This summer, the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi held a conference for their Junior Vice Polemarchs (JVPs), the undergraduate brothers who have been chosen by the fraternity to represent regional leadership of the fraternity.
In an effort to highlight these young brothers, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the fraternity and were put in contact with them for interviews. Among these JVPs was Casey Wokocha, a 22-year-old Fall 2015 initiate of the fraternity’s Epsilon Chi Chapter who is the Junior Vice Polemarch of the East Central Province which is made up of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
We talked to the Biology Major and Sociology Minor about his position and goals. Read the full interview below.
What does it mean to be a Junior Vice Polemarch to you?
Being a Junior Vice Polemarch to me means being the representative of all undergraduates in my Province. This includes being the voice of reason, keeping the undergraduates in mind with all decisions, and being that example of how an undergraduate Kappaman should carry himself.
What are the specific initiatives you are working on this year in your province?
A few of the initiatives we are working on in our province are as follows:
Safe Sleep Program
St. Jude’s Project
Mental Health Awareness
What are you doing this year to specifically support the undergraduate chapters that you represent?
One major thing I am doing this year to help our undergraduate chapters is being that bridge between the alumni chapters, advisors and undergraduates. Communication is key and of the upmost importance to have a smooth year, so I plan on being a vessel to get all essential information to our chapters. I am also working on vamping up the Achievement Academy in our province to assist our undergraduate brothers towards advancing their careers.
What made you want to pledge Kappa Alpha Psi?
Kappa Alpha Psi was never a plan for me coming to college. I didn’t know much about Greek life, and the yard had one Brother. But that brother above all other students stood out doing the little things which displayed a sign of real brotherhood. One day he asked me to do some research about the organization and it was a wrap from there.
What is it about your province that makes it so unique in Kappa?
The East Central Province is known as the Small But Mighty Province because we are a small province in size, but hold our own weight and consist of several metropolitan areas. The hold in our province might be the strongest of all provinces I’ve been to because of the closeness we have between the brothers be it alumni or undergraduates.
In what ways have you experienced mentorship from alumni brothers as a JVP?
I have experienced a great amount of mentorship from all the alumni brothers on the executive board as well as alumni brothers from different provinces, from financial advising to life lessons. My mentors have been there for me each step of this journey as the Junior Vice Polemarch
We now live in a digital world, what do you think undergraduate chapters across all orgs need to do to represent themselves online in 2018?
I believe all individuals need to represent their orgs on these social media platforms in a clean manner and use it to promote the good community service, events, and philanthropy their orgs are doing.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
Watch the hard is important because it spreads the awareness of what actually makes greekdom important. From advertising community service events, reminiscing on the history of organizations, discussions on current events and so much more.
What does brotherhood mean to you?
Brotherhood [means] being a ‘Brother’s Brother’. This consists of committing to and caring about those you’ve chosen to accept into your bond.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Working in the medical field; Medical Marketing & Medical Billing & Coding
We at Watch The Yard would like to thank Casey Wokocha and the brothers at Kappa Alpha Psi including Ryan E. Tucker, MPA, the Director of Undergraduate & University Affairs for making this interview possible.