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Xavier chapter, along with Caribbean Student Association and Omicron Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated organized a donation drive to collect toiletries, clothes, and household items for the women of Eden House. The Eden House “is a two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited” and “provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost.” We were able to collect entire bags of items for the women residing at the Eden House.
ALD teamed with the Caribbean Student Association and Omicron Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc at the campus’ supply drive for Eden House.
the annual Oakwood Christmas party, and to come in the fall with fall into the streets cleaning up lawns again. This year WMU’s chapter is looking forward to putting on a condom fashion show to raise money for HIV awareness. Western Michigan’s chapter has received “Best Chapter T-Shirt” and the honorable award of maintaining the flame for the 2nd time in a row after winning the Order of the Torch in 2011.
Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Submitted by Simone Graham ALD is starting the year bigger and better than ever! To kick off the 2012-2013 school year, ALD inducted over 100 new members and won the 2013 Alpha Silver Award for inducting 82% of those invited to join our chapter. Our new members are active and excited to expand ALD’s presence on campus. While adhering to Xavier’s motto of “promoting a more just and humane society” our chapter decided to educate the campus about health and safety that would be crucial for college life in New Orleans. Alpha Lambda Delta
The highlights of this year included hosting an event focusing on Human Trafficking and a Town Hall Meeting with former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA to promote a tobacco free campus. On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Xavier’s ALD community, in conjunction with the Caribbean Student Association, hosted an event about human trafficking. The meeting began with a Prezi by guest speaker Dr. Laura Murphy from Loyola University of New Orleans. Sex trafficking is a very real danger for those living in New Orleans. Dr. Murphy referred to an article written as recently as August 2, 2013 from the Times Picayune, New Orleans’s local newspaper for evidence. It stated that 18 arrests had been made in New Orleans relating to sex trafficking. Our speaker made a very profound statement about victims that resonated with the audience: “They don’t quit their jobs; they have to escape from them.” After the presentation, Xavier’s campus police gave safety tips for students going out and about on and off campus. On September 29, 2013, to follow up on the Human Trafficking event, ALD’s
At our second major event, held on Monday, October 21, 2013, ALD had the honor of cosponsoring a town hall event featuring Dr. Regina Benjamin speaking to students about public health and finding one’s own “healthy joy.” Xavier’s chapter of ALD, along with the Public Health Students, helped the Town Hall Meeting with Regina Benjamin run smoothly. To students who want to make a healthy change in their own lives, Dr. Benjamin suggested, “You can’t underestimate the power of joy. Find your pathway to healthy joy.” Dr. Regina Benjamin also touched on other topics like obesity, smoking, minorities and public health, and diabetes. She ended the open discussion by saying, “Take time for yourself; take care of yourself first.” As history is important, we hosted an ALD mixer to encourage older members of ALD to interact with the inductees and share their personal stories. After this great start, our chapter intends to keep up the good work! We want the student body to not only be informed about health and safety on and off campus, but we aim to take a more holistic approach by bolstering students’ confidence in their academic prowess. ALD will be partnering with the academic resource centers on campus, offering help in Biology, Chemistry, English and Math classes. In the end, our ultimate goal is to make a difference on campus and in our community.
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