International Awareness & Involvement

World AIDS Day commemorated officially on December 1st is a day recognized globally each year to remember those lives lost from AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and supports those living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).  AIDS is caused by untreated HIV which attacks the body’s immune system.  The 2021 theme is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.”  Houston Alumnae Chapter’s (HAC) International Awareness & Involvement Committee in partnership with AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) will commemorate World AIDS Day on Monday, December 13th at 7PM CST by presenting a panel discussion hosted by Jeffrey Campbell, Chief Program Officer of AFH and moderated by HAC’s Karen Stewart.  The panelists of subject matter experts including Yolanda Jones, Nathan Maxey and Dr. Teriya Richmond, will discuss diagnosis, treatment, prevention and response to HIV/AIDS.

Meet our Panelists

Yolanda Jones, MPA

Yolanda Jones, MPA

Yolanda Jones serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AIDS Services of Dallas. She provides leadership in the area of housing and support services for low income and homeless individuals and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. She empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives. Ms. Jones is a proud graduate of Texas Southern University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communications and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. She has recently served as the Chaplain for Collin County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Nathan Maxey, MPA

Nathan Maxey, MPA

Nathan Maxey serves as the C.H.A.N.G.E. (Change through Healing, Awareness, Networks, and Gateways to Empowerment) Project Coordinator for the Texas Southern University S.H.A.P.E. (Substance Use, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention Education) Initiative. His work is a university and community-based partnership that seeks to increase access to substance use and dependence, HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infections) and Hepatitis-C information, screenings, and referrals among at-risk populations in the 3rd and 5th Ward areas of Houston, Texas. He lives the mantra, “Nothing for us without us,” because it summarizes his passion and vigor for HIV Advocacy as a person openly living with HIV for twenty years. He is a graduate of Texas Southern University where he earned Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees.

Teryia Richmond, MD, MPH

Teryia Richmond, MD, MPH

Dr. Teriya Richmond serves as the Chief Medical Officer of AIDS Foundation Houston after previously serving on its Board of Directors. She provides women's health services in the historic Houston 3rd Ward community in partnership with Essential Body Bar offering multidisciplinary medical and spa services. Dr. Richmond has also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Houston in the Family Medicine department. She is a graduate of Mount Saint College in Clinton, Iowa and attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine and School of Public Health where she received Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees. Dr. Richmond has completed an internship at the Chicago Department of Public HIV/AIDS while attending University of Illinois graduate school and Family and Community Medicine training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

The International Awareness & Involvement Mission is “to promote and enhance global citizenship within our sisterhood, by broadening the knowledge and understanding of other nations, increasing interest in international affairs and developing a greater appreciation for different backgrounds and cultures.”
The HAC International Awareness & Involvement (IAI) Committee is committed to this mission by providing financial support to Grand Chapter through the IAI Sustainability Plan for the seven approved international projects:

  1. Adelaide Tambo School (South Africa)
  2. Delta House/Vashti Village (Swaziland)
  3. DST School Cynthia Butler McIntyre Campus (Haiti)
  4. Mary Help of the Sick Hospital (Kenya)
  5. I CAN FLY International (Kenya)
  6. Muindi Mbingu Boys Secondary School (Kenya)
  7. T.R.E.E. – Training Resources for Early Education (South Africa)

HAC IAI provides additional financial support through the Blazing Southwest Region to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Elementary School, The Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in Chérette, Haiti for meals, staffing and facility improvements at the campus.

HAC IAI further supports this mission by hosting an annual World AIDS Day event and partnering with community organizations to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, identify support services and commemorate individuals that lost their lives to the disease.

Past and future projects include:

  • Adopt a Community Area School
  • Delta Days at the Nations Capitol
  • HAC Education Sponsorship Beyond Our Boarders
  • Honduras Pillowcase Dresses Project
  • International Day of Education
  • International Literacy Day
  • K.I.N.D. Funds – Kids In Need of Desks
  • The Bucket Project
  • World Diabetes Day
  • World Teachers Day

For more information about HAC International Awareness & Involvement Programs and how to participate, please contact us at:  iai@dsthoustonalumanae.org.