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By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO

Unstoppable. 

That sums up the Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated- Baltimore County’s only graduate chapter of the first Black greek sorority. 

Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter Officers.

On Oct. 5, the chapter held their first Level Up! Women’s Conference. Held in the Dundalk area of Baltimore County, the conference brought together financial, health, and educational resources for the community. On site, free shred services and College Admissions Process (CAP) kickoff session that included representatives from The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), as well as financial aid experts for students in the process of attending college.

Vendors included Giant food nutritionists, Baltimore County Department of Health Narcan training, Dermatologists, Doctors specializing in heart health, #MeToo representatives from Morgan State University, tax experts and credit repair services. Other vendors included The Epilepsy Foundation of Maryland and New York Life Insurance Company. 

“There are a number of challenges in our community and we have a program target. Target 2 focuses on women’s health and wellness and Target 3 focuses on building your economic legacy. We saw that there were opportunities within the community to help them with their health, wellness, and financial health,” said UEO Chapter President Ronisca Chambers. 

Maryland Delegate and Dr Terri L. Hill, who is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, served as the keynote speaker. 

Maryland Delegate and Alpha Kappa Alpha member Dr Terri L. Hill served as the keynote speaker.

“Any opportunity to engage with the community and to support them in what they are doing and as people are trying to improve their situation, conditioning and learning more, any opportunity like that is an opportunity that I don’t want to miss and this is a fabulous chapter apart of a fabulous sorority that I’m proud to be a member of and anything I can do to support their mission is an honor,” said Dr. Hill. 

“We were very thoughtful in the speakers that we bought today,” said UEO Co-chair Kathy Pettway. 

“The event is very well organized. Everyone has their own time slot and it runs smoothly,” said Stephanie Atkins, the Board Chair for the Maryland Epilepsy Foundation. Atkins became a vendor to bring awareness to others about the myths and stigmas surrounding Seizures; Her daughter has suffered from Epilepsy for the last seven years. 

Michelle Richardson (left) speaking with keynote speaker Dr Terri L. Hill.

A big hit with the community was the CAP Kickoff. 

“I like that financial aid is here since I’m headed off to college and will be dealing with them a lot,” said a student who came specifically for CAP. 

According to UEO Vice President Nakiya Showell, CAP is the signature program on an international level for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and is a step by step guidance and instruction for students pursuing post high school educational opportunities. 

“The process starts at the beginning of the school year and we have students and we guide them through the entire process so test taking, how to write an interview, how to interview, and once you find the right college, how do you finance?” We’ve sponsored a 13 HBCU college tour and plan to do it again, and once you find the right fit, we don’t leave you. We’re right here with you, making sure you have the tools that it takes to be on campus.”

“We want people to take away how to take better care of themselves. We have heard and heard and heard but now it’s time to implement. How can you walk away from here and make a change? Now we’re giving you the tools to put in your tool box to make those changes to better yourself,, said UEO Chair member Rosalyn Kelly.

Source: on 2019-10-10 12:07:30

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