In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.- Eta Kappa Chapter’s Spring 1994 line donated $160,000 to Spelman College. This effort was spearheaded by Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, a 1996 graduate who served on Spelman’s Board of Trustees for 13 years. Dr. Watkins-Hayes developed a strategy to fundraise the significant “line gift” over a span of five years that would truly benefit the school and its students. Whether individual donations were $25 or $25,000, the goal was to encourage 100% participation.
The donation is designated for Spelman’s “Technology Innovation Fund,” which is dedicated to increasing student, faculty and staff access to emerging technology and infrastructure. It is with a spirit of gratitude that 50 of the 60 Spring 1994 line sisters returned to the home of “Black Girl Magic” to present Spelman College president Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell with a check that will benefit the transformative digital initiative.
Members of the DSTHK Spring 1994 line are phenomenal African American women and leaders in their respective fields. Since graduating from Spelman, these accomplished women solidified their bond by celebrating impressive personal and professional successes. They are educators, doctors, entrepreneurs, attorneys, venture capitalists, judges and more. They attended Spelman College in the 1990s during the tenure of the college’s first African American woman president, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
They don’t just survive, they thrive. They owe much of their success to the wisdom, courage, strength, tenacity and sisterly bonds cultivated on Spelman’s campus over 25 years ago. They’ve comforted and supported one another during heart wrenching losses and trials that have shook them to their core, including the unexpected passing of two of their line sisters: Tiffany Lipscomb (c/o 1994) and Michelle Slater (c/o 1995).
The DSTHK Spring 1994 line hopes their monetary gift will inspire other alumnae to continue to invest in the future of Spelman College. Spelman has given so much to her students since its founding in 1881 and this group of determined and visionary women wants to motivate others to take a leap of faith and make a “choice to change the world.”