"Sisterhood is a bond we share..."
2021 Soror of the Year: Tameka Tanner
Get to Know our 2021 Soror of the Year, Tameka Tanner
Where did you attend college?
I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
When were you initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated?
I was initiated into our great sorority Fall, 2003 by way of Too Too Xi Nu Omega.
Why did you join Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority?
Growing up, I had the privilege of knowing and loving many women who are a part of the organization, but I was most influenced by Soror Ericka Hardin-Gibson and Soror Tamiko Lowery- Jones. These ladies were some of my role models! They were beautiful, not just in appearance, but in spirit. They carried themselves with class and a spirit of excellence, and they mentored me my freshman year of high school that left an everlasting impact. I knew at an early age that Alpha Kappa Alpha was the only choice. I consider myself a selfless person, and Alpha Kappa Alpha is an organization that puts service to all mankind before their own desires. I was a part of two start-up mentoring programs that both focused on mentoring young African American women, one being F.A.A.C.E.S. (Focused African Americans w/Class, Elegance and Style). F.A.A.C.E.S allowed me and the other young ladies to really pour into the next generation and that was rewarding. Not only because it is a cause that I hold near and dear, but because my heart is made full by helping others. I felt that was one of my life's purposes and pledging AKA would allow me to serve on a larger scale.
When did you join the Epsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter?
I officially joined EEOmega in 2019 and have hit the ground running ever since.
What offices have you held in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated?
I have served on numerous committees but I have held the Hostess, Financial Secretary, Treasurer (Foundation), Founders' Day chairman and Foundation co-chair.
What do you enjoy most about being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,Incorporated?
Simply put, the service and the sisterhood. It feels amazing serving alongside a group of smart, beautiful like minded women. It is always an honor to lead the charge to advance our community.
What does being sisterly mean to you?
Being sisterly means giving and receiving unconditional love while encouraging and cheering one another along. Together we all win!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy naps, quiet time and shopping when time permits.
What motto/scripture do you live by?
The scripture that I meditate on the most and hold dear to my heart is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”