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 brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Gamma Chapter at Virginia Union University and did an interview with Jordan Jones the Polemarch of the chapter.
The position of Polemarch in Kappa is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. 22-year-old Jones has used the position to gain new leadership experience, improve the lives of other students on campus and help the community around him.
We interviewed the Criminal Justice major and talked about his position, goals, future and what it means to be a member of a Black fraternity in the digital age.
Read the full interview below.
What does it mean to be a chapter president to you?
Being a chapter polemarch/president to me means you have to set the tone for your brothers. Making sure your providing a great example for them, as well as carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this great chapter.
Upholding the legacy of the Alpha Gamma chapter is very challenging but rewarding position because the student body and staff gets to see the finished product of the events you hold on campus, but they never truly know what pressure your under and what goes into making those events successful. I find that truly humbling, I was taught pressure bust pipes or makes diamonds, and that’s all we produce at the Alpha Gamma Chapter.
What made you decide to attend the Virginia Union University for undergrad?
I decided to attend Virginia Union last year after transferring and taking a semester off to be secure finically. I followed the path of my father Stanley Jones Jr., who is an alumni of Virginia Union University class of ‘77. The historic surroundings at Virginia Union really grabbed my attention and made my decision clear this was the university for me.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the campus/surrounding community?
The initiatives our chapter is heading up this year is mental health and political views in the black community. I think it will improve our campus/community by starting a discussion point on these two issues that we try to avoid and ignore in our community and how it’s effecting us as black people the less we shad light on it.
What made you want to pledge Kappa Alpha Psi?
What made me pledge Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. was having a strong belief in what I was going to do was going to have a significant impact on my life for years to come. I believe it will because being apart of this illustrious fraternity has changed me for the better, where I feel like I can be the difference in my community.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
What makes our chapter unique is we are the Mother Chapter of Virginia. Which means we are the first Kappa Alpha Psi chapter chartered in the state of Virginia, which entitles us to be the standard not just for Virginia but the entire eastern province.
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?
We as undergraduate chapters need to continue to use social media such as Twitter and Instagram to our advantage to show the work we do on campus, in the community, and in our studies.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leaderships means to me that you have to be able to accept crictisim, not everyone goin to agree with your decisions, and living with the decisions you make. Your brothers look to you for guidance and you have to be well equipped to do that.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
Watch The Yard plays aN important role in black greekdom because it gives [greeks] a chance to showcase these historic D9 organizations on a social media platform.
What does brotherhood mean to you?
What brotherhood means to me is standing by your brothers no matter what the situation might be the good the bad, and ups and downs we might go through. It’s also about being honest with one another and telling each other what we’re doing wrong and how we can come up with better solutions, that’s how you build a bond and how it grows stronger over time.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
After graduation I plan to take the next step in my life and attend the police academy and after graduating from the academy, I want to start my career as a U.S. Air Marshal.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Jordan Jones for his work as the Polemarch of Alpha Gamma Chapter which has a long legacy that spans back to 1927.