Northern California Undergraduates
The 2016 Undergraduate Roundup held in Santa Clara, CA, September 23-24, 2016 was hosted by the Zeta Psi Chapter and sponsoring graduate chapter, Eta Rho Omega. The Zeta Psi chapter was flattered to host the first official conference of the newly elected Far Western Regional Director, Carol R. Dixon as she is an alum of the Zeta Psi Chapter. Over 100 hundred sorors attended with about 60 of them being undergraduate sorors under the theme, Own It! Your Chapter, Your Leadership.
The first day of Undergraduate Round Up gave the Regional Director a chance to communicate with graduate advisors and members of the Graduate Advisor Councils through workshops and open discussion concerning issues facing Undergraduate chapters. Some of the topics included were advice on being an effective graduate advisor, how to handle conflicts, and bridging generational gaps between graduate and undergraduate chapters for improved chapter operations and sisterly relations.
In addition, later that evening, Regional Director, Carol R Dixon had the opportunity to bond with the undergraduates during a game night hosted by Zeta Psi chapter president, Ashley Washington. The undergraduate sorors were able to build a genuine sisterly relationship with Madam Regional Director and other undergraduate sorors from their home state and others.
The focus of Day Two was on Undergraduates. The Regional Director gave the “State of the Undergraduates” and emphasized the importance of knowing your documents. Furthermore undergraduate sorors were encouraged to participate in the anti-hazing campaign, these pearl don’t haze, sponsored by our Supreme Basileus, Soror Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. There were also numerous informative workshops where both Undergraduate and Graduate members received knowledge on sisterly relations, community action, program targets, and much more. One aspect of the program included a sisterly relations presentation from the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain, Northern California and Southern California cluster coordinators where sorors answered questions in order to receive their choice of gently used conference bags donated from graduate sorors Furthermore, Undergraduates collected copious backpacks as part Supreme Basileus, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson’s One Million Backpack and were given the gift of an OWN IT bag at the conclusion of the conference. Sorors from far and wide reported having a great time and I personally look forward to next year’s undergraduate roundup hosted by the Xi Beta Chapter at Stanford University.