In an effort to spotlight the young leaders who’re main undergraduate chapters throughout the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.’s Nu Delta Chapter at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and did an interview with Kia L. Proctor the president of the chapter.
The position of president of an undergraduate chapter of a Black sorority is a highly revered position and there is a particular delight that one takes. 21-year-old Kia L. Proctor has used the place to realize new management experience, improve the lives of different college students on campus and help the group round her.
We interviewed the English major, Digital Media Studies minor and talked about her place, objectives, future and what it means to carry a leadership position on campus in the digital age.
Learn the full interview under.
What does it mean to be a chapter president to you?
Being Nu Delta chapter Basileus is an honorable position to me. After I crossed in November 2017, I held the place of Anti-Grammateus (secretary) of my chapter. So, I have all the time held a position however being president is far totally different. To my chapter, I’m a voice of cause and steerage. To the outdoors, I am the face of my chapter and the delegate. This makes me very aware of what I say and do greater than ever earlier than. My chapter was chartered 26 years ago, and I intend to uphold the brand that my sisters before me worked so exhausting to construct. As an introvert, I lead rather a lot in a different way. Being president isn’t telling individuals what to do. It’s being a coach, a helping hand, and a help system. However at the similar time, it’s with the ability to put my foot down and make the onerous selections. As a president, I have to pay attention twice as much as I speak and critically assume 10 occasions more than anything.
What made you determine to attend the College of Maryland Eastern Shore for undergrad?
I decided to attend UMES for many reasons. I didn’t need to be too removed from house or too close. I am originally from Prince George’s County. Faculties like Morgan and Bowie have been too close for me. UMES, being two and a half hours away, was the good distance. My mother and buddies from house are capable of go to me with out going too far out of their means, but I’m not tempted to go residence each weekend. One more reason why I selected UMES is because of the measurement. It’s not too huge or too small. Once I first stepped foot on the campus, I instantly felt at residence. I didn’t really feel that once I visited different schools. And most significantly, tuition wasn’t too expensive.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this yr and the way do you assume they may enhance the campus/surrounding group?
In Spring 2019, we plan on having packages and initiatives that assist with points in the African American group similar to mental well being, vanity, and school acclimation (particularly for first-generation school students). The bulk of our packages in the coming semester will fall underneath the Venture Reassurance: Healthy Decisions, Healthy Dwelling, Healthy Generations umbrella. We even have packages that may serve the objective of strengthening the bond and broaden the reach of the D9 orgs and the social fellowships on our campus.
What made you need to pledge Sigma Gamma Rho?
I was all the time interested by Greek life. One of my aunts is an AKA and one of my mentors in the previous is a Delta. So, I was uncovered to some of the constructive features of sorority life corresponding to the group service and the sisterhood. Nevertheless, I used to be skeptical about joining a sorority because of the stereotypes and horror tales related to Greek life. Nonetheless, I assumed that I should put these things to the back of my thoughts and do my analysis. I seemed at all the mission statements of the organizations and Sigma Gamma Rho stood out to me. “Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development.” This is the line that grabbed my attention. SGRho focuses on schooling and that’s something that has all the time been essential to me. I’m a tutor in the College Writing Middle and was contemplating turning into a instructor. Even outdoors of formal schooling, gaining and spreading information has all the time been one thing that has been essential to me. The seven illustrious founders of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. have been faculty academics, and this further solidified my interest. As soon as I went to the first curiosity meeting, the environment and vibe that I acquired from the advisor, Dr. Harris, was friendly and welcoming. From that have, I knew I didn’t have to fit a sure mould or change my character to suit into SGRho. I used to be positive I used to be making the proper choice.
What is it about your particular chapter that makes it so unique?
Earlier than we reactivated in Fall 2017, the Nu Delta chapter had been off the yard for 10+ years. We have been tasked with making an attempt to make a space and identify for ourselves on campus. That is one factor that units us aside from the different organizations on our campus. Though some organizations are reactivating or chartering on our campus, we’re the youngest sorority, so plainly we now have to work lots more durable for our place. Within my chapter, we now have lots of totally different talent sets and personalities and this makes us distinctive. Because all of us have totally different connections, objectives, and strengths, we are capable of uplift and help each other lots easier because what one individual can’t do or doesn’t know, one other individual does. This additionally helps us to have the ability to provide you with new, one-of-a-kind event ideas or ways to implement our nationwide packages on an area degree.
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 2019?
I feel undergraduate chapters need to make sure they’re presenting themselves and their respective chapters in the greatest mild. Oftentimes, it’s straightforward to get caught up in the adverse features of social media. I additionally assume chapters should have an enormous social media presence and much of constructive interactions with other individuals and organizations, particularly since most people have accounts on social media. Apart from selling occasions, chapters should showcase the accomplishments of their chapter and its members. No accomplishment or endeavor is just too small for accolades!
What does management imply to you?
Leadership is multi-dimensional. As a result of I hold a number of different government positions in organizations at UMES (English Honor Society president, Phi Kappa Phi scholar VP, and Hawk Radio secretary), I have really discovered the which means of good management. A great leader is humble, decisive, and a mentor for many who are following them. Communication is essential as a pacesetter. With the ability to delegate, ask for help, and share ideas with those inside your organization is vital. Additionally, when difficulties arise, the president is often the problem-solver. A pacesetter should have the ability to talk effectively and with tact. In the broader sense, one thing a pacesetter has to remember is they’re typically the bridge from their group their campus and different organizations or individuals. The bulk of the time it is as much as the chief to construct rapport and connections.
Why do you assume Watch The Yard is essential to Black greekdom?
Watch The Yard has been a constructive showcase for Greek life. In as we speak’s age, it is rather necessary to shine a light-weight on the activities and initiatives that totally different chapters and organizations are having outdoors of the standard stepping and strolling we see on social media. It permits people who have not joined a corporation to see Greek life for what it really is past the myths, stereotypes, and what they see in the media. It additionally has sufficient articles and knowledge that Greeks can use to encourage change in their very own communities and on their respective campuses. It also permits a space that Greeks can set their variations apart and concentrate on the commonalities in the features of the totally different organizations and the function of Greek life typically.
What does sisterhood mean to you?
Whenever you’re on the outdoors wanting in, networking is one of the reasons to hitch a corporation. Nevertheless, once I joined SGRho, I noticed that sisterhood is greater than networking on knowledgeable degree. I’ve met Sorors from totally different states that have been inside my similar main (English) and have been capable of help me with homework or understanding concepts I couldn’t comprehend alone. I’ve also learn and given feedback to my Sorors which might be writers or artists. Because UMES is principally in the middle of nowhere, it was initially exhausting to attach with Sorors round our age. We had to domesticate a relationship with the chapter at Delaware State University. The first time we visited their campus, we have been welcomed with open arms and shown love and true sisterhood. I additionally realized that sisterhood transcends age. I have met older Sorors, especially within our graduate chapter (Mu Omicron Sigma), that I have made genuine connections with. Once I started my custom paddle enterprise, they have been extraordinarily supportive even if they weren’t making purchases. Two of them informed me that my creativity and my business impressed them to return to the arts themselves. On the other hand, sisterhood can also be with the ability to right or help someone in a loving method. My sisters are those who haven’t any drawback telling me once I’m out of line or doing something improper. This was particularly essential once I was a neo and wasn’t accustomed to being Greek but. Sisterhood is all the time a two-fold expertise.
What do you propose on doing after commencement?
Once I graduate, I do know I need to train English. My unique plan was to apply for a resident educating program in Prince George’s County that may certify me to show center faculty and high school English. Nevertheless, I discovered a few educating alternative in Japan the place I might be educating English to youngsters ages 3-12. Planning and getting ready to maneuver across the nation is both exhilarating and scary since UMES (200 miles) is the farthest I’ve been from house. With the ability to share my love of English with youngsters who aren’t native English speakers can be a very distinctive expertise; so, that is my “Plan A.” I solely need to commit to at least one yr in Japan. If I get too homesick or don’t like the experience, I will come back residence and get licensed to teach in PG County.
We at Watch The Yard want to commend Kia L. Proctor for her work as the president of Nu Delta Chapter which has an extended legacy that spans again to 1992.