliver a piece of paper to each soror in the room who fits the description. Ask a few sorors to share their characteristics aloud. Do any of the characteristics show up for that soror more than once? 15 Minutes

5 What Does Sisterhood Mean to Me?
SAY: Please turn to page 7 in your manuals and complete. Take a few minutes to list what you believe Sisterhood means to you. Note: Solicit feedback from the group. Questions to prompt feedback include: 1) What am I doing to promote sisterhood? 2) What is my chapter doing to develop sisterhood? 3 minutes

6 Keys to Effective Sisterhood -- I
Am I my sister’s keeper? Self esteem Ability to motivate others Positive expectations/attitudes Strong communication skills Understand the diversity of the group Learn how to provide and receive constructive feedback Ask sorors to turn to page 8 in their manuals. SAY: The first key to effective Sisterhood is “Sorors must feel good about themselves.” Ask for a volunteer to read the bulleted points. Ask for volunteers to give feedback on what we as individuals can do to build self-esteem, motivate others, have positive expectations/attitudes of what to expect from sorors, to communicate directly when conflict or disagreements occur, and to understand that constructive feedback is part of any healthy relationship. Tell sorors that they can record their ideas and thoughts on pages 8 and 9 in their manuals. Tell sorors to meditate on the introspective questions on page 8 in their manuals during their personal time. Who am I? Do I like who I am? How do I wish to relate to others in the Sisterhood? What do I expect from the Sisterhood? Am I a strong communicator or do I add to miscommunication when issues in our chapter arises? 10 minutes Is there anything else you would add to the skills needed for our sisterhood?

7 How Do I Feel About Myself?
Ask sorors to turn to page 10 in their manuals. SAY: The next activity will be used to discover more about how you feel about yourself. Please take 2 minutes to complete the exercise. After completing the exercise, tell sorors that 8 or more “yes” answers shows that you are truly a sister/soror in the Sorority. 3 Minutes

8 How Do I Refresh? Being sisterly is not always easy.
The next activity will ask you questions about what makes you tick. Follow the directions as best as you can, and yes, we will do some sharing. Ask sorors to turn to page 11 in their manuals. The facilitator reads the items on this slide. SAY: Please take 3 minutes to complete page 11. ASK: “How can you modify or manage these drainers that deplete your energy?” Let participants brainstorm the answer to this question. SAY: Please take 3 minutes to complete page 12. Solicit volunteers to share entries. SAY: When there are conflicts and drainers in your life, what do you do to refuel, recharge, and reenergize? Please take 2 minutes to complete page 13. Solicit volunteers to read their promises. 10 Minutes

9 Keys to Effective Sisterhood – II
Sorors must value our Sisterhood. Mission Statement Minerva Circle of Identity The Delta Oath Code of Ethics Code of Conduct Nine Cardinal Virtues Ask sorors to turn to page 14 in their manuals. SAY: The second key to effective Sisterhood is “Sorors must value our Sisterhood.” Read bulleted items. As we move through our discussion, please feel free to note your ideas and thoughts on pages 14 and 15 of your manuals. 1 Minute

10 Mission Statement Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. SAY: Let us recite our Mission Statement in unison. ASK: Why are you committed to the Mission of the Sorority? How do you relate sisterhood to the Mission Statement? Allow for discussion. 3 Minutes

11 Minerva Circle of Identity
ASK: How do you relate sisterhood to the Minerva Circle of Identity? Allow for discussion. 3 Minutes

12 The Delta Oath I will strive to reach the highest educational, moral and spiritual efficiency which I can possibly attain. I will never lower my aims for any temporary benefit which might be gained. I will endeavor to preserve my health, for however great one’s mental and moral strength may be, physical weakness prevents the accomplishment of much that otherwise might be done. I will close my ears and seal my lips to slanderous gossip. I will labor to ennoble the ideals and purify the atmosphere of the home. I will always protest against the double standard of morals. I will take an active interest in the welfare of my country, using my influence toward the enactment of laws for the protection of the unfortunate and weak and for the repeal of those depriving human beings of their privileges and rights. I will never belittle any race and will try to persuade others to take the same just stand. I will not shrink from undertaking what seems wise and good because handicaps or obstacles of any kind confront me; but striving to preserve a calm mind with a courageous spirit, barring bitterness from my heart. I will strive all the more earnestly to reach the goal. SAY: Let us recite the Delta Oath in unison. ASK: How do you relate sisterhood to The Delta Oath? ASK: What is your favorite line of the Delta Oath and why? Allow for discussion. 3 Minutes

13 Code of Ethics Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Preamble: Believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, Delta expects each soror to recognize the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and commitment to social responsibility. Each soror is expected to live up to these ideals by embracing and adhering to the following ethical principles. Each soror shall regard as primary the bond of Sisterhood and the giving of public service; Each soror shall uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Each soror shall maintain high standards of personal conduct; Each soror shall support and promote the goals, objectives, and programs approved by Grand Chapter; Each soror shall treat all persons with dignity and respect; Each soror shall exhibit compassionate and courteous behavior toward sorors at all times; Each soror shall refrain from making false or misleading statements about the Sorority to anyone; Each soror shall recognize her personal responsibility to assist with and promote the development, improvement, and execution of programs to strengthen the Sisterhood; Each soror shall uphold and support all sorors impartially without regard to race, color, age, and religion, national origin, political belief, educational status, and mental or physical challenge; Each soror shall neither engage in nor countenance any exploitation or disparaging of the Sorority; Each soror shall refrain from using her membership in any matter that is improper or illegal; Each soror shall maintain the confidentiality of all information provided to her during membership intake and as a member; Each soror shall refrain from using the Sorority’s property, including its name, symbols, and other trademarks and service marks, for personal use; Each soror shall exercise sound business principles in conducting the Sorority’s affairs; Each soror shall refrain from engaging in illegal and unsisterly conduct; shall use her best efforts to protect the Sorority from any such conduct by anyone; and shall report any such conduct to the appropriate local, regional or national officer; Each soror shall support the Sorority’s programs through the payment of all dues and fees approved by Grand Chapter; and Each soror shall demonstrate her commitment to public service by participating with her local chapter or nationally. SAY: Let us recite the preamble to the Code of Ethics in unison. ASK: How do you relate sisterhood to the Code of Ethics? Allow for discussion. 3 Minutes

14 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Code of Conduct Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. SAY: The Code of Conduct is sent yearly to each financial member of the Sorority. The Code of Conduct is the set of rules by which we abide and it specifies sanctions when we break these rules. ASK: How do you relate sisterhood to the Code of Conduct? Allow for discussion. 3 Minutes

15 Nine Cardinal Virtues Compassion Courtesy Dedication Fellowship Fidelity Honesty Justice Purity Temperance SAY: Let us recite our Nine Cardinal Virtues in unison. ASK: How do you relate sisterhood to the Nine Cardinal Virtues? ASK: Which of the nine Cardinal Virtues is the most challenging for you when working in our sisterhood? Allow for discussion. 3 Minutes

16 Ways to Exemplify Compassion
Comfort someone who has suffered a loss Forgive a soror for a mistake made in the past Become a mentor to another soror Preserve and support our collegiate chapters Perform Omega Omega Service Quickly review ways to exemplify Compassion. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

17 Ways to Exemplify Courtesy
Yield your seat to Delta D.E.A.R.S. Show proper respect and recognition for our officers Don’t forget “Please” and “Thank you” Show up and start on time Quickly review ways to exemplify Courtesy. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

18 Ways to Exemplify Dedication
Support the Sorority financially Sign up for a committee Celebrate the lives of our Founders regularly Carry out the Five Point Programmatic Thrust Quickly review ways to exemplify Dedication. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

19 Ways to Exemplify Fellowship
Support chapter programs with your participation Register for Conventions and Conferences Adhere to the Sorority’s dress code Actively participate in ceremonies Reclaim sorors Quickly review ways to exemplify Fellowship. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

20 Ways to Exemplify Fidelity
Uphold the secrets and symbols of the Sorority Enforce the Sorority’s published rules Eradicate hazing Do not alter ceremonies Quickly review ways to exemplify Fidelity. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

21 Ways to Exemplify Honesty
Manage chapter funds appropriately Focus on what is right instead of who is right Talk directly with those who you have an issue with or need clarification from Admit when you are wrong Quickly review ways to exemplify Honesty. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

22 Ways to Exemplify Justice
Protest against the double standard of morals Align yourself with issues and not people Attend Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital Support Social Action initiatives Run for leadership positions in the Sorority Quickly review ways to exemplify Justice. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

23 Ways to Exemplify Purity
Work without receiving credit Do not belittle other organizations Close your ears and seal your lips to slanderous gossip Wear insignia respectfully, properly, and in good taste Quickly review ways to exemplify Purity. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

24 Ways to Exemplify Temperance
Use Parliamentary Procedure in meetings Agree to disagree Participate in conflict resolution Listen and think before you speak Instead of complaining, sign up for a committee Quickly review ways to exemplify Temperance. Solicit additional examples. 1 Minute

25 Keys to Effective Sisterhood – III
Sorors must support one another. Pulling together Avoiding negative thoughts Expect success for others Give security and praise Be receptive of everyone’s opinion Ask sorors to turn to page 16 in their manuals. SAY: The third key to effective Sisterhood is “Sorors must support one another.” Ask a volunteer to read bulleted items. Ask for volunteers to give feedback on other ways that we can support one another. 10 Minutes

26 How Do I Feel About My Sorors?
Ask sorors to turn to page 17 in their manuals. SAY: The next activity will be used to discover how you feel about our sorors. Please take 2 minutes to complete the exercise. After completing the exercise, tell sorors that 8 or more “yes” answers shows that you are truly a sister/soror in the sorority. 3 Minutes

27 The Concept of Sisterhood
Ask sorors to turn to page 18 in their manuals. SAY: The next activity will be used to discover the concept of sisterhood. Please take 2 minutes to complete the exercise. Ask for 3 volunteers to share a few of their responses. If you practice sisterly behavior in the spirit of sisterhood as often as possible, you are truly a sisterly soror and have that “good ol’ Delta spirit.” 5 Minutes

28 GUIDELINES FOR RELATIONSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Value the relationship Be open and honest Affirm the relationship Learn and practice gestures of positive relations (encourage and praise) Allow for space in the relationship (develop self and other interests) Be cautious with criticism. (balance criticism with affection) Expect shifts in the relationship Touch Compliment Listen deeply Talk freely about your feelings Learn to let go of anger Respect the contribution of conflict Know thyself with confidence (know your strengths and weakness) Forgive freely Be loyal and constant (Do not give up easily. Keep trying.) Give of yourself Trust Incorporate the element of surprise Love Ask sorors to turn to page 19 in their manuals. Highlight a few of the guidelines for relationship development. Ask for 3 volunteers to comment on how these guidelines can foster the development of sisterly relationships. 2 Minutes

29 Keys to Effective Sisterhood -- IV
Sorors must be responsible. Delta’s Governing Documents Delta’s Administrative Resources and Tools Ask sorors to turn to page 20 in their manuals. SAY: The fourth key to effective Sisterhood is “Sorors must be responsible.” Review Delta’s Governing Documents and Administrative Resources and Tools. Show materials as you talk, if you have them. Tell sorors that our documents and administrative resources and tools contain the guidelines by which we must abide. Emphasize that these materials must be up-to-date, not older versions. Emphasize that the materials may be ordered after logging into the Red Zone. Ask sorors if they have any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding our governing documents or administrative resources and tools. 8 Minutes

30 Roles and Responsibilities of Chapter Members
Be loyal to the officers and to the Sorority Participate and attend meetings regularly; arrive on time and stay throughout the meeting Pay dues promptly Be willing to serve when asked As a committee member, complete assignments quickly and efficiently Be fair to all, interested in all, and never become involved in a clique Ask sorors to turn to pages 21 and 22 in their manuals. Ask a volunteer to read the bulleted items. (Continue to next slide.)

31 Roles and Responsibilities of Chapter Members
Be interested in the purpose of the discussion or activity, rather than in the personality of the discussant or participant Expedite business (listen attentively during discussions) Follow rules (be knowledgeable of the chapter’s Rules of Order and Policies and Procedures) Address chair before speaking (Continue from previous slide.) After all bulleted point have been read: Ask sorors if they have additional comments about the roles and responsibilities of chapter members. 3 minutes

32 Keys to Effective Sisterhood -- V
Sorors must come together and plan. Network Plan of Action Evaluate Ask sorors to turn to page 23 in their manuals. SAY: The fifth key to effective Sisterhood is “Sorors must come together and plan.” Ask a volunteer to read bulleted items. Review the steps of planning activities and programs in the Sorority: 1) Gather information; 2) Study information; 3) Develop statement of purpose; 4) Develop objectives and set priorities; 5) Develop action goals; 6) Develop action steps; 7) Take action based on approved goals; 8) Evaluate program Ask for volunteers to give feedback on other ways that we can cluster and plan. Ask for volunteers to explain why we must network, have a plan of action, and evaluate our programs to advance the goals of our Sisterhood. NOTE: Network to have the business of the sorority connect with needs in the communities we serve. 8 Minutes

33 SOROR IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
Positive Habits Compliment sorors at every possible opportunity Develop an understanding attitude Learn more about the Sorority and what it means to be a part of a sisterhood It is important to know your history in order to: Gain a better understanding of who you are Learn from past mistakes Provide growth and development to build towards the future Practice improving one soror a year….myself Ask sorors to turn to page 24 in their manuals SAY: The soror improvement guide shows ways that we can form positives habits that foster sisterhood and why it is important to know our history. Ask sorors if they have additional suggestions for positive habits or additional reasons regarding the importance of knowing our history. 2 Minutes

34 My Sisterhood Commitment
PLAN OF ACTION (INDIVIDUAL) How strong is my commitment to the Sorority? To promote and enhance sisterhood, I will: Strategies I will suggest to my chapter to promote and enhance sisterhood: Ask sorors to turn to page 25 in their manuals. SAY: We will now complete our individual Sisterhood Commitment. Please take a few minutes to reflect on the importance of the five Keys to Effective Sisterhood. It is important for each soror to reflect on Sisterhood, which is the core of our identity. Ask if there are volunteers who would like to share their Sisterhood Commitment. (Maximum is 3.) Please keep your individual plan of action as a reminder of what you can do to promote sisterly behavior in your chapter. 5 Minutes

35 Sisterhood! SAY: We will now close our workshop by reading Soror Benbow’s, “Sisterhood” poem jointly. The words can be found on page 26 in your manual. Ask sorors to stand. Afterwards, the facilitators can play “We Are Family” while the evaluation is completed.

36 Evaluation Revisit the expectations that were noted at the beginning of the session. Ask sorors if all expectations were met. Ask sorors if there are any additional comments or questions. Ask sorors to complete the Evaluation Form. NOTE: Facilitators can play “We Are Family” while attendees complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation process, bring the workshop to a close by thanking every soror for her participation. 3 Minutes

37 The Leadership Academy 2008-2013
Elsie Cooke-Holmes, Co-Chair Pamela E. Smith, Co-Chair Schean G. Belton, Esq. Stephanie M. Cooper Deloris Johnson Drakes Lisa Farmer-Cole Soraya Williams Farver Charlotte M. Freeman, Ph.D. Renee LaVerne Harper Beverly Harris Schembri Wendy J. Johnson ( ) Sandra F. Mack, Ed.D. Gwendolyn J. Mosley Mandy Mullens-Williams Mabel Lake Murray, Ed.D. Mildred Porter-Duncan Norma Sermon Boyd, Ed.D. Jennifer R. Smith Hellenna L. Terrell, Ed.D. Barbara Woods, Ph.D. Shannon Jones Jenkins, Staff Liaison


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