Student Jasmine McDonald, PRLN 2017, attended the 80th annual NAACP convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, this summer to accept the National College Chapter of the Year award for UTA.
The College Chapter of the Year award is given to the chapter that exemplifies dedicated and selfless service in the categories of health, education, economic empowerment, criminal justice and voter empowerment.
Throughout the year the chapter was very active. They hosted and conducted many programs in these categories.
One of them, Know Your Score, educated members about their credit score, building wealth and how to buy a house. In collaboration with the UTA Health Center, the chapter educated students on how to prevent HIV. They also held an event called Not Another Hashtag, where the Arlington Police Chief discussed police violence in the local community. The chapter conducted a College Tour with the Arlington NAACP Youth Council . We created a fundraising campaign for the victims in Flint, Michigan, and held voter registration drives in the community.
The chapter also received the Economic Empowerment Game Changer Award presented to the unit that best advocated/implemented financial literacy programs for young people of color and created programs/initiatives to address youth and young adult credit debt.
Finally, the UTA chapter received an award for having the Largest NAACP Youth and College Unit in the Nation with over 135 members.
Other UTA students attending included Brandy Fields, Nursing 2018; Demetriah Woods, Psychology 2017; Yoel Zehaie, Political Science 2017; and Jeremy Thigpen, Pre-Med 2017.