My name is Donnell Bolden and I’m the new Basileus (President) for Xi Phi Chapter.
I’m very hopeful about the US economy although many financial experts predict that the our country and other global economies are headed into a recession by the middle of the year. And you can’t talk about the economy without mentioning the pandemic. Mayor Adams recently urged all New Yorkers to protect themselves against a swirl of viral illnesses in the city, including Covid-19, the flu and R.S.V.
Despite these significant challenges and the rampant pessimism and problems that haunted the Harlem community and our society at large in 2022, I’m bullish on the ability of Xi Phi to step in the gap and support Harlem residents with our minds, money and minutes. And I’m resolute in my desire to move ahead with an in-person Omega Black College Tour this year, and to create as normal of an environment as possible for our scholars to learn more about HBCUs and why they’re so important to their career development.
I realize that my positive outlook could be at a sharp variance from the public mood and the predictions of many prognosticators. But I’ve faced headwinds before, and I believe in Omega’s ability to weather storms as she’s done time and time again. My confidence in the outstanding group of men who comprise this organization to accomplish our goals is resolute.
I will not promulgate a negativity bias. I’ll leave that to the news outlets and social media platforms that attract readers and viewers by amplifying negative news, while downplaying any improvements on global tensions or issues that plagued the markets or economy in 2022.
My focus will be on leaning into activities that support the least, the lost and the left out, as well as on helping worthy scholars obtain the skills to thrive in a knowledge-based society.
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