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Student Delegation Attends Annual Greek Leadership Conference


By Tremaine Kwasikpui

The annual Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) Central Conference is a prestigious event that brings together fraternity and sorority members from across the country to engage in leadership development, networking, and educational sessions. This year, a student delegation from the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) had the opportunity to attend this conference, representing their institution and gaining valuable insights and experiences in the process.

The AFLV Central Conference aims to provide fraternity and sorority members with opportunities for personal and professional growth, and attendees have the chance to participate in workshops, keynote presentations, and networking events that focus on leadership development, community service, risk management, and other relevant topics. The conference serves as a platform for students to learn from industry experts, share best practices, and connect with peers from different universities.

IMG_0414The student delegation from UHD consisted of a diverse group of individuals who are actively involved in various fraternities and sororities on campus. These students were selected based on their leadership potential, commitment to their organizations, and desire to enhance their skills and knowledge in the Greek life community. By attending the AFLV Central Conference, the delegation aimed to represent their university positively, learn new strategies for organizational success, and build relationships with fellow attendees.

The full list of the student delegation and scholarship or internship recipients is below:

Richard Solomon, Sociology - Phi Beta Sigma; AFLV Full Scholarship and AFLV Conference Intern

Kiersten Joe, Psychology - Zeta Phi Beta; AFLV Michele Guobadia Full Scholarship

Zamaiah Robertson, Marketing - Alpha Kappa Alpha; AFLV Full Scholarship

Erica Hayden, Social Work - Delta Sigma Theta

Kendra Ouzenne, Social Work - Alpha Kappa Alpha

AJ Jackson, Health & Behavioral Science - Sigma Gamma Rho

Mariah Frausto, International Business - Gamma Alpha Omega; AFLV Scholarship on behalf of GAO Sorority Inc. National Executive Board

Ta'Jah Edwards, Psychology - Sigma Lambda Gamma

Ashley Martinez, Education - Kappa Delta Chi; AFLV Scholarship on behalf of KDChi Houston alumni chapter

Gloria Guicol, International Business - Sigma Kappa Omega

Merion Ghermai, Computer Science - Omega Delta Phi; AFLV Scholarship on behalf of Main Street Knights Alumni Association

IMG_0619Jose Vazquez, Associate Director, Student Leadership & Involvement, said that the conference was the first time that UHD had a student selected as a conference intern. "It is a rigorous and highly competitive nationwide selection process, and Richard Solomon made it.” This was no surprise to Vazquez, as Solomon is the current UHD Greek Man of the Year. “It is great to see our students not only learn how to be game changers in fraternity and sorority life, but also how to lead the way in building a safer fraternity and sorority community for all," Vazquez said.

The student delegation also participated in workshops on topics such as recruitment strategies, diversity and inclusion in Greek life, effective communication skills, and ethical leadership. Additionally, they engaged in networking opportunities with professionals in the field, exchanged ideas with peers from other universities, and gained valuable insights that they could bring back to their campus community.

The insights gained from this experience will not only benefit the individual students but also contribute to the enhancement of the university’s Greek life community as a whole.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.