In case you missed it, Watch the Yard WENT IN this past weekend on Twitter. In a sea of intriguing trends, this one is the mother of all online Greek conversations. For a good hour, WTY had its Twitter trigga fingers ready with comments concerning Greek organizations, their purpose and the roles they play in today’s campus and community efforts. Truth spewed out of each tweet so fast, you could have hosted a Twitter sermon and every retweet would have been a “PREACH”.
We’re sure that Representative John Lewis (Phi Beta Sigma Frater) and Representative Donna Edwards (Lady of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority) probably tuned into this conversation because soon after they led the dynamic #NoBillNoBreak Senate Sit-in as a means to demand action and legalistic change to the existing gun control laws.
And since you know we’re down for the cause, here are a few of our favorite Greek truths told by WTY that only “Woke” Greeks will know, understand and advocate.
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Now, you KNOW we won’t leave you without turning this into a useful chapter development strategy. Here are a couple of ways to use these tweets as a means to engage and encourage your chapter to be progressive in their thinking and their programming.
Round Table Seminar/ Discussion Panel
Many of the things stated in these tweets are hot topics. Why not turn them into an epic round table discussion? Clearly, everyone will have an opinion or two on at least one of these topics. Being able to morph these tweets into a transformative discussion could do wonders. 1) It allows members to really evaluate the direction of their current chapter initiatives and determine if/how closely they align with the original mission of the organization. 2) It brings awareness to areas of improvement that members never considered before. 3) It generates the right kinds of conversation and motivation needed to get the proper programs implemented.
This would be a great internal program for NPHC members as well as an external program for prospects to attend. Understanding their perception of Greek Life will help members get a better feel for if their sorority’s or fraternity’s scholarly and communal reputation is still in tact.
Woke or Nah Workshop
Workshops are where the magic happens in my opinion. You get to be a part of the nitty gritty execution plan committee and make things happen. Turning these tweets into active workshop discussions can serve as the ultimate mission/motto think tank. Break the updates up into different groups or tables and have people evaluate the tweets. Define where your organization stands in regard to the statement. Then, figure out whether you affirm or debunk the statement and in what ways. What initiatives and/or programs help establish your sorority or fraternity in regards to these statements? Are your programs visibly making a difference where you are? How are you ( or can you) measure your impact in regards to this truth?
Getting members of your organization to concentrate on their influence on a micro level will really help mold mindsets on a regular basis. These kinds of exercises should be discussed at least once a quarter (every 3 months) in order to emphasize and solidify the importance of the true meaning of Greek Life which is leadership, mentorship and personal/professional development.
To see the rest of the Watch the Yard tweets , check them out on Twitter.