Leslie Lyles Smith*
Deborah Hearst Cuffie
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) was founded on a mission comprised of five basic tenets that have remained unchanged since the sorority’s inception more than a century ago. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind".
The small group of women who founded Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the turn of the last century were conscious of their privileged position as college-trained women of color just one generation removed from slavery. But at the same time, they were sensitive to the needs and struggles of the less fortunate in underserved communities in their hometowns and in other environs beyond their travels who were in need of goods, services and opportunities beyond their reach. The young collegians’ commitment to scholarship, leadership, civic engagement and public service, woven together by the bonds of lifelong sisterhood, formed the bedrock of the rich legacy of servant-leadership that epitomizes the sorority to this day. And the global reach of its programs, laser-focused on the health, wealth, family, education, human rights and parity issues that concern its constituents, ensures the relevance of the organization into perpetuity.
In the summer of 1991, Dolores Morton Spriggs, Gretchen Styles, and Juanita A. Tillery recognized a need to establish a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to provide programs of service to the Baltimore County area. On July 10, 1991, these three visionaries formed the Ladies of Vision interest group for the Baltimore County chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Over the next three years, other ladies joined with these ladies and on June 26, 1994, the Upsilon Epsilon Omega (UEO) Chapter was chartered in a ceremony conducted at Martin's West by Erma W. Barron, who served as the North Atlantic Regional Director.
Chartering members include Joy Alford Graham, Princess F. Battle, Patricia T. Brent, Vanessa D’Arville, Brenda Davis, Linda Davis, Donna Dawson, Monica L. Gaines, Carol Hayward-Faulk, De Borah Holt, L. Michelle Jackson, Tammy L. Jones, Leslie S. Lyles, Lisa L. Mack, P. Dolores Mbah, Thetius Saunders, Greer Shorter, Dolores Morton Spriggs, Gretchen Styles, Juanita A. Tillery, and Ursula Walston.
VISION: The vision of Upsilon Epsilon Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is to be a leading community organization in Baltimore County, Maryland by providing service, scholarship, and help to the community; to promote unity and foster sisterhood in its members; and achieve recognition by successfully conducting effective chapter operations and executing international programs.
MISSION: The mission of Upsilon Epsilon Omega, a graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), is to empower and make a difference in the lives of those in need in the Baltimore County area of Maryland. UEO’s mission is achieved through the execution of AKA’s international and local programs of service and by fulfilling the purpose of AKA.
MOTTO: The motto of the Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is “Uplifting and Empowering Ourselves, Uplifting and Empowering Others”
Highlights of community service initiatives include: The Sexual Assault Recovery Center, The House of Ruth, St. Vincent’s Center, Black Dollar Month, National Family Volunteer Day, Annual MLK “Creative Expressions” Essay Contest, Annual Science Bee, Holiday Basket Give-Away, The Hillendale PAL Center, Teen IVY Academy, Free Community Shred Days, Voter Registration Drives, Rebuild Together, “Blessings”.
Dolores Morton Spriggs, Ed.D.**
Pamela Fletcher Woods*
Tamara L. Lewis, Ed.D.*
*Current Chapter Member
UEO Charter Members