Unified Goals: #PVAMU “Eta Beta Chapter” of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Talks Service

Unified goals are important to society because one person can impact the community but with the help other like-minded individuals, we can impact the world. The Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the illustrious Prairie View A&M University is the true essence of leadership and service. I recently spoke with three members of the Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kelly Randle, Berrie Russell, and the Chapter President Brittany Samuel. While speaking with them, I was able to get an understanding of what service means to each of them and how working with others who have a unified goal has a greater impact than one individual’s efforts.

Photo by Daric Cottingham: The Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Delta Week Spring 2016)

Kelly Randle, a senior Human Performance major, has a positive energy when approaching helping others that illuminate like an essence through the air.

Q: What does service mean to you?

Kelly Randle: Service to me is something that you do, not looking for a give-back. When I go out to do stuff I do it out of the kindness of my heart. You don’t always have to show it to the world, like oh hey look I’m doing community service and post it on Instagram. I feel like you should do it because it’s something that has to be done.

Q: Can you describe the impact of providing community service as a group with a unified goal?

Kelly Randle: I feel that as a group of like minded young women doing the same thing with the same mission. People out in the community see it’s still a group of young people who just want to give back to their community and just want to see everybody versus just one person

Q: While being a member of the Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Prairie View A&M University what program/community service project that has been near and dear to you?

Kelly Randle: I wasn’t a Delta at the time, but the one that I think that spoke out the most to me, for the black community, was hands up, freeze. The Spring 14 line had did the program, it was a program on how to conduct yourself when encountering police officers. What happened here with Sandra Bland, that took a toll on a lot of us so the program was very relevant at the time and still is to this day – I took a lot from this program and think so did the entire student body.

Photo by Daric Cottingham: The Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Delta Week Spring 2016)

Berrie Russell, a Junior Biology major, aspires to work in the medical field and believes service is essential to make the world go round.

Q: What does service mean to you?

Berrie Russell: Service means to me, to always be helpful and to always be there for somebody other than yourself. Basically putting yourself second and other people first.

Q: Can you describe the impact of providing community service as a group with a unified goal?

Berrie Russell: Community service itself is such an awesome thing because it helps the community and it helps you build yourself to be a better person. So when you’re doing it as a unified group you get to show your community that people, black people, can come together – we can do something to actually help each other. So not only does it help build yourself individually, it helps build yourself with other people to serve one common goal and that’s to help the community – which we all need.

Q: While being a member of the Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Prairie View A&M University what program/community service project that has been near and dear to you?

Berrie Russell: My ultimate favorite program has been our Breast Cancer Pink Party, it’s very personal for me because my grandma passed from breast cancer. So many women, old and young, come together for one common cause. Every single drop of money we made, we donated to help fight breast cancer. Then it’s just a good thing to see black women come together for a great cause and celebrate the lives and legacy of those who have been touched by breast cancer than mourn their deaths.

Photo by Daric Cottingham: The Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Delta Week Spring 2016)

Brittany Samuel, a Senior Accounting major and Chapter President of Eta Beta is the vision of a leader who shepherds others to do their part and give back to the world.

Q: What does service mean to you?

Brittany Samuel: Being a servant first, you can serve in a lot of ways, you can serve through education, awareness, even through friendship – it’s all about being a servant.

Q: Can you describe the impact of providing community service as a group with a unified goal?

Brittany Samuel: When you’re doing community service you have conversation, especially when you’re in a big group and it gives you different perspectives. You’re first there to do community service, you’re there to serve but your reasons maybe different from somebody else’s reasons for doing it. Getting together and having collective minds to have that kind of conversation to empower someone else, that may be watching such a large group be of service, can empower them to do the same thing.

Q: While being a member of the Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Prairie View A&M University what program/community service project that has been near and dear to you?

Brittany Samuel: Sister to Sister, it’s something that we collaborate with the counciling center and is headed by a professional. It’s a safe place for girls to come and just have open conversation, and we talk about all kind of things. What happens in Sister to Sister stays in Sister to Sister. We touch on so many things that you may not even want to talk to your best friend about or to your mom, your parent, or whoever but you can come to that space and talk about it. Especially being at an HBCU, black people – we don’t believe in therapy, telling someone we’re feeling weak, or down and in that space you can do that. It’s helpful, it’s needed, and should be mandatory – cause that’s my release every week.

Each of these young women represents the importance of providing service to their campus and community as a group with a unified goal. A star can shine and light the way but a full constellation will illuminate.

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Daric Cottingham (ODtheMC) is a young college blogger/vlogger with high interests in the arts, with ambitions to be "the male Oprah of [his] generation." He believes strongly in the mantra, "reach the people, community service through mass media.." He specializes in all aspects of mass media from writing, photography, cinematography, social mead consultation, and so much more.

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