Meet Alexa Smith, Simpson, the talented International Partnerships and Programs Coordinator for the Office of International Programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center. With degrees in integrated marketing communications-creative concentration and in theatre arts, Alexa is responsible for a lot—including managing inbound and outbound programs, agreements, educational exchanges, promotional materials and events. Despite the crazy demands of her job, Alexa knows the importance of maintaining her sanity, and she often takes just a few minutes each day to decompress by listening to music (The Monkees) or blowing bubbles outside (it’s good calming breath work!). When she’s not hard at work, you can find Alexa indulging in belly dancing. With six years of dancing under her belt, Alexa has even taken to the stage to perform with her dance troupe.
Alexa is a member of the Shawnee Mission and Indianola Alumnae chapters and a proud member of the oldest continuously operational chapter of Tri Delta—Delta Chapter founded shortly after Alpha in May 1889. Alexa has spent the last 8 years volunteering in Tri Delta. Prior to her role on the Volunteer Awards Committee, she spent six years as an alumnae specialist. “I enjoy being part of the Volunteer Awards Committee especially recognizing my sisters for their hard work and making sure our sisterhood runs smoothly. Despite all the challenges we’ve faced in the last few years, we’ve come together, and so many people stepped up to keep things going. It is beautiful to see they’re not doing it for recognition, but simply because it needs to get done.
“One of the things I loved about being an alumnae specialist was connecting with sisters from all over and discovering that we’re all going through the same issues. I believe that by finding ways to work together and sharing successful initiatives with other chapters, we can make a real difference. I’m passionate about building relationships and connecting people. For me, being a volunteer is about making a positive impact on the lives of my sisters and the community.”
What made you decide to volunteer for Tri Delta?
“Erika Beatty! When I first met her, she was the president of my alumnae chapter. During our first alumnae event, she talked about the importance of volunteering. Erika and I had a genuine connection right away. I knew I wanted to give back to Tri Delta and utilize my strengths in a way that made a difference. Erika’s enthusiasm for Tri Delta is contagious and something that I try to emulate in my work as a volunteer.”
What do you get most out of volunteering?
“Tri Delta gave me so much when I was in college. Coming from another state and not knowing a single person, having a ‘home’ was a huge deal for me. The sense of community I found within this organization was invaluable, and I knew that I wanted to give back in any way I could.
“For me, volunteering is a way of paying it forward for future generations, even if it’s 100 years from now. I want to make sure that Tri Delta continues to provide a sense of belonging and support for all who need it in their lives, just like it did for me. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to give back and be a part of something bigger than myself.”
What is your most memorable experience as a volunteer?
“Attending Volunteer Leadership Conference (VLC) and meeting some of my now best friends Michelle and Carly in Toronto! I feel so lucky that Tri Delta has brought us together. Whenever I go to Toronto, I make sure to see them. In September 2019, I had the opportunity to participate in a Terry Fox fundraising walk with them! It was a rewarding experience, and I’m grateful that Tri Delta has provided me with so many opportunities.
“Through these experiences, I’ve met so many amazing people and have had opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m grateful for the connections and friendships that Tri Delta has brought into my life.”
What advice do you have for other Tri Deltas who are thinking about volunteering?
“Tri Delta offers so many volunteer roles that can fit into anyone’s timeframe and interests and there’s something out there for everyone. You don’t have to dive in headfirst; there are plenty of ways to get involved and keep Tri Delta in your life. Volunteering with Tri Delta is truly worth it. The organization values its volunteers and makes sure to show it. From Valentine’s postcards to heartfelt thank-yous, knowing that Tri Delta appreciates us makes all the difference.
“It’s easy to let our jobs rule us, but volunteering with Tri Delta reminds us to be available for the things that matter most. Tri Delta has given me so much, and volunteering with them is my way of giving back. I encourage everyone to explore the opportunities Tri Delta has to offer and find a way to give back to this amazing organization.”