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Alpha Phi Alpha hosts series on professionalism


Members of the Kappa Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s first black fraternity, gathered in Shelby Hall Wednesday night for the first in a series of forums on the topics of race relations, professional conduct, financial literacy and civic engagement. Phillip Sullivan, president of Alpha Phi Alpha, said the series will address issues not only for black students, but for the student body as a whole.

“Our goal is really just to reach out to the student body,” Sullivan said.

The first forum, titled “Black Marketing: Building Your Own Brand,” addressed how black men and women can adapt to a changing professional world by discussing how to prepare for an interview, creating a professional social media presence and getting involved in your community, be it on or off campus.

“By being here tonight, that means you’re working towards self-edification,” Sullivan said.

Jerry Smith, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and Capstone Men and Women, said there are students who may not realize all of the opportunities afforded to them on campus.

“We are looking to have a more diverse group to reflect the diversity on campus,” Smith said about Capstone Men and Women.

Representatives of other on- and off-campus organizations also spoke about opportunities for black students to play a bigger part in campus life.

Adrian Smith, executive director of programming and advancement for the SGA, said the most effective way for students to get involved with SGA is simply to show interest. Other speakers discussed how dressing professionally, preparing a simple and effective resume, and maintaining an active role in the community are all essential for success.

“The biggest point here is networking and getting to know your brand,” Jerry Smith said.

Sullivan said Alpha Phi Alpha will continue to host forums throughout the semester. The forums will be held on a biweekly basis.

The next forum will be titled “The Golden Standard” and will provide health advice.

While many of the forums will address topics important to black students, Sullivan said they encourage all students to attend.


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