A University of Mississippi business major, who is also the president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. for the “Divine Nine” organizations, a name given to African American sororities and fraternities, is working to make their presence visible in the community.
As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Davis is involved with the community on and off of campus. As president of all the organizations, her job is to see that all nine groups keep task on community service works. Delta Sigma Theta Inc. was founded with idea of giving back to the community.
Jevonta Foster, another member of Delta Sigma Theta, said all D9 organizations in NPHC have service incorporated into the foundation of their existence.
“Two top things you’ll see every organization promote is scholarship and service,” she said. “Each organization’s founders saw a need in their community. They made a commitment to help out the African American community. In all that we do, we want to make sure we invest time and service in our community.”
Jayla Whitfield said her friend, Davis, has done an “amazing job” in her first year in the sorority.
“She rose to the platform and has served as president of the entire NPHC,” she said. “Not only has she committed her time to Delta Sigma Theta, but she has committed to serving each Divine 9 organization. Through all of that, she and the NPHC reps planned a successful NPHC week, one of the best I’ve seen yet.”
Davis was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, where resources were limited.
“Coming from a small, limited community just made me want to be able to offer more,” she said. “It opened my eyes to the question ‘If not me then who?’ Someone has to take a stand to give back, and it just took me to look myself in the mirror and ask ‘Who else better than myself?’
“The women I’ve truly admired were a part of this organization, and just to know that they were a part of something much bigger than themselves, to give back inspired me more.”
Davis said the organization recognizes that the community is part of its members.
“We take giving back very seriously,” she said. “The founders of Delta Sigma Theta laid a foundation of services for young women like myself to build on and give hope to those around us.”
Davis said the group recently completed a Habitat for Humanity project. “It’s when we go work on things like houses in the community,” she said. “We go out early in the mornings on the weekend and help out as much as we can.”
Davis said members also participate in activities at the Boys & Girls Club in Oxford and tutor children through Leap Frog.
I’m investing in myself. Everyone started somewhere.