The Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) is the first in Minnesota, the first at MCTC, and the seventh in the whole country to be created. Stemming from the group Student African American Brotherhood/Brother 2 Brother (SAAB/B2B), SAAS is hoping to make the same impact that other African American Education (AME) programs have made on campus. The group aims to help students with their college success, career preparation, and development.
In March earlier this year, four female members from SAAB/B2B attended the SAAB National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. There, they met Khalilah Shabazz, who started the first SAAS group at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 2005. Some of the group’s objectives, similar to SAAB’s, include unifying African American women, building their character and preparing them for life beyond college.
Shabazz encouraged the SAAB members to start a SAAS at MCTC, which now joins a short list of other colleges, high schools and even a middle school.
Over the summer, the girls got together to plan how to publicize the group and what events they wanted to hold during the school year. SAAB’s faculty advising board recommended English instructor Valerie Deus to be the new group’s adviser.
“They said they needed someone young, fresh and hip,” Deus said. “And I liked that they wanted to start their own chapter [for women].”
Deus says that SAAS will benefit
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