Soror Spotlight

Janice Binford

Janice Brandon Binford was initiated into Delta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on November 12, 1976 and recently celebrated 43 years as a member of Delta.  Janice is a former member of Tampa Alumnae Chapter (FL) and Past President of Hawaii Alumnae Chapter, Honolulu, Hawaii.  She is currently a Diamond Life member of Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter, where she has served as Recording Secretary, Parliamentarian, Internal Development Committee Chair, Courtesy Committee Chair, and May Week Committee Chair.  Janice has served as Chair of Vendors for Georgia State Cluster and Founders Day and as a member of the 2019 National Convention Career Fair Committee. She is currently a member of the Internal Development, Economic Development and Sponsorship committees. In 2016, she was nominated for MRAC Delta of the Year.  She is responsible for securing thousands of grant dollars from BB&T for MRAC’s Economic Empowerment Summits over the years.

She is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Janice is Vice President of Talent Acquisition in the Human Resources division, covering the state of Georgia with BB&T Bank, now Truist Bank with direct responsibility for managing the staffing and hiring for the community bank branches in the Georgia Region. She is a recognized community leader with varied experiences of interaction and engagement, who is proficient in fundraising, business development, organizing and advising for various events.

Claudia Nelson, PhD

For 32 years, Claudia has been a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She was initiated in the Eastern Region (Epsilon Tau Chapter, New York City-Wide). In 1996, she joined MRAC. Of all the wonderful opportunities she has had in Delta, Claudia finds notable the following: the sheer joy she gained working with her sorors of MRAC and building the Redemption School Complex in Ghana, West Africa, and serving on the National Program, Planning and Development Committee International Awareness and Involvement Subcommittee. Claudia is a native of Bronx, New York, and a twice graduate of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia with a Doctorate in Political Science and Master’s in African American Studies, May 2007 and May 2000, respectively.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Lehman College, C.U.N.Y. in Bronx, New York in 1989.

Professionally, Claudia has been named one of five to participate in the inaugural 2020 Anchor Institution Fellowship program.  In 2017 she was named a 2017-2018 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.  She has been a member of the faculty of Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland since 2008. Claudia is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and Chairperson of the Department of Applied Social and Political Sciences.  Her dissertation, “African American Women’s Activism Under-girded by Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., A Legacy of Social and Political Action, 1913 – 2006,” was the foundation for the book, Advocacy in Action: 100 Years of Social Action in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., published by DREF for Delta’s Centennial celebration.