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Leadership Highlight: Shawn Smith the Polemarch of the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi


In an effort to highlight the people who are leading graduate chapters across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s Dallas Alumni Chapter and did an interview with Shawn Smith the Polemarch of the chapter.

The position of Polemarch/president of a Black fraternity chapter is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. Smith, who works in IT, is a newly elected Polemarch.

We interviewed Smith, who is a Spring 2013 initiate of his fraternity and talked to him about his position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in the digital age.

Read the full interview below.

What does it mean to be a chapter president to you?

Being chapter president means the world to me because i have the opportunity to lead the most renowned chapters in the city and the fraternity.

What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the surrounding community?

We’re putting a bigger emphasis on community service and expanding our mentorship program through our Kappa League program.

What made you want to pledge Kappa Alpha Psi?

had several mentors in my life that were Kappa Men and their example inspired me to become a Kappa myself.

What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?

Dallas Alumni is one of the oldest alumni chapters in Texas as well as our respective province. We have several members that have won our fraternities highest award and we also have members that serve on our Grand Chapter level.

We now live in a digital world, what do you think alumni chapters across all orgs need to do to represent themselves online in 2019?

I think alumni chapters across all organizations should highlight to their community the work that their doing. Additionally its a great way to show younger members of their organization that there is life after undergrad and that service is ever on-going.

What does leadership mean to you?

Being a leader requires you to make many key decisions that impact not only the chapter but also the community. Me taking on this leadership role means that I personally have to embody a commitment of servitude to my chapter and its members.

Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?

Watch The Yard is like a preservation archive from a time that once was. Without Watch The Yard pics and videos from the old days would just go to waste. So it’s important that Watch The Yard keeps showcasing old traditions that all of our organizations used to have.

What does brotherhood mean to you?

Brotherhood to me means that you always have someone there that you can count on and someone that is going to keep you striving to always do better.

How is your chapter providing for the undergraduate chapters you support?

We teach our undergraduate chapters how to properly run their chapter finances and what to do if they need find themselves in need of extra financial support. Additionally life after graduation we help them network with people in the field of work.

We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Shawn Smith for his work as the Polemarch of the Dallas Alumni Chapter which has a legacy that spans back to 1935.

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