“My goal in life is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say he cared.”— Young Alumnus. Consul Patrick James Wright III (FIU ‘14)
Written by AJ Davis, Growth Consultant
At the 2022 Convention, Fra Patrick James Wright III (FIU ‘14) was elected by unanimous decision to serve as the next Young Alumnus Consul representing and supporting the Octagon and Undergraduate Advisory Committee. At the business session, Wright made history becoming the first African-American to be elected to the Octagon. “I am a big believer in the power of role modeling and envisioning myself excelling more,” shared Patrick.
“I am a big believer in the power of role modeling and envisioning myself excelling more.”Young Alumnus. Consul Patrick James Wright III (FIU ‘14)
Patrick joined the Delta Zeta Chapter at Florida International. His interest in the opportunity of the Young Alumnus Consul began in 2016 when he began his first semester as Prior of the Chapter. “I was admittedly nervous knowing someone could run from the floor,” Patrick humbly noted. “I’ve worked up to this, but this role could very well not have been my next opportunity. It is such a great honor to be considered.”
Wright has served in numerous capacities since becoming a Sammy including Prior of the chapter, Education Leadership Consultant, CLD Facilitator, as well as a DLI Participant. With the knowledge he gained from these positions, the question asked of him was what goals are you looking to accomplish while serving this role? Wright said, “Sometimes undergraduates do not believe that headquarters is there to support them, rather it serves to be a disciplinary resource.
In reality, the Headquarters and the Octagon represent the members who want to know what’s going on and support them by leveraging resources. Another goal Wright has revolves around the UAC and how to involve the members more. Incorporating more professional development for the Undergraduate Advisory Committee would lead our students to feeling like their voice is heard by the international organization. They don’t have a voting responsibility and it’s more of an educational role.
Based on what I know from my schooling and professional work, the way that the fraternity operates and learning organizational management, would be key factors for students to learn.”
Fra Wright is looking forward to in his role specifically to building relationships between the Octagon and UAC for the benefit of each. Wright suggests, “our chapters continue to grow and as our college campuses get more diverse, there may be a need to widen the number of undergraduates on the UAC.”
Fra Wright III talked in depth about his plans and where he sees the organization headed. He concluded, “It is truly my deepest longing to be a great person. Unafraid to make mistakes. Strong enough to bring people to the same place. Vibrant enough to change an environment without saying a word. And in the end, after all the music stops. My goal in life is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say he cared.”
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