Dr Sherri Jones Tapp, Director for Membership Outreach and Diversity
Sherri Tapp joined the Board two years ago. In addition to her experience, skills, and long career in DEI and intercultural work, she brought an enthusiasm and passion for SIETAR USA that inspired all of us. Her presence was like a light shining on our work for SIETAR USA.
Sherri left us very suddenly on March 25, 2021, one month after her 64th birthday. As we mourn her loss, we look to each other for support as we know she would have wanted us to do. Board members Justin Sitron and Rashmi Kapse are preparing a special issue of the newsletter to include tributes from Sherri’s community. They wish to invite SIETAR board members, Oral Roberts University colleagues, Tulsa local community organizations she was involved with, family, and friends to email contributions before April 18 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her friend, Deborah Orlowski (Conference Chair for the 2019 conference in Atlanta) wrote these words that capture how many of us feel:
“At this moment, I have no words to describe Sherri Tapp so I will allow others to do it for me. Here are some of the descriptors I found on her Facebook page. There are more but these shall have to do for now: Dear friend, sister, mentor, and leader. Amazing collaborator, exceptional woman, a champion for (anti-racism work, Sickle Cell Anemia, Greenwood Cultural Center, the university—the list goes on). Inspiring, warrior, woman of faith, servant of humanity, gem and brilliant.
She did all of this with grace, humor, laughter, and most of all love. The legacy that Dr. Sherri Jones Tapp leaves all of us is to continue the fight, the work, the belief that someday we can create a better world for all of us. Rest in power, my sister. We already profoundly miss you.”