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 ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s Kappa Phi Chapter at the University of Maryland – College Park and did an interview with Sydney King the president of the chapter.
The place of president of an undergraduate chapter of a Black sorority is a extremely revered position and there’s a particular satisfaction that one takes. 21-year-previous Sydney King has used the place to realize new management expertise, enhance the lives of different college students on campus and assist the group round her.
We interviewed the Info Methods and Advertising main and talked about her place, objectives, future and what it means to carry a management place on campus within the digital age.
Learn the complete interview under.
What does it imply to be a chapter president to you?
With having the chance to function Chapter President for my chapter, it has allowed me many nice alternatives for me to exemplify my management expertise. My expertise to date has been each an academic and rewarding expertise. I’ve had the pleasure of networking with members in my group itself but in addition inside the Greek group. I’ve discovered a lot from the varied retreats I’ve attended, one being the Maryland Greek Leadership Convention, the place I used to be capable of meet different presidents and government board members throughout all of the greek councils to develop methods to enhance our campus group.
Whereas I’ve had many pleasant moments as president, there have additionally been moments that required me to step out of my consolation zone, in addition to face my weaknesses in an effort to be the simplest president I might to get the job completed. I’ve discovered that serving the position of president doesn’t come straightforward, I’ve additionally discovered the worth of teamwork and belief relating to operating a chapter.
With working a small chapter, all of whom are my linesisters, we’re very shut which helps us carry out nicely and work collectively effectively. Nevertheless, I additionally needed to study the precept of “business versus pleasure”. My linesisters and advisors too have additionally been very supportive all through my complete time on this place. They’ve guided me in studying the procedural enterprise of how you can function a chapter, in addition to served as shoulders to lean on when wanted.
Regardless of the quite a few quantity of management positions I’ve held throughout my time right here at the University, being chapter president has been probably the most distinctive expertise to date and has made me a a lot stronger chief. I’ve discovered how one can deal with enterprise with the folks that I contemplate household, whereas additionally with the ability to lean on and study from different greek leaders on campus all to assist convey related points to our campus by way of every of our particular person core values.
What made you determine to attend the University of Maryland – College Park for undergrad?
I made a decision to attend Maryland as a result of I felt it was the fitting place for me the place I could possibly be challenged and develop as a person.
After a number of school visits, Maryland was the primary faculty I felt was house. To not point out, I additionally come from a Terp household in order that was a tid bit of affect too. My orientations and scholar go to days at the enterprise faculty additionally actually influenced my choice as nicely. As as younger incoming freshman again in 2015 sitting within the lecture corridor seats of Frank Auditorium within the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Enterprise- I instantly felt welcomed to the varsity and noticed it as the perfect match for me to develop in my profession.
Virtually four years later, I can undoubtedly attest that my time right here at UMD has ready me for an ideal future in retailer. I’ve been capable of set up an excellent community to reinforce my professionalism. The enterprise faculty actually ensures that each one college students are ready to enter the workforce with a worldwide mindset and powerful background to be the most effective. There are a number of networking occasions that permit college students to realize apply and set up their very own networks so that everybody can obtain nice alternatives sooner or later. I’ve discovered the best way to construct my model and pioneer my path to succeed in nice heights of success.
By way of my internship expertise at Northrop Grumman, my research overseas journey to Cape City, South Africa, and rigorous programs I’ve taken have all made me a stronger individual and chief as properly. Maryland has been my residence away from residence and I’ll perpetually be pleased about the individuals I’ve met right here in addition to the alternatives which were offered to me throughout my time.
What particular initiatives is your chapter heading up this yr and the way do you assume they may enhance the campus/surrounding group?
Two huge initiatives that our chapter is specializing in for this yr are cross-council relations and psychological well being consciousness.
To increase upon cross-council relations – we attend a faculty the place we’re lucky to have 4 councils current that symbolize the Division of Fraternity and Sorority Life. They embrace IFC( Inter-fraternal Council),PHA( Pan-Hellenic Council), MGC( Multicultural Greek Council), and lastly NPHC ( Nationwide Pan-Hellenic Council). Whereas we’re lucky to have all 4, typically it typically occasions feels divided as a consequence of variations in chapter protocol and communities. As Greeks, we should always not solely work with these inside our chapter, group, or council, however quite put all our initiatives and rules collectively to unify one another.
For our chapter particularly, we’re working with not solely different organizations inside totally different councils via programming but in addition group service occasions in order that we will enhance relations but in addition give again to the group to help nice causes.
So far as psychological well being consciousness, we consider that this can be a matter that’s troublesome to deal with, however can also be essential for the campus group to know. There’s a plethora of analysis being carried out with regard to psychological well being sickness and one of our objectives as a chapter is to deliver consciousness particularly to the African American group with an outlook on how one can search remedy and improve consciousness. Additionally, with Bodily and Psychological Well being being one of our 5 programmatic thrust, as a chapter we attempt to placed on in depth packages to not solely deliver consciousness but in addition assist make it a extra snug matter to remove the stigmas inside our society.
What made you need to pledge Delta Sigma Theta?
With rising up with one youthful brother, I had all the time needed to have a sister. My brother and I are very shut and I might not commerce our bond for something; nevertheless I all the time needed to know what it felt wish to have a sister along with being a sister. Once I got here to the University of Maryland, I had an concept of greek life since each of my mother and father are an element of the Divine 9 ( mom – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and father- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) , however I needed to seek out out for myself what greek life was actually about.
I began doing my very own analysis and commenced to attend the occasions that the Kappa Phi Chapter held on campus and actually resonated with the core precept values that the sorority adhered to take care of. I used to be impressed by the packages that have been placed on by the present chapter at the time and the nationwide programmatic thrusts that the sorority abides by to execute their initiatives. Additionally, I’m a robust believer in giving again to the group by way of public service.
Coming from highschool and being very concerned with group outreach and giving again to a number of non-income, I needed to proceed those self same efforts in school as nicely. Most significantly, I needed a robust sisterhood which was essential to me. I needed to have the ability to give again however alongside these with the identical mindset to assist make a distinction.
At the moment, I’m ceaselessly grateful for the sisterhood that I’ve been blessed with by means of Delta. Not solely has it helped me develop in a number of methods set up an ideal community, however has allowed me to share this eternal bond with my mother and aunt whom I can name my Sorors and of course my line sisters whom I’m so blessed to should share this sisterhood alongside me and my journey that I’ll ceaselessly cherish.
What’s it about your particular chapter that makes it so distinctive?
The factor that I respect probably the most about my chapter is that everybody is basically shut and helps one another when in want. We now have a really shut relationship with our advisors as properly, who too have been initiated via Kappa Phi and I consider that may be a robust element of our chapter dynamic.
Wanting deeper, the Kappa Phi chapter general has a robust and constructive popularity not simply on the campus at University of Maryland however on a better degree as properly. Once I attended the Regional Convention this previous Might 2018, a number of individuals got here as much as myself and my advisors notably recognizing the chapter for all of the exhausting work that we do and for all of chapter’s achievements as nicely. It says alot when your chapter has such a constructive picture on a regional and nationwide degree, and that made me proud to function President for Kappa Phi. Lastly, the sisterhood inside our chapter could be very robust. Sorors will come again for alumnae occasions and chapter packages to help the chapter and construct relationships in order that the robust sisterhood maintains and continues as a practice shifting ahead. General, the community inside the Kappa Phi Chapter is so robust and related so I actually respect that I’m able to have such a robust help system that I can rely on by way of my future endeavors.
We now reside in a digital world, what do you assume undergraduate chapters throughout all orgs have to do to symbolize themselves on-line in 2018?
With the digital world growing with new applied sciences daily, I consider it is extremely essential that undergraduate chapters be very aware of how they current themselves by way of Web. Not solely is it essential to characterize the chapter in a respectful method however as people as nicely. Something that’s posted on the Web may be accessible, so for undergraduates particularly it is very important be aware on what’s posted.
As undergraduates rather a lot of us are in seek for full time employment alternatives submit-commencement or different circumstances that assist us progress within the future- so it’s crucial that we publish on social media with applicable content material. Additionally, members in undergraduate chapters function leaders on campus so there’s all the time somebody watching how members current themselves. It is necessary that members attempt to create a constructive outlook for not solely the chapter, however themselves individually and for the campus as nicely. General, chapters ought to create tips or abide by ones that is perhaps set in place by the nationwide organizations/ faculty insurance policies in order that they make sure the chapter is represented in a constructive method because the use of Web will increase additional time.
What does management imply to you?
Leadership means working along with others to assist evoke change. With being a pacesetter, typically we’re confronted with troublesome duties, however it is very important by no means hand over and keep robust communication with a view to guarantee to get the job carried out. Additionally with management it is very important perceive the worth of teamwork to ensure issues are getting completed in an efficient time method. I’m a robust believer in working collectively and speaking with these I’m working with so that everybody is on the identical web page and works successfully to succeed in the top objective. The results of robust management are very rewarding and it is very important me to create a decent bond particularly inside my chapter in order that we will obtain our objectives and keep a robust sisterhood.
Why do you assume Watch The Yard is essential to Black greekdom?
Watch the Yard is essential to Black greekdom as a result of it permits for members throughout the Divine 9 to be unified throughout a portal that represents chapters worldwide. Additionally with Watch The Yard being a digital platform, that helps promote occasions that happen throughout chapters by way of the Web, particularly because the use of know-how is constantly rising inside our society. Watch The Yard is a really particular element to Black greekdom as a result of it helps instill that whereas there are totally different organizations, there’s nonetheless the identical mindset of robust community of sisterhood/brotherhood with a give attention to scholarship and group service general.
What does sisterhood imply to you?
Sisterhood signifies that regardless of how exhausting issues might get throughout occasions of tribulation, there’s all the time that community that one can depend on to uplift and help in occasions of want. This bond is like no different and is such an necessary facet inside the greek life group. The relationships which might be established are for a lifetime and at the top of the day there’s all the time somebody there to help one and their future endeavors. I’m extraordinarily grateful for the sisterhood that I’ve gained by means of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and wouldn’t commerce it for something because it has helped me develop in a number of methods and I’m excited to see the expansion in my journey shifting ahead.
What do you propose on doing after commencement?
After my commencement in Might 2019 from the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Enterprise , I plan on persevering with my schooling to obtain my Grasp’s of Science in Info Methods. I’m at present enrolled within the Plus One program which permits me to start out taking programs now throughout my senior yr in order that I can acquire my diploma by Might 2020. In the course of the summer time, I plan on finishing an internship for which I at present have a suggestion at Northrop Grumman Company as a Methods Engineering Intern in Baltimore, Maryland.
We at Watch The Yard want to commend Sydney King for her work because the president of Kappa Phi Chapter which has an extended legacy that spans again to 1974.