3 For You: Transcending Barriers with Tri Delta
News | May 26, 2020

In Tri Delta’s series, “3 For You,” we’re covering the best tips from experts as we navigate our current situation during COVID-19. In this special edition, we’re highlighting Tri Delta seniors in honor of our Senior Celebration Week! Recent graduate Sabur Woldu, Texas/Dallas, was collegiate chapter president of Epsilon Theta Chapter and served on Tri Delta’s 2019-2020 Collegiate Advisory Panel. Sabur will be joining Tri Delta as a chapter development consultant. Read more from Sabur’s “3 for You” interview below, or listen to the podcast.

Earlier this year during Tri Delta Collegiate Leadership Conference, CEO Karen Hughes White, Georgia, sat down with recent graduate Sabur who shared her thoughts on leading through change, transcending barriers, and the legacy she wants to leave.

Leading Through Change

As a leader, you are experiencing change on a daily basis—whether it’s within your chapter, coming down from a hierarchy above, or campus changes, you’re dealing with something. As a leader you have the job of juggling all these changes that come from all different directions. In the end it makes you a better person; it makes you a more well-rounded person, and it allows you to learn about yourself because you’re not only changing as a person, you’re changing as a leader and you’re also changing with your environment.

“Tri Delta transcends all barriers and concentrates on sisterhood.” 

Tri Delta has a lot of chapters—more than 140 chapters across North America. That means we come from very different backgrounds, and there are a lot of barriers, whether it’s state-wise or school-wise. There are so many different ways we can be blocked from each other. But Tri Delta is kind alike to all. That means that it doesn’t matter what country you came from. It doesn’t matter if you’re first-generation or second-generation. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, Muslim or Christian, Tri Delta is for you because Tri Delta embodies every single woman in, not only this country, but the world. It transcends all barriers because there is no one kind of woman in Tri Delta.

That means we have a lot of different kinds of women, but we respect that. And I will take input from another woman because I may not have grown up like she did, but I respect where she came from because she’s going to be able to bring something new to the table. So when I say “Tri Delta transcends all barriers” that’s what I mean. And then when you concentrate on your sisterhood, you’re able to have this melting pot of sisterhood with women from all different parts of the world. That’s the beautiful part of Tri Delta—we’re not only learning about ourselves, we’re learning about different cultures and people and that’s going to help us when we enter the workforce.

Leaving a Legacy

I want to be known as a person who woke up every day and wanted to be a voice for the voiceless. I want to ensure I leave everything better than it was before I came. That’s it for me. Because I think that as a woman there are so many things you can touch and do, but you have to give love in one thing in order for it grow. If you sprinkle a bit of love, determination and empowerment wherever you go, you don’t know who you’re impacting. Whatever person you touch or whatever thing you touch could go on to touch somebody else. That’s what I want my influence and legacy to be: She made me a better person so in turn I went out and did that for somebody else.

Want more? Watch this video, or find more helpful 3 For You topics.

Our “3 for You” series will be going on hiatus for the summer, but we’ll be back with more “3 for You” later this year! In the meantime, we’ll be launching our special Distinguished Deltas podcast series, and you can always look back at past 3 For You topics here.


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