Howard University

Epsilon Sigma Iota



Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated (ESI) was founded on November 4, 1920 and incorporated on June 17, 1921 at Howard University School of Law. The founding women of excellence were Pearl Beldon, Willie Hazel Blount, Ollie May Cooper, Margaret DuBose, May Corinne Martin, Bertha C. McNeil, Zephyr Abigail Moore, and Gladys Tignor Peterson.

The organization was chartered with a threefold purpose. First, the sorority was to serve as a tool to motivate women to become lawyers. Second, it was to serve as a conduit to placing female Howard Law graduates in meaningful legal careers. Finally, it was to create a useful network of female graduates.


To encourage women to assume leadership positions in law school and throughout the legal community, to provide opportunities for networking and mentorship, and to promote the role of women as legal practitioners, academicians and scholars. The Sorority is to serve as a vehicle for achieving these goals, with an ultimate aim of facilitating the overall advancement of women, especially those of African descent, in the legal profession. While ESIís mission continues to encompass the focus of networking and mentorship that was established by our founders, we have additionally committed ourselves to community outreach and economic development.

ESI seeks to empower women through programs that focus on academic, professional and personal development. Most importantly, we encourage women to assume leadership positions at the law school and in the greater legal community.


Epsilon Sigma Iota, incorporated in 1921, was founded for social and educational purposes, and to induce other women to enter into the study of law. Today, our focus has expanded to include promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession, especially those of color and from disadvantaged backgrounds, for the ultimate purpose of achieving a better, more prosperous society.


Please feel free to help support the mission and purpose of Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated by donating to our organization. If you are interested in contributing, please contact our Treasurer at


Mock Contracts Exam
Each year the Sorority hosts a Mock Exam, which provides 1L students with the opportunity to participate in an exam simulation in preparation for their actual exams. Students are frequently encouraged to take practice exams under actual testing conditions and this program gives students the opportunity to do so. Students are encouraged to then take those exams to their professors for review and feedback.

Additional study tips are provided to participating students.

The afternoon tea is a mix and mingle event held in the fall semester. The purpose of this event is to bring the school community together in fellowship.

After a brief welcome, the 2L and 3L attendees answer any questions that the 1Ls may have regarding law school and provide them with advice and encouragement.

Networking 101
Networking 101 generally takes place during ESI Week, where a panel of sorority alumnae discuss important ďdoís and donítsĒ of networking in various settings.

Attendees are given the opportunity to ask legal professionals specific questions about successful networking skills. The Program is followed by a networking reception.

2016-2017 Executive Board
President Victoria Mansoor
Vice-President Helen Osun
Treasurer Desirae Tongco
Secretary Ashley Jones
Alumnae Liaison Jennifer Moore
Community Service Chair Niya Rafari-Pearson
Historian Madison Gibbs
Parliamentarian Manonh Soumahoro
Social Chair Lola Adeoye
Sisterhood Chairs Katrenia Shelly and Nicole Franks
National Chapter Delegate Dana McCann
Membership Intake Chair Lauren Jackson


2016 Membership Intake Class
    1. Olufunlola Adeoye
    2. Olamide Fadahunsi
    3. Nicole Franks
    4. Madison Gibbs
    5. Melody Godbolt
    6. Ashley Jones
    7. Frances Lawson
    8. Brittney Martin
    9. Dana McCann
    10. Monique Peterkin
    11. Niya Rafari-Pearson
    12. Katrenia Shelly
    13. Manonh Soumahoro
2015 Membership Intake Class
    1. Nadia Baksh
    2. Ashley Beard
    3. Danica Brown
    4. Leslie Gouthro
    5. Kandyce Jackson
    6. Lauren Jackson
    7. Alexis James
    8. April Jones
    9. Victoria Mansoor
    10. Shaneka McKellar
    11. Shaquila Montgomery
    12. Jennifer Moore
    13. Helen Osun
    14. Vianca Simpson
    15. Leonie Stoute
    16. Desirae Tongco
    17. Keitshawna Williams
2014 Membership Intake Class
    1. Nairuby Beckles
    2. Ashley Bennett
    3. Sharifa Crawford
    4. Stephanie De Los Santos
    5. Sitota Douglas
    6. Ashlyann Harrison
    7. Karissa Johnson
    8. Morgan Logan
    9. Alicia Lee
    10. Amber Mason
    11. Akasha Perez
    12. Monica Reid
    13. Monisola Salaam
    14. Chastity Threadcraft
    15. Tanesha Viverette
2013 Membership Intake Class
    1. Pembe Besingi
    2. Ashley Cross
    3. DeNealia Cunningham
    4. Tabitha Ferrer
    5. Ashley Foote
    6. Ashley Futrell
    7. Felecia Hunter
    8. Mercedes Knight
    9. Skylah Mitchell
    10. Cadene Russell
    11. Latisha Spence-Rivera
    12. Dominique Wales
    13. Brittany Williams
2012 Membership Intake Class
    1. Alexia Brown
    2. Darra Demps
    3. Karen Egbuna
    4. Tamika Hawkins
    5. Erika James
    6. Brandi Lofton
    7. Melissa Lovell
    8. Ashley Reece
    9. Ashley Sawyer
    10. Tiana Towns
    11. Brandi Twiggs
    12. Cindy Unegbu
    13. Sierra Wallace
2011 Membership Intake Class
    1. Kendra Courtney Adjei
    2. Auborn Finney
    3. Gabrielle Hall
    4. Laura Harding
    5. Samantha Hoagland
    6. Jackie Ihekwaba
    7. L’Kel Little
    8. Mikhaila McNicholls
    9. Amber Melton
    10. Yolanda Melville
    11. Taneka Miller
    12. Michelle Mills
    13. Nadine Mompremier
    14. Jasmine Negron
    15. Angela Porter
    16. Violet Richardson
    17. Courtney Scrubbs
Spring Intake Class of 2010
    1. Stella Adegite
    2. Taris Burgess
    3. Katina Chase
    4. Nicole Grant
    5. Tamika Griffin
    6. Sha-Kara Jackson
Spring Intake Class of 2009
    1. Stacy Allen
    2. Jessica Cooper
    3. Kristin Dobbs
    4. Aliciamarie Johnson
    5. Rachel Johnson
    6. Nadia Jones
    7. Leila Khazra
    8. Taylor Lewis
    9. Margarita Macon
    10. Alexius Parraway
    11. Deenea Shepherd
    12. Fathia Touray
Spring Intake Class of 2008
    1. Kemba Bowles
    2. Christina Calloway
    3. Courtney Dixion
    4. Izu Emeagwali
    5. Koryn High
    6. Jeanne Laurenceau
    7. Ashley Lawson
    8. Regine Pointdujour
Spring Intake Class of 2007
    1. Megan Boler
    2. Regina Brooks
    3. Tracy Burgess
    4. Shara Chang
    5. Danielle Davis
    6. Christa Forman
    7. Lindsay Hamilton
    8. Michele Jones
    9. Denise Linton
    10. Natalia Menesese-Brooks
    11. Jennifer Na
    12. Chanda Rice
    13. Valerie Rivers
    14. Shaili Shah
    15. Shannon Stokes
    16. Tiffany Tucker
    17. Krystal Williams

Intake Class of 2006
    1. Gina Antillus
    2. Lynettra Artis
    3. Marcia Bowman
    4. LaTasha Carter
    5. Nina Frant
    6. Tina Greene
    7. Amy Hatcher
    8. Whitney Jordan
    9. Maria Lloyd
    10. Ayana Robertson
    11. April Williams

Intake Class of 2005
Intake Class of 2004
  1. Shabnam Ahmed
  2. Joye Anderson
  3. Kasara Davidson
  4. Shirlethia Franklin
  5. Josephine Harriott
  6. Stephanie Harris
  7. Kamilah House
  8. Erin Johnson
  9. Tia Lance
  10. Angela Lipscomb
  11. Ekwutozia Nwabuzor
  12. Tony Sweeney
  13. Alexis Sykes
  14. Diana Vilmenay
  15. Reyna Walters
  1. Lenye Adams
  2. Racquel Callender
  3. Shannon Davis
  4. Stacey Demps
  5. Keri Foster
  6. Shrena Fraser
  7. Charlotte Grissom
  8. Sasha Hodge-Wren
  9. Michelle Miller
  10. Bernice Mireku
  11. Autumn Montague
  12. Adeyinka Oyesile
  13. Kristen Phinnessee
Intake Class of 2003
Intake Class of 2002
  1. Dalila Best
  2. Alesia Black
  3. Miesha Darrough
  4. Carmiece Graves
  5. Jennifer Hare
  6. Janelle White-Jones
  7. Fasha Lewis
  8. Lani Shaw
  9. Tameka Simmons
  10. Natalie Ward
  11. Rachel Zinman
  1. Nebiat Baaraz
  2. L’Erin Barnes
  3. Stephanie Bea
  4. Salihah Essed
  5. Genelle Francis
  6. Da’Net Henderson
  7. Antoinette Kirwan
  8. Stacy Ann Llwellyn
  9. Jocelyn Newman
  10. Nkechinyem Nwabuzor
  11. Ericka Thompson
  12. Natasha A. Yates
Honorary Members
    1. Okianer Christian Dark
    2. Ursula Tracy Doyle
    3. Dione Duckett
    4. Marsha Echols
    5. Alice Gresham-Bullock
    6. Alice Thomas
    7. Rhea Ballard-Thrower
    8. Laurence Nolan
    9. Patricia Worthy


If you are interested in establishing a law school chapter or Alumni chapter of Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated, please contact the National Advisory Board at the following:

Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated
Attention: National Advisory Board
2900 Van Ness Street, NW
410 Notre Dame Hall
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 806-8258


Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Incorporated
Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street, NW
Room 410, Notre Dame Hall
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 806-8258

updated: September 28, 2016