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Leadership Highlight: Omega Psi Phi International Undergraduate Representative Tyler Span

In an effort to shed light on the emerging young leaders assuming pivotal roles within Black fraternities and sororities on the national and international level in 2024, Watch The Yard is highlighting Tyler Span who serves as an International Undergraduate Representative on the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

A Spring ’22 initiate of the Upsilon Psi Chapter at Florida A&M University, Span concurrently pursues graduate studies, embodying a commitment to both academic and fraternal endeavors.

In our conversation, we explore Span’s position, aspirations, and the significance of leadership within his fraternity.

Read the full interview below.

What motivated you to take on a role at the national level of your fraternity?

As an Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity Inc. legacy, and more importantly, an Upsilon Psi legacy, it was important that if I was ever so fortunate to join this beloved organization, that I would put in as much work as possible. Through my journey as an intern for Omega Psi Phi headquarters, I was able to learn more about the business side which peaked my interest to serve on the international level.

What specific initiatives is the undergraduate council helping head up this year and how do you think they will improve local community or the broader Black community?

The undergraduate council has initiated the implementation of “Brother You Are On My Mind” sessions to have calls to check on the mental health and stability of brothers everywhere. This year we as brothers can extend this to the community with prayer sessions and open house church.

What made you want to pledge Omega Psi Phi?

I was raised up and molded by countless members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. who helped show me the path and guide the light of what it is to be a man what it is to posess scholarship, how to persevere through any endeavor, as well as uplift those around you.

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

The mighty Seventh District is the largest district in terms of numbers of brothers and is home of the current champion step show team Upsilon Psi.

How is your work on the national level providing for the undergraduate chapters you support?

I love my work, being able to be a part of the undergraduate council. Having the pleasure to visit different districts, brothers, and yards but the most important thing for me is to always make sure that the undergraduate needs are never forgotten about.

How do you approach fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie between undergraduate and alumni members, and what strategies have you found effective?

What I have learned is to treat every member, no matter, alumni, chapter or undergraduate chapter all the same as my brother. There truly is no difference because I have been able to make great friendships with brothers who cross the same year as me and some brothers who crossed 50 years before.

What advice would you give to aspiring undergrad leaders within Black fraternities and sororities who may aspire to take on roles of leadership on the national level?

Some advice I would give is to just be fully [invested] in everything that comes your way, take any opportunities that are available to you because you never know what doors might open for you and what connections you might make. You will also grow with a sense of responsibility and character while holding such a high position.

How has mentorship helped you get to where you are today? Are there any specific people in your org who have made a significant impact on your life as mentors?

Before I became a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc., I was a peer mentor for freshman, incoming students. It was always my prerogative to give back and uplift those around me by providing advice, resources, and being a positive role model. All in all, trying to give the advice I wish the freshman me had.

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

Watch The Yard is important to greekdom because it provides a positive platform that is open to all who are interested in sharing the Black excellence.

Looking back at it, why do you love being a member of your org?

I love being a member of my organization because it just provides so much opportunity for personal growth, friendships that last a lifetime, memories that won’t ever fade, and a strong foundation so that my children will see just what’s in store for them in the future.

Lastly, what does brotherhood mean to you?

To me, brotherhood is being there for a friend through the good and the bad. To tell you when you’re right and to definitely tell you when you’re wrong. It’s never leaving you by yourself or letting you feel alone. And sometimes it’s just being an ear to listen to someone else.

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Our conversation with Tyler Span offers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of leadership within Black fraternities and sororities in 2024. Span’s dedication to his role as an International Undergraduate Representative on the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., coupled with his academic pursuits, underscores the depth of commitment among young leaders in shaping the future of Black greekdom. Span’s journey serves as a testament to the enduring relevance and impact of leadership in fostering growth, unity, and progress.

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