Nu Xi Zeta Social Action
The Chapter has a history of encouraging change in our communities through social action. Nu Xi Zeta has integrated social action into the Chapter’s service and youth activities with focus on the following areas: 1) ensuring youth have the tools to succeed; 2) providing for women’s health; 3) protecting vulnerable communities; 4) engaging in voter empowerment activities that target African American communities.
Local Government Participation
As the City of Alexandria and Alexandria School Board prepared their FY 2015 budgets, Nu Xi Zeta participated in budget hearings, and spoke with elected officials about concerns related to elder care and women’s issues. The chapter is actively involved in the adoption of the Alexandria Youth Master Plan, which was approved in June 2014 by both the City Council and School Board. A letter of support for the plan’s adoption was submitted to both bodies prior to the vote requesting full funding of initiatives, accountability, and ongoing involvement of elected officials.
In conjunction with our national partnership with the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, the chapter has presented information on prematurity rates in the black community to the Alexandria City Council and proposed solutions for how local government can help decrease these rates. The chapter has also worked with Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille and the Alexandria Commission on Aging to educate the community on issues related to elder care.
We are pleased to have Nu Xi Zeta members serving in the community through participation on numerous board and commissions. In addition, our members are serving as leaders on their respective boards/commissions and being recognized for their work in the community. Soror Anestacia Graham was recognized for her work on the Commission on Aging when she received the Lois Van Valkenburgh Award for Excellence in Aging Award.
Each year in preparation for local, state, and national elections, Nu Xi Zeta works on grassroots community outreach activities to encourage voter participation in the African American community. Through the NOVA Coalition led by the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Chapter has participated in phone banking and voter registration drives. Chapter members have received updated training on the voter registration process in order to support the work of the NOVA Coalition to target African American voters. As a part of our national service initiative, Zetas Helping Other People Excel (ZHOPE), the Nu Xi Zeta chapter encourages our community to not only vote, but to also have knowledge of the issues and the candidates. Nu Xi Zeta collaborates with our partners by co-sponsoring candidate forums to educate the community.
Visiting with Legislators
Nu Xi Zeta goes to Washington DC and Richmond, VA annually to learn more about current legislative and to educate our legislators on issues of importance to our community. Members of Nu Xi Zeta attended National Zeta Day on the Hill and met with Congressman Jim Moran (8th Congressional District of Virginia) to garner support for the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act (S. 1417 / H.R. 1281). During the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session, we spoke with state legislators during Zeta Day at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA, and participated in town hall meetings where we engaged in discussions with community members and elected officials regarding education and elder care.
We also engaged our youth in becoming more involved in social action through providing opportunities to meet with elected officials and candidates to discuss issues relevant to their lives. Our youth volunteered at the NAACP Candidates Forum, and spoke with candidates about education and the election process. During an etiquette workshop, our youth were actively involved in a conversation about civic engagement and leadership with State Delegate Charniele Herring. Chapter members actively supported the recent appointment of one of our youth to the Alexandria Children, Youth, and Family Collaborative Commission, where she will serve with two members of Nu Xi Zeta and leaders from throughout the City of Alexandria.
Special Recognition from the 2011 Virginia General Assembly
Delegate Adam Ebbin and the late State Senator Yvonne Miller (the first African-American woman elected to Virginia’s state legislature) co-sponsored a Commending Resolution during the 2011 General Assembly session to commend the Nu Xi Zeta Chapter for our 25 years of service to the community.
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