Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Rebecca Paida

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring Rebecca Paida, of the Nile Sisters Development Initiative, at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Rebecca Paida, Nile Sisters Development Initiative

A former refugee, Rebecca is intimately aware of health disparities, as well as social and economic challenges one faces when relocating to a new community. This experience fuels her passion for service to underrepresented populations.

Rebecca is an alumna of San Diego State University, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in public administration with a minor in Africana studies. From Loma Linda University, she achieved a master’s degree in public health with emphasis in health education. She is a certified health education specialist and holds a certificate of nonprofit management.

Rebecca belongs to several professional organizations, including American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Public Health Association ( APHA ). She chairs the San Diego Refugee Forum ( 2017—2019 ) and sits on the Community Advisory Board ( CAB ) of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute ( ACTRI ) at the University of California, San Diego.

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Phi Beta Sigma

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the ΟΙΣ chapter of ΦΒΣ, Inc., at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Omicron Iota Sigma Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Our history has taught us that successful chapters have engaged alumni. The Omicron Iota Sigma alumni-graduate chapter was chartered on March 11th, 2010 by Bro. Harvey Cole, Bro. Leigh Cole, Bro. Anthony Winston III, Bro. Bryon Garner, Bro. Anthony Martin, Bro. Tommy Mitchell, Bro. Vincent Willis, Bro. Staysea Hodge and Bro. Tracy Morris.

 

Being a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is a lifetime experience. In fact, our alumni constitute 71% of our living members! The alumni chapter plays a central role in helping alumni renew old friendships, make new acquaintances, network professionally, attend to the business of the Fraternity, and learn what is happening within our Community.

 

100,000+ college-educated, dynamic, community service driven, diverse and professional men. Members benefit from well-defined networking and support systems within the fraternity that offer international linkages. They also have opportunities to exercise their leadership potential or utilize numerous other talents and skills within the fraternity and the community. Sigma men give services through such activities as:

 

  • Conducting community-service driven projects
  • Participating with voluntary organizations in providing services
  • Providing scholarships
  • Contributing to organized charities
  • Promoting voter education and voter registration
  • Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness through the Conversation Among Brothers program in conjunction with the CDC.

For more information on the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter email us at [email protected] or via Facebook

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Zeta Phi Beta

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the ΜΣΖ chapter of ΖΦΒ, Inc., at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920 at Howard University in Washington DC by five strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement. They are Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings and Fannie Pettie Watts. To these women, Zeta was more than an organization-it was a movement, a belief system that reflected, at its core, the desire to provide true Service, to embrace Scholarship, to set a standard for Sisterly Love and to define the noble concept of Finer Womanhood.Zeta‘s national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations.

 

The Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered April 5, 1984. Our chapter services San Diego County through scholarships and community service projects. Our signature event held in April, Zeta to a Tea, Military Women Rock! honors women who have or are serving our country in the military. The money raised from the event fund our annual scholarships given to young ladies in our community.

October 19th ACT-SO Visit to Black Xpression

ACT-SO will be visiting the dynamic Open Mic night that is Black Xpression.  If you register (for free), ACT-SO will cover your entrance fee.

If you wear your ACT-SO t-shirt (which we will be happy to give students for free if they signup to compete), we will give you a $5 coupon toward food and drink!

For more information about Black Xpression, visit facebook.com/IWillXpress/.

2018 Freedom Fund Dinner Adds Two Honorees

The San Diego NAACP is pleased to announce two additional individuals to be honored at the Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12, 2018:

– The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Calfornia Attorney General

– Eric Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs at San Diego State University.

On January 24, 2017, Xavier Becerra was sworn in as the 33rd Attorney General of the State of California, and is the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the state.

The State’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Becerra has decades of experience serving the people of California through appointed and elected office, where he has fought for working families, the vitality of the Social Security and Medicare programs and issues to combat poverty among the working poor. He has also championed the state’s economy by promoting and addressing issues impacting job generating industries such as health care, clean energy, technology, and entertainment.

Attorney General Becerra previously served 12 terms in Congress as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Congress, Attorney General Becerra was the first Latino to serve as a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means, served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and was Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.

Prior to serving in Congress, Attorney General Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. The Attorney General began his legal career in 1984 working in a legal services office representing the mentally ill.

Born in Sacramento, California, Attorney General Becerra is the son of working-class parents and was the first in his family to receive a four-year degree, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. His mother was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to the United States after marrying his father. He is married to Dr. Carolina Reyes, and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia.

For nearly three decades, Eric Rivera has dedicated his life to advancing access, student success and achievement for all students in higher education. Mr. Rivera’s career in higher education spanned four institutions across the country and two of the largest state university systems in the nation (California State University and State University of New York). For the last 22 years, he served the community of San Diego through his work at San Diego State University (SDSU), most currently as their Vice President for Student Affairs.

Born and raised in the Bronx in New York City to immigrant parents who did not speak English, Mr. Rivera was the first in his family to go away and graduate from college. As a first-generation college student, he experienced firsthand the complexity and challenges of navigating college, facing obstacles his peers didn’t experience. This experience formed the foundation of his motivation to ensuring all students have the capital when entering college, and the importance of aligning campus resources with student access and student success strategies.

As Vice President for Student Affairs at SDSU, Mr. Rivera is responsible for the strategic planning and analysis of the division and has direct oversight for administering the division’s $60-million budget. Under his leadership, the division of Student Affairs significantly expanded learning communities and student support centers – such as the Black Resource Center, Commuter Resource Center, the Pride Center, Women’s Resource Center, and the Undocumented Resource Area. Mr. Rivera built the nationally recognized Aztec Parents Program which connects families to the university through meaningful programs, and established SDSU as a national leader in parent programs, alongside Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, according to publications like the Los Angeles Times.

During Mr. Rivera’s time at SDSU, the university has grown from a regional university into one that is nationally recognized for its mission of access; academic and research excellence; and global focus. Mr. Rivera has played important roles in developing transformational educational opportunities, enhancing and expanding the campus’s physical landscape, and leveraging SDSU’s rich diversity to maximize the personal and academic success of all students. These efforts contributed to raising retention and graduation rates for all students while nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups. The university was recognized by The Education Trust as one of only 26 universities in the country that have increased graduation rates for all students while nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups.

At SDSU, while the overall graduation rate is 75.3%, African American students are graduating at 72.0%; Latino students at 72.5%; and low-income first-generation students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are graduating at 71.1%. Most recently, SDSU was named a Top 100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, ranking No. 17th, recognizing the institution’s strengths in supporting and graduating minority students. The Top 100 report is the only national report on the awarding of degrees to African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American students at U.S. universities and colleges.

Mr. Rivera’s professional affiliations include National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), Association for the Study of Higher Education, and Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (ASHE & HACU). He served on NASPA’s Latino Knowledge Community Advisory Board and Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program Advisory Board.

In addition to his professional associations, Mr. Rivera is very active in the community. He was a member of the San Diego Community College Trustee’s Advisory Board and the City of San Diego Otay Mesa Planning Group. Mr. Rivera was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors from 2002 through 2006; and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Committee during 2003-2004. He also currently sits on the San Diego Gas and Electric Advisory Board.

Mr. Rivera was honored with an SDSU Presidential Top 25 Award in 2007 and again in 2010. He was the recipient of an Abrazo award in 2010. He was also the recipient of the NASPA Latino Knowledge Community’s Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer Award in March 2007.

Elections, ACT-SO, Superior Court, CHP and more…

At tonight’s General Membership Meeting, we have four agenda items:

  • Upcoming branch elections
  • ACT-SO
  • Matter concerning the Superior Court
  • Captain Penner of the El Cajon California Highway Patrol (CHP) will talk briefly about “What the El Cajon California Highway Patrol can do to improve trust with the public” and will answer questions that the membership may have.

See you tonight at 6pm, at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave!

Watch: ACT-SO at Casa del Rey Moro

ACT-SO invited participants and friends to join a tour of Casa del Rey Moro, a museum dedicated to the history of African peoples.  After the tour, we had pizza and snacks in the park in the center of Historic Old Town San Diego.  Here’s a little taste of what we did:

2018-2019 ACT-SO Kickoff

Forget sportsball—on September 22nd, ACT-SO is back!

ACT-SO is the NAACP’s academic enrichment program and competition for African-American high school students.  Last year, the NAACP San Diego gave out $1400 in scholarships and one all-expense paid trip to the National ACT-SO competition in San Antonio, Texas.  This year will be even better!

COMPETITORS • MENTORS • JUDGES • VOLUNTEERS • SPONSORS

Come to the Jackie Robinson YMCA on the evening of September 22nd. We’ll feed you, entertain you and let you in on this fantastic opportunity!

Sign up now via Eventbrite:

bit.ly/actso-kickoff-2019

 

Casa del Rey Moro Tour

On the evening of August 31st, take a world tour through 6000 years of African world history with the NAACP San Diego branch ACT-SO program! The house of the Moorish King is open to visitors for a thorough education (or re-education) of the rich history of Africa and its contribution to today’s society right in beautiful Old Town.

This tour will take place in 2 parts. One part through the museum and the other through Old Town. A light snack will be provided prior to the event and dinner offered following the tours. Get your name on the list ASAP to have your door fee, snack, and dinner covered by the NAACP.

Space is limited and this tour is already over 50% filled. Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot! 

See you soon!