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 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Alpha Psi Chapter at Wesley College and did an interview with Da’Quan Martin the president of the chapter.
The position of president of an undergraduate chapter of a Black fraternity is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. 24-year-old Martin 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 Multimedia Communications major and talked about his 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?
Being a role model, being able to stand tall with all my brothers collectively. President is just a title. It takes a whole crew to run an organization.
What made you decide to attend the Wesley College for undergrad?
I came to Wesley College to play basketball I got recruited to play, I got hurt and then let it go. I still play pick up but that really was the only reason why I came here.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the campus/surrounding community?
Perception is everything. We want to instill our principles everyday. We want to bring positivity to the campus and make sure we give back much as we can
What made you want to pledge Phi Beta Sigma?
What made me join the greatest fraternity in the world Phi Beta Sigma, was that a lot of their core values fell align with my own. I want to be the best version I can make myself to be and I believe this organization can help me achieve that.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
Every member in my chapter played football at my school. Expect for me and two of my LBs we were the only exception lol. But we all are close and we value everything that we do from community service projects even to stepping and strolling. Rough Rugged Raw till the day I die
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?
Videos! Everybody watches videos, so find someone who can produce great quality of work and chapters need to start uploading files to Instagram, Twitter and YouTube since these are the most heavily traffic platforms.
What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership to me is displaying the confident qualities someone has within themselves to become a person worth looking up to.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
Because it has a lot of black historical culture and history in general. We always need to expose ourselves in black history.
What does brotherhood mean to you?
Brotherhood means the willingness and wanting to build a bond that’s going to last. It’s family that you don’t want to lose.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
Moving to California to pursue my film director career and work on my movie production company. Then once that does blow up, cause I’m speaking it into existence. [I will] to come back to Delaware and open a movie studio and have internships for people in the major or who want to act etc. for the tri state area.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Da’Quan Martin for his work as the president of Alpha Alpha Psi Chapter which has a long legacy that spans back to 1994.