The International Awareness & Involvement Committee strives to increase cultural awareness in the local communities as well as internationally and to have an impact in the international community by making the world a better place by conducting service projects to benefit those in need. Gary Alumnae Chapter won an exemplary award for our Annual World AIDS Day event for the Midwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at our 52nd National Convention in Houston, Texas in 2015.
Our International Awareness & Involvement Committee meetings are held monthly.
We have annual projects that we accomplish before the sorority year ends in June:
- Annual Gospel Explosion to commemorate World AIDS Day. Held on December 1st every year, usually at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 4200 Alder Street, East Chicago, IN. The event includes gospel choirs, praise dance ministries, poets, and more to bring a message of peace, hope, and love to those who are afflicted with HIV/AIDS. We also solicit the donation of canned goods or winter apparel (gloves, hats, scarves, etc.). In 2020, GAC held its first-ever virtual World AIDS Gospel Explosion which included a coloring contest for children (kindergarten through 3rd grade); a dance challenge (all ages), and an essay contest for students (4th grade-12th grade). Please be sure to check out our video recreation of “We Are the World” at https://youtu.be/10Kkt_c0yKk.
- Obtain donations (World AIDS Day Donations)
Please consider giving to Gary Alumnae Chapter in honor of our International Awareness and Involvement Committee’s World AIDS Day and our national thrust sustainability efforts. Please see the link below. All donations are appreciated and will help us fight against this dreadful disease. The deadline to give is Saturday, January 16, 2021. https://checkout.square.site/…/ZCU4JESKWZISD4AOMST5M2US
Your donations will assist to aid Delta’s efforts in Africa with schools, supplies.
- Support the national initiatives of the organization in the area of International Awareness & Involvement for the current sorority biennium.
Erika Robinson-Watkins is the chair of the GAC International Awareness and Involvement Committee