Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Message from Philadelphia Chapter President

BDPA Philadelphia is the defending 'Chapter of the Year'. The chapter is led by Monique Berry. Here is the message shared by Sis. Berry with her chapter stakeholders earlier this month:

Can you believe that it"s already March? There are only 20 days until spring and the new life that comes with the season is stirring - in more ways than one with BDPA.

On Saturday February 7, 2009, BDPA chartered a new chapter in Hampton Roads with 66 members. Stakeholder communities in Virginia's Tidewater region include Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Yorktown. Colleges, universities, and HBCU/MIs within the chapter's region include Elizabeth City State University, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University.

The results from our College Student Membership Drive are in, we added 35 new college student members to our ranks. Our goal is to mentor a student chapter at each of the Philadelphia area campuses.

BDPA also hosted or participated in numerous Black Family Technology Awareness Week and Black History Month activities such as "The Legacy" networking event, Amtrak's Black History Celebration and the Philadelphia STEM initiative and the Black Professional Organization Fair.

We ended the month on a high note Thursday, February 27, when City Council and the Mayor's Commission on Technology recognized BDPA with a proclamation from the City of Philadelphia for contributions in planning the 10th Anniversary of Black Family Technology Awareness Week.

This month in celebration of Woman's History Month, Professor LeAnn Erickson is the guest speaker at our meeting on March 18th. Professor Erickson,independent video/filmmaker and professor at Temple University, will discuss the untold story of the women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age.

I am looking forward to BDPA reaching greater heights in advancing African Americans in the information technology industry and know that each and every one of you will do your share by volunteering at the chapter or national levels, donating to the scholarship fund and encouraging people to join BDPA.

Stay tuned for our upcoming newsletters for future events. In the meantime, I hope to see you at our March 18th program.

Monique F. Berry, President
BDPA Philadelphia Chapter

Monique is one of the best chapter presidents that I have ever seen in my BDPA career. I hope that the new chapter in Hampton Roads and many of the other 49 chapters are emulating some of the 'best practices' from Monique!

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