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  • Delta Zeta Chapter: Sigma Updated Statement in response to "Black Lives Matter Protests"

    As stated in a previous message,
    Delta Zeta Chapter has continuously embraced "Diversity and Inclusion". The Diversity of our Chapter Membership has strengthened us.
    In recent weeks in the United States,the "Unrest and Calls for Social Justice" increased worldwide.
    SiGMA MEMBERS were requesting a stronger response from SIGMA.
    I am including in this Delta Zeta Chapter Message the "Updated Sigma Statement in response to the request of SIGMA MEMBERS regarding the Black Lives Matter Protests" for all members to review:

     RE: Sigma response to Black Lives Matter protests

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    In response to the recent protests against racism and injustice that have spread around the world, we heard your requests for a stronger organizational statement on this issue.

    Let us be clear: Sigma, its international board of directors, and its staff condemn the murders of Black Americans. We recognize the structural and systemic racism underlying the current issues represents a longstanding public health crisis. Black lives–of our patients, colleagues, fellow members, and humans worldwide–matter.

    Some historical information might provide important context. As a global organization, Sigma refrained in the past from commenting on country specific issues. We would never know about every issue of injustice; terminology and social climate differed from country to country. We adhered to the guiding principle that Sigma remain politically neutral. And, we cited our longstanding statement on diversity and inclusion because it, like our organizational values, has remained consistent.

    As the world embraced the current protests, we determined we could not stay silent. We hope this statement resonates with you. Because we believe actions speak louder than words, we further commit to the hard work of identifying and addressing barriers within our profession and society.

    In the weeks to come, you will hear about Sigma's contribution to change on this topic, including a new project to support nurse faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We have more projects and plans in the works and we look forward to sharing with you as they become available.

    Beyond any organizational statement or action, Sigma members are our best ambassadors and advocates for change at the local, state, national, and global level. We encourage our members and chapters to advance your knowledge to become allies to our Black members, become civically involved in your communities, volunteer as nurse mentors to young Black people, and support Black-owned businesses and nonprofits seeking racial equality and social justice, among many other actions.

    As Sigma members, we encourage you to advocate for positive change within the society: Nominate Black and diverse researchers for the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Nominate Black and diverse nurses for international awards. Learn about and consider serving as a chapter leader, committee chair, or regional coordinator; perhaps stand for a position on the international board of directors. Sigma needs your wisdom and perspective in organizational leadership at every level.

    In closing, we reflect that our founders based the society on values they felt were critical to nursing: Love, courage, and honor.

    We wholeheartedly affirm our love for our fellow humans. We acknowledge the courage it takes to fight the systemic racism that affects our world, our profession, and our organization. We strive to do what is honorable to address these issues. We urge you as Sigma members to do the same.


    Ric Ricciardi

    President, Sigma

    Liz Madigan

    Chief Executive Officer, Sigma


    Richard Ricciardi PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN
    Rockville MD
    United States
    Sent to all Delta Zeta Chapter Members by
    Wanda Johnson MS RN
    Lehman College
    Delta Zeta Chapter

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  • Delta Zeta Chapter: Sigma Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

    Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing-Delta Zeta Chapter was established at Lehman College , Bronx, New York in March 1980.

    We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary this year.
    The Officers and Members of Delta Zeta Chapter take great pride in our membership of more than 300 with representation from 34 countries.

    Delta Zeta Chapter has continuously embraced "Diversity and Inclusion". 

    The Diversity of our Chapter Membership has strengthened us.

    In recent weeks there has been unrest and calls for Social Justice worldwide.

    I am including  in this Delta Zeta  Chapter Message the "Sigma Statement of Diversity and Inclusion" for all members to review.

    Sigma Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

    Diversity of membership is what makes any profession stronger, and nursing is no exception.

    Since 1922, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) has embodied the attributes of our founders: love, courage, and honor. We pride ourselves on being a diverse, inclusive global organization that does not discriminate, and we firmly believe diversity in our membership makes us stronger. Although we are a politically neutral organization, we take seriously our responsibility of ensuring a welcoming and respectful environment for our members worldwide. 

    Sigma remains committed to the value and active engagement of a global community of nurses. We represent fairness, equality, inclusivity, and respect by the very nature of our core tenets and are against any form of discrimination. We will continue to welcome and celebrate our members’ rich diversity as we always have. 

    Sigma will remain a voice within the US and world in support of our core values, including diversity and inclusiveness. We will continue to work collaboratively with members from all our global regions to fulfill our mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere.

    In conclusion, It is my hope that each member of Delta Zeta Chapter would read this Chapter Message and continue to "INFUSE JOY".

    Wanda Williams-Johnson MS RN
    Lehman College
    Delta Zeta Chapter

  • Delta Zeta Chapter's 2020 Purple Goes Red For Women Update

    Our February 21, 2020 event was a success. Thank you everyone that participated. It is not too late to help us reach our $250 donation goal. We are currently at $205. You can still donate at
  • Delta Zeta Chapter's "Purple" Goes "Red" For Women

    Delta Zeta will sponsor its third annual "Purple Goes "Red" charity event in support of the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women on February 21, 2020. The event will be held at Lehman College's Music Building East Dining Room, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bx, NY 10468 from 12:30P to 2:30P. We ask that attendees wear something RED on that day. You can donate to AHA "Go Red" at the event or online.

    Delta Zeta Chapter will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary :
    Lunch at the United Nations Delegate Dining Room
    Date: Wednesday March 11, 2020
    Time: 11:00am
    Cost: $70 per person
    Payment via Quick or Check Payable to Delta Zeta Chapter
    Deadline: February 18, 2020
    Attire: Business- Members requested to wear something  Purple or Royal Blue.
    Looking forward to your attendance,

    Wanda Johnson MS RN
    Delta Zeta Chapter






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