In an effort to spotlight the younger leaders who’re main undergraduate chapters throughout the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s Upsilon Zeta Chapter at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and did an interview with Brian David Hanson, Jr.
the president of the chapter.
The place of president of an undergraduate chapter of a Black fraternity is a extremely revered position and there’s a particular delight that one takes. 21-year-old Brian David Hanson, Jr.
has used the place to realize new management expertise, enhance the lives of different college students on campus and assist the group round him.
We interviewed the Pc Engineering main and talked about his place, objectives, future and what it means to carry a management place on campus in the digital age.
Learn the full interview under.
What does it imply to be a chapter president to you?
The Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has been at the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since February 28, 2016. Being Chapter President of this up and coming chapter is an honor. I’ve the alternative to proceed pioneering a legacy based mostly on brothers who’ve crossed earlier than me whereas creating my very own with the present brothers on the yard. I’m grateful to be the Chapter President this yr to create a priority that may solely proceed as an example how excessive we maintain the mild of Alpha.
What made you determine to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for undergrad?
I attended Chesapeake Excessive Faculty STEM Academy in Essex, MD which is 30 minutes away from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMBC). I’ve spent quite a few summers at UMBC throughout highschool via the Basic Upward Sure Program which established many significant relationships with employees and school at UMBC. Amongst the employees and school, who I like the most is the present president of the college, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III. The admiration for Dr. Hrabowski was instilled in me by my mom who’s a 100% Everlasting-Complete Disabled Gulf Conflict Veteran who has been pivotal role-model and given nothing however unconditional help to my undergraduate educational profession in STEM. Fortuitously, she found the Meyerhoff Students Program which was my principal inspiration for making use of to UMBC. With this program I might achieve publicity in the direction of pursuing a research-based terminal diploma as an African-American male whereas studying what learning science entails. UMBC is understood for its revolutionary and inclusive analysis tradition which has continued to assist different research-focused and post-baccalaureate packages flourish. As a Meyerhoff and McNair Scholar, I’ve wanted quite a few alternatives that UMBC has afforded to progress in the direction of incomes a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
What particular initiatives is your chapter heading up this yr and the way do you assume they may enhance the campus/surrounding group?
This yr we have now dedicated our programming to those three major areas for the fall and spring semester.
– Civic Engagement and Voter Schooling
– Mentoring and Educational Preparation
– The Promotion of Wholesome Relationships
Some of our on-going tasks are:
– Voteless Individuals Is A Hopeless Individuals
These are a gaggle of packages which might be designed to reinforce the communities information and consciousness in civic and voting issues.
– Go-To-Excessive Faculty, Go-To-School
These are a set of mentoring and campus tour periods that we offer to native faculties in the group.
– Venture Alpha
These are a collection of workshops that train younger males easy methods to keep away from poisonous masculinity and foster relationships that may have higher progress for younger males.
What made you need to pledge Alpha Phi Alpha?
Rising up as an solely baby, I had no Greek background or info earlier than getting into school from siblings and even my mother and father. However, my publicity modified once I turned a member of the 27th cohort of the Meyerhoff Students Program. This was once I was capable of meet Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III who, I didn’t know was a brother of Alpha at the time, however all the time role-modeled distinctive management qualities of an Alpha male to me. As one of the founders of the Meyerhoff Students Program, Dr. Hrabowski continued to encourage and encourage students like myself to pursue our highest potential academically whereas exploring alternatives to be leaders. It was after my first semester at UMBC that, I met older students who have been very distinguished African-American males and have been extra than simply leaders in the classroom. Their affect and repair for the black group have been most interesting elements that exemplified each Dr. Hrabowski, III and these older Meyerhoff Students have been examples for me to comply with on a path that lead me to Alpha.
What’s it about your particular chapter that makes it so distinctive?
My chapter could be very distinctive as a result of of its age however much more importantly its historical past. This chapter was born out of a want to take care of shut affiliation and unified help for all of its members being that UMBC is a PWI. The similar spirit that birthed Alpha at Cornell was established on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) by means of the chartering of the Nu Kappa Chapter on December 16, 1977. A profitable basis in agency values of Brotherhood, espousing the rules of good character, sound scholarship, fellowship and the uplifting of humanity was demonstrated by the brothers of Nu Kappa. After a quick hiatus, the spirit of Alpha was reactivated at UMBC by means of the chartering of the Upsilon Zeta Chapter on February 28, 2016. We as the brothers of Upsilon Zeta whole-heartedly consider bringing from the previous and ushering a steady effort in the direction of constructing upon our fraternities distinguished historical past of involvement, achievement, and management in civil human rights efforts, in addition to in lots of charitable service tasks at UMBC and the surrounding communities.
We now reside in a digital world, what do you assume undergraduate chapters throughout all orgs have to do to characterize themselves on-line in 2018?
I personally attend a PWI, and never many individuals on campus are conscious of wealthy tradition and historical past related to Black Greek Fraternities & Sororities. This is the reason I’m additionally presently the president of the Nationwide Pan Hellenic Council at UMBC. My imaginative and prescient being that we reside in a digital age, is that we will domesticate the presence we established on social media to construct a community with people and teams to share content material ubiquitously. The alternative to point out individuals in actual time the impression that organizations are having in the group is unimaginable. Personally, I’m grateful that we use Instagram to doc and showcase all of the packages and actions we do. Nevertheless, we satisfaction ourselves in utilizing this platform to be mature and chargeable for the content material we make out there to endlessly extra construct our model as a chapter. Every member of this chapter is doing one thing nice and it is very important let the group find out about it. As a model, our illustration is important at the present time to proceed fostering relationships with different chapters and organizations. We understand that we aren’t restricted to only our campus and chapter.
What does management imply to you?
Leadership to me is the potential to exhibit self-confidence when having to make troublesome selections. As a pacesetter for my chapter and the NPHC, I consider I used to be elected to those positions as a result of of my capability to affect the conduct of others by way of a capability of organizing and galvanizing a standard imaginative and prescient. Typically I’ve discovered the troublesome determination to be what variety of imaginative and prescient encompasses the values and beliefs of everybody and could be carried out in both a semester or a given faculty yr? As a scholar chief on UMBC’s campus, I attempt to position mannequin that anybody may also help me make a distinction in our campus group.
Why do you assume Watch The Yard is essential to Black greekdom?
Watch The Yard is a platform for each Greeks and non-Greeks to rejoice and encourage each other, as we collectively work to uplift the communities during which we stay, work, play, and most significantly, serve to make sure that Black greekdom can proceed to flourish.
What does brotherhood imply to you?
Brotherhood to me signifies that we as brothers show reciprocity it doesn’t matter what. I can all the time name my brothers in occasions of want, to review, and fellowship. All of us come from many various backgrounds and cultures, however we share the similar love for this fraternity and watching one another develop. I can by no means take without any consideration the alternative I used to be given to hitch this illustrious fraternity and the time those that got here earlier than me have devoted to my improvement. Regardless of how lengthy the bonds have been between my brothers, we’re all the time prepared to take out the time to verify in and look out for one another. As we proceed to cherish the power of our bonds, I want for us to proceed exemplifying what true brotherhood is.
What do you propose on doing after commencement?
I nonetheless have a yr left to finish my Pc Engineering main so I’m targeted on finishing this process first. Nevertheless, I’m concerned with making use of for Ph.D. packages in Biomedical Engineering in the subject of Rehabilitation Sciences and Know-how. As I discussed earlier than, my mom’s incapacity has not stopped her from being who she is to me in my life. Subsequently, I do know there are different individuals in the world with comparable or worse circumstances that simply want some type of help to be an inspiration to others. By doing analysis on how you can enhance their high quality of life, I consider anybody can serve others to assist them higher themselves in order that they will do the similar for anyone.
We at Watch The Yard want to commend Brian Hanson, Jr. for his work as the president of Upsilon Zeta Chapter which has a legacy that started in 2016.