David J. Byrd
1) Why is Greek Unity important?
a. To me, Greek Unity is one of the most important factors to keep Greek Life going. All Greek Members join their own organizations and may have different values/pillars, but all Greek Organizations have a main purpose which is to give back to the community and make a difference! It’s not about who the best is, who is the biggest, or who throws the best parties. Greek life is about support, encouragement, and genuine appreciation we all have for each other and making a difference by working together.
2) What is community service or work in the community mean to your organization?
a. Community service means many different things. Community service means giving part of me that will live forever. Sacrifice, faith, hope, love, selflessness & generosity. Community service is a rewarding experience. Community service is meeting the needs of those around us when you are able. Community service has no requirement; you don’t need a degree to give back to the community. Community service is a form of paying it forward because down the road, we may need help ourselves.
3) What’s something that your organization is working on to exemplify themselves on the Parkside campus?
a. Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. has a lot of events we do annually, to name a few:
i. We hosted a board game drive & school supply drive for Big Brothers & Big Sisters this summer.
ii. We raised money for Wounded Warriors Project through a flag fundraiser on September 11th.
iii. We are currently raising money for the AIDS Walk of Wisconsin.
iv. We are participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk this weekend.
v. We will be participating in bother Hunger Clean Up & Make a Difference Day.
vi. We host our annual Mitten Tree every winter for HALO, where we collect winter clothing for families
vii. We will be adopting a family for the Christmas Holidays through the Boys & Girls Club
viii. We also mentor youth throughout the Racine & Kenosha Area (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) through our Gamma PALS & ROSAS mentoring program: attending their athletic events, tutoring, community service & supporting them through school along with their families.
4) Since you are a part of a Greek organization on this campus. What is the benefit of Greek life?
a. Where do I start? As alum, Greek Life has benefited me in SO many ways ranging from networking, building lifelong friendships, gaining a job, building leadership skills, pushing me to be a better person, pushing me to be a better student academically, being part of something bigger than myself, and most of all being able to make a difference in my community. I have been part of my sorority since 2010. I have served in all roles in the exec board as an undergrad and most recently I was hired to serve on our national board as Regional Director. Being able to be a role model for not only my sorority sisters in undergrad, but other Greek members in general makes me push to be a better person each and every day. One of the main reasons I have the job I do today is because of my leaderships skills that I gained from serving as a student leader and president of my sorority. Being Greek is so much more than just getting to wear letters and partying. Greek Life has a bad stigma due to stereotypes and movies. Real members of Greek Orgs can agree when I say being Greek is the best decision I ever made while in college. It is a lifelong commitment to being the change you wish to see in the world.
Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. was founded on January 25, 1993, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Our eight founders had a vision to form an organization for Latina women. These courageous women set the stage for a thriving organization that continues to enrich the lives of many during their collegiate years and beyond. Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. distinguishes itself in the fraternity and sorority world by leading the way as the first Latina-based sorority to be founded at Arizona State University. Gamma Alpha Omega will also be the first sorority to partner its philanthropic efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Dedicated to advancing women in the world, our founders’ vision has grown to serve more countless members nationwide.