In celebration of Black History Month, Sigma Upsilon Nu, SL Sorority would like to educate our peers on some of the worlds most powerful, creative, and fabulous women of African decent, who are also members of Greek-Letter Organizations.
On this Fourth day of February, we are shining the spotlight on Hydeia Broadbent.
Remember this little girl from Oprah?
Well, she has grown into a beautiful woman!
At birth, Hydeia Broadbent was abandoned at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas where Patricia and Loren Broadbent adopted her as an infant. Although her HIV condition was congenital, she was not diagnosed as HIV-positive with advancement to AIDS until age three. Now at the age of 29, Hydeia spends her time spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, by: promoting abstinence, safe-sex practices (for people who choose to have sex), and HIV/AIDS Awareness and prevention.“People think because I was born with HIV my story does not apply to them. Well this same disease I am living with is the same disease you can get if you don’t practice safe sex and know your HIV status and the HIV status of your sexual partner. I ask people to use my testimony as a warning of what you don’t want to go through.” Broadbent explains.Over the next 10 years, Hydeia has become a notable speaker and guest panelist at many of America’s most respected educational institutions including but not limited to Duke University, Spelman, UCLA, USC, and Howard University.Read more on Hydeia’s personal blog.
Hydeia became an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on June 15th, 2012.
When ask the question about her sorority, and if it has helped to strengthen her passion to help other women, Hydeia responded:
Yes, being a part of Sigma Gamma Rho is very different for me. [We] genuinely love and appreciate and cheer each other on. It was a support system that I wasn’t aware of. I [had no idea] how big the organization really was. It’s a group of women that though our number is small, our quality is [not compromised]. We can stand alone and be strong.