In an effort to highlight the young leaders who are leading undergraduate chapters across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Alpha Iota Chapter at Lincoln University of Missouri and did an interview with Makayla Adams the Basileus/president of the chapter.
The position of president of an undergraduate chapter of a Black sorority is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. 21-year-old Makayla Adams has used the position to gain new leadership experience, improve the lives of other students on campus and help the community around her.
We interviewed the Biology major and talked about her position, goals, future and what it means to hold a leadership on campus in the digital age.
Read the full interview below.
What does it mean to be a chapter president to you?
It means to be a leader for not only the ladies in my chapter but also for the other ladies on campus. I am also learning how to handle a business as well as learning how to separate business and the sisterhood with my chapter.
What made you decide to attend the Lincoln University of Missouri for undergrad?
Lincoln was closer to my hometown than any of my other options. As well as I was able to be part of the Honors Program.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the campus/surrounding community?
We are currently doing a Soles for Souls. Which is our national initiative. Collecting these shoes help individuals start and sustain small businesses to lift themselves out of poverty.
What made you want to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha?
I was surrounded by very influential people that pushed me to keep going on to reach all of my goals. Especially once my career goals changed. Watching the women of this organization complete the different scholarship and service to all mankind in different ways every year.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
We were the first black Divine 9 organization chartered on Lincoln University’s campus.
We now live in a digital world, what do you think undergraduate chapters across all orgs need to do to represent themselves online in 2019?
I think we need to start posting the positive things that happen within our organizations as well as addressing issues that happen on our respective campuses since we have such a big impact on students.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership means completing tasks without being asked.
What does sisterhood mean to you?
Sisterhood means uplifting each other in the times when you can’t uplift yourself.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Working in Higher Education administration.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Makayla Adams for her work as the president of Alpha Iota Chapter which has a long legacy that spans back to 1930.