DaVida saw a need for African American first year students to connect and build a sisterhood of success. DaVida approached me with the idea and I overwhelmingly agreed……The SSSS program was developed and has received a tremendous amount of positive responses………. Overall the attendees felt informed and inspired.
Renee A. Thomas, Director
Purdue University Black Cultural Center
My first year at Purdue University I attended the Strong Sister,Silly Sister (SSSS) program and was very moved by the message received and the mission the program stood for. It was a creative way of reaching out to young women which is not only one of my passions but something that has a great need, especially on college campuses. I was honored to be asked to help coordinate the program after DaVida graduated and I agreed with no doubts. I felt a great deal of responsibility to continue such a legacy and make a difference in other's lives. Each year the program gets stronger and stronger and has flourished into such an amazing annual event as well as an ongoing impact through out the year. I would recommend this program to all campuses and think it is beneficial for all who attend. May God continue to bless this program and continue to use it as a tool to make a positive change in the lives of young women that may transcend to all others.
Strong Sister, Silly Sister was an amazing way for me to meet like-minded women. When I originally attended the program, I had a chance to interact with young ladies that I had seen on campus in leadership roles. After the program, I felt confident that, I too would be a strong sister. After my Sophomore year, I had become so involved and ascertained my leadership skills on campus and was consequently invited to help plan to shape the next group of strong sisters. Not only did I grow as a leader from helping to plan the event, it gave me a chance to form long lasting mentoring relationships with young minority women on campus. I wholeheartedly believe that every single University campus could benefit from this program.
Chelsea C. Hayes, Past National Second Vice President
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Strong Sister Silly Sister, Inc. is a phenomenal program that helps lay the foundation for young black women (and others) to succeed at Purdue University. I attended the program my freshman year and was connected with inspirational mentors who I still look up to today. I've since taken on leadership positions within the program and have been able to grow even more through mentoring young women who remind me of myself as a freshman.