Senior member of Kappa Alpha Psi Stanley Ford spoke on the importance of new members within black Greek Letter Organizations on predominately white campuses.
“We currently only have two members and after we graduate in May, our chapter on campus would have died,” Ford said. “New members are very essential in the continuation of our fraternity.”
New members from both organizations shared their excitement in joining the organizations.
“I feel amazing. I’m glad I could find people to create a family with,” said Erynn Reed, Alpha Kappa Alpha new member.
“I’m happy to be a part of something bigger than myself. It’s an extreme honor,” said Joe Standifer, Kappa Alpha Psi new member. “A lot of people don’t get to do something like this.”
Ford spoke on the importance of probates and also highlighted the impact the NPHC has on the lives of African American students.
“They create solidarity and unity amongst black students,” Ford said. “They foster bonds, create foundations and motivate black students to do their best.”
First-year student Jayla Johnson said she was excited to see the African American Greek community show support and continue a legacy.
“Seeing the support that the community gives makes it easier to know who has got your back,” Johnson said.
Both organizations welcomed three new members into their ranks.
The new members of Alpha Kappa Alpha include: Erynn Reed, the “Ace” club, Briyet Sigala, the “Deuce” club and Kayla Adams, the “Tre” club.
The new members of Kappa Alpha Psi include: Frank Jackson, the “Ace” club, Joe Standifer, the “Deuce” club and Elijah Herring, the “Tre” club.