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  • 28 Sep 2012 4:42 PM | Anonymous

    September 21, 2012 marked one year since Troy Davis was executed by the State of Georgia despite strong evidence and questions about his innocence.  


    People nationwide protested, rallied, held vigils and engaged in public debate on the inequities and failures of the death penalty hoping to stall the execution.  


    Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, member of Theta Epsilon Omega, was instrumental in helping to lead this effort in

    Connecticut.  In November of 2011, she played an important role in promoting Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter as a lead sponsor of A Community Discussion on the Death Penalty.  The chapter joined with other organizations and concerned citizens such as the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Connecticut State Conference of the NAACP.  

    Unfortunately, Troy Davis could not be saved, but the movement lives on.  


    Dr. Brown-Dean testified before the Judiciary Committee in March of this year in support of An Act for Revising the Penalty for Capital Felonies, a bill that would replace the death penalty in Connecticut with a penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of release for certain murders committed on or after the effective date of the act.  The bill was passed and signed by Governor Malloy (D-Connecticut) in April of 2012.  


    On the anniversary of the execution, Ebony.com published an article co-authored by Dr. Brown-Dean, “A Call to Community: Why We Cannot Wait for the Next Troy Davis.”  Please read, post a comment on the article's site, and share the article with your networks.  Dr. Brown-Dean says, “Last year we wept.  This year we work!”  


    The movement lives on...

  • 26 Sep 2012 7:34 PM | Anonymous
    Congratulations to Theta Epsilon Omega member, Dr. Shuana Tucker-Sims on receiving the 2012 Salute to Excellence Award.  The award was given earlier this month in Providence, Rhode Island at the annual Salute to Excellence in Community Education Awards and Luncheon hosted by the sorority's North Atlantic Region.  The event was chaired by the chapter's First Vice President, Ashika Brinkley, who is also a member of the North Atlantic Region Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) Committee. 

    The award recognizes and acknowledges those in the community that have made a difference in creating a love of lifetime learning.  Dr. Tucker-Sims is the Director of Adult & Continuing Education in Danbury Public Schools and is an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership department of the University of Connecticut.  She prides herself in being able to do four specific things which are directly tied to lifelong learning and leadership - mentoring, leveraging resources, innovation and encouraging others.  Dr. Tucker-Sims helps her mentees to overcome challenging situations outside their academic environment by using all experiences as learning ones and instilling confidence in them to be solution-oriented.

    Another 2012 Salute to Excellence Award recipient was Theta Epsilon Omega's nominee, Mr. Erik Clemons, Executive Director and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT).   CONNCAT’s mission is to collaborate with area employers and academic institutions to develop and deliver market-relevant job training for the poor, unemployed, and under-employed in Greater New Haven; and to leverage the transformative power of the arts to stimulate, motivate, and inspire at-risk students toward a new appreciation for learning.  Mr. Clemons is a lifelong Connecticut resident and active member of the Greater New Haven community.  He is devoted to education, young people and excellence in all facets of his life.  In his words, adult literacy is “the anchor” and serves as the gateway to the success of our community. 

    All proceeds from the luncheon benefited the Constance R. Pizarro EAF Endowment Fund.  EAF, the sorority's charitable arm, provides scholarships, fellowships and community assistance awards to undergraduate and graduate students internationally.  These programs are open to any student without regard to sex, race, creed, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability. 

    The mission of the EAF is to pursue lifelong learning.  Alpha Kappa Alpha and EAF recognize that it takes a village to raise a child, and as such, it takes more than just the schools and traditional education methods to create a love of lifetime learning.  As EAF Captain, Theta Epsilon Omega member, Marlene Graham facilitates the support of the EAF mission through chapter and individual member donations.   

    For more information about the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, visit www.akaeaf.org.
  • 05 Sep 2012 10:56 AM | Anonymous
    Dori Dumas, member of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter and First-Vice President of the Greater New Haven NAACP, participated in a panel chat on the n-word. 

    Shahid Abdul-Karim, staff reporter for the New Haven Register, facilitated the discussion.  It streamed live over the Internet on Saturday, September 1, 2012 and is available to view online.  

    The n-word was used for generations to subjugate black Americans.  Although the word has become a mainstay of comedic routines and a term of endearment within some groups, many still find it unacceptable in any context and it continues to cause conflict when used as hate speech.  The panelists discussed the word's history, its use today and whether it is unacceptable in any context.

    The other panel members were Gary Highsmith, Hamden High School principal; Clifton Bush, social scientist and professor at Springfield College in Massachusetts; Rich Hanley, Quinnipiac University associate professor of journalism and director of the graduate journalism program; and Stanley Bernard, assistant professor of public health and human services at Southern Connecticut State University.
  • 04 Apr 2012 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    Theta Epsilon Omega members are shining this Spring!  Congratulations to the following members for being recognized for their commitment to service. 

    The New Haven Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. bestowed their Community Service Award to Cathy R. Patton.

    Kimberly Carolina became a member of the West Haven Hall of Fame at the West Haven Black Coalition's Annual Awards Dinner.

    Dr. Dorsey Kendrick received the Liberty Bell Award from the Connecticut Bar Association.

    Sondi Jackson received the Community Service Award from the Elm City Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc.  Marlene Graham was honored with their Club Appreciation Award.

    The Chi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. awarded Dr. Deborah Desir and her husband their Community Service Award.

    Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean was invited by the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty to speak at a press conference at the state capitol on behalf of the families of murder victims. 

  • 16 Dec 2011 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Dorsey Kendrick and Attorney Moy Ogilvie were each named on the 2011 list of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut.  The list from the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches includes judges, commissioners, sports figures, lawyers and educators.

    Dr. Kendrick is the President of Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT.  Under Dr. Kendrick's leadership, the college has experienced a 90% increase in enrollment through enhanced program offerings and community partnerships.  Dr. Kendrick recognizes that many students are often faced with challenges that prevent them from going to college.  She says, "they need strong support systems" and she believes that "every human being should have the opportunity to realize their full potential." 

    Attorney Ogilvie is a litigation partner at McCarter & English in the firm's Hartford office.  She handles product liability and toxic tort cases and business litigation matters.  She also handles pro bono matters for Lawyers for Children America and other organizations.  Attorney Ogilvie currently serves as the President of Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, and in 2011, Governor Malloy appointed her to the distinguished Connecticut State Criminal Justice Commission. 

    Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter congratulates Dr. Kendrick and Atty. Ogilvie.  Click here for a complete list and bios.

  • 29 Sep 2011 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Diane Y. Turner on being named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater New Haven. 

    Read the announcement from the United Way of Greater New Haven...

    United Way of Greater New Haven is proud to announce that Diane Young Turner has been named Chair of the Board of Directors. Turner, Yale University’s Associate University Librarian for Human Resources & Organizational Development, is no stranger to United Way. Turner served as the Campaign Chair in 2009 and has been on the United Way Board of Directors since 2009. She also served as a member of United Way’s Success By 6 Advisory Council from 2007 to 2009 and was a co-recipient of the 2007 Champion for Advancing the Common Good Award for her outstanding work in leading the Yale Book Drive for three years, collecting thousands of children’s books for New Haven Reads and Read to Grow. As part of United Way's Days of Caring, Diane helped expand the book drive to include Albertus Magnus College, Gateway Community College, Southern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac University, and Yale, which collected over 4,000 books that were distributed throughout the Greater New Haven community.

    Turner has long been active in the community and in addition to United Way, she serves on several other Boards and commiunity organizations. Diane is leader and philanthropist both here and abroad. Several years ago, as a member of the Sister Cities/Freetown Board, she visited Sierra Leone and has spearheaded several missionary projects in Togo, West Africa, Sierra Leone and Sudan.

  • 23 Jun 2011 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our Silver Star President, Attorney Elicia Pegues Spearman. 

    Press release issued by the Connecticut Bar Foundation on June 23, 2010:





    Attorney Elicia Pegues Spearman of Cheshire was elected a 2011 Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows Program, according to Timothy S. Fisher, President of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

    The James W. Cooper Fellows Program was established to honor the leading members of the legal profession and the Judiciary in

    Connecticut.  Membership in the Fellows is by invitation only and is evidence of professional distinction.  Sixty-Eight new Fellows were elected this year.  “We are pleased to recognize our new Fellows for their distinguished services to our legal system, and for their commitment to the principles of equal justice and the rule of law,” said Attorney Fisher.

    Attorney Spearman is a Human Resources Business Partner at Aetna Inc. in Hartford.  She received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1987 and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1990.  She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1991.  She is also admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C., and the United States Supreme Court.

    Attorney Spearman is a member of the George Crawford Black Bar Association.  She also served on the following organizations: Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as President; Children in Placement (CASA affiliate) as Board President; Lawyers For Children of America as a Board Member; and on the Executive Board for the Hartford Stage.

    Attorney Spearman has received many honors and awards including: the Phenomenal Woman Award 2009, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; the Professional Award 2007, The New Haven Club of National Association of Negro Business Professional Women’s Club, Inc.; the CWRU Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Recent Graduate Award (11/2000); the FBI Dedicated Service Plaque (2/1998); and the Community Service Award, Legal Advisor to the Miss Black Connecticut Scholarship Pageant (4/1995). She was featured in the following publications: General Counsel, New England (1Q 2009) "Reacting to Violence in the Workplace”; Connecticut Law Tribune’s 12/22/08 edition “Dozen Who Made A Difference in 2008”; and on the cover of General Counsel, New England (Q2 2005) "Diversity by the Numbers”. She is a published author in Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who’ve Been There and Done That (Copyright 2000 American Bar Association).

    Attorney Spearman resides with her husband, Livie, in Cheshire.  They have a daughter, Kaila. Attorney Spearman was honored at a reception at Bushnell Autorino Great Hall on May 10, 2011.  The Fellows Program, now in its 17th year, has 831 members.  In addition to lawyers in private practice, the group consists of U.S. Court of Appeals judges, U.S. District Court judges, Connecticut Supreme, Appellate, and Superior Court judges.  It also includes corporate counsels and attorneys at corporations, heads of associations and corporations, directors and attorneys at legal services agencies, and lawyers in government.  Finally, it includes the deans, former deans, and professors of law at Connecticut's law schools, past and current leadership of the Connecticut Bar Association, and numerous present and former government leaders.


    The purpose of the Fellows Program is to promote better understanding of the legal profession and the judicial system and to explore ways to improve the profession and the administration of justice in Connecticut.  The Fellows help advance the mission of the Connecticut Bar Foundation to further the rule of law in Connecticut.  This mission is based on the fundamental premise that the rule of law is essential to an orderly and just society and must be available to all, regardless of power or resources.  The Foundation serves this mission in part by working to secure and administer a reliable and sufficient flow of funds to support legal services and access to justice for persons of limited means.

  • 10 Jun 2011 10:29 AM | Anonymous
    Bill Cosby, who is best known as a comedian, actor and activist, visited Beecher Magnet School where Theta Epsilon Omega member, Kathy Russell Beck, is the Principal.  Cosby was in New Haven and met with the Beecher students to promote academic achievement.  Mrs. Russell Beck had the distinct opportunity to meet Mr. Cosby and photograph with him.  Read the article and view the photograph of Russell Beck with Cosby in The New Haven Independent
  • 03 Jun 2011 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    UPTOWN Magazine publishes Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean's article, "Are HBCUs Still Relevant?"

  • 02 Jun 2011 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Attorney Moy Ogilvie will serve as President of the Lawyer's Collaborative for Diversity (LCD) for 2011-2012.  The organization was founded in 2003 by concerned lawyers to address issues of diversity within Connecticut's legal profession.  Since then, the organization has made its mission to galvanize the legal community to make the state "a more attractive place for attorneys of color and women to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities."  In a press release issued by the LCD, the Executive Director said, "With Moy's professionalism and the respect that she has in Connecticut's legal community, I can only imagine the possibilities during her tenure." 


    For more information about the LCD, visit www.lawyerscollaborativefordiversity.org.

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