Turner First Recipient to Receive Delta Sigma Theta International Awareness, Involvement Heritage Award

Dr. Bernard Turner, professor and director of Belmont’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship, was recently recognized by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the Nashville Alumnae Chapter’s first International Awareness and Involvement Heritage Award.

Since its establishment, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has shown itself to be a public service organization confronting the problems and enhancing the lives of black and indigenous people of color in America and abroad. A wide range of programs addressing education, health, international awareness, economic development, social action and strengthening families have emerged and evolved over the years. These programs provide an extensive array of public service through the Sorority’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.

Through the International Awareness and Involvement (IAI) Thrust, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. harnesses its vast potential to strategically impact the plight of people living across the diaspora. The sorority will continue to move International Awareness and Involvement forward in the 21st Century by strengthening its contributions and participation in Africa and Haiti.

The chapter took note of Dr. Turner’s commitment to and continued support of outreach ministry both at home and abroad via numerous mission trips to Haiti and Belize where health needs and other services are provided to local and international communities that may not receive medical attention otherwise.

Turner said, “I was surprised, humbled and appreciative to receive this award. I had no idea that this wonderful organization knew of my work. What an honor.”

In commemoration and celebration of the Chapter’s heritage as it celebrates its 91st anniversary this year, Bernard accepted his award at a presentation on April 10.