An Inaugural Event – WSSUNAA Leadership Training


Alumni leadership, including current national and chapter officers and prospective leaders, gathered in Raleigh on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, for an inaugural WSSUNAA Leadership Training workshop. The event was held at the Sheraton Downtown, hosting approximately 45 alumni from around the country.

The training event, facilitated by Victor Bruinton, President of WSSUNAA and other national officers focused on extremely important matters that provide a solid foundation for legal, effective and efficient operation of the Association. The training commenced with the homegoing service of Mr. Use-ta (Used To) and Mrs. Always, as President Bruinton is committed to starting afresh with new conversations and innovative ideas. Some of the agenda items included:

  • My Role and Responsibilities as a Board of Director
  • Understanding and Protecting my Association, presented by Darryl Lester, Hindsight Consulting, and Vic Bruinton (covered specifics regarding Non-Profit 501(3) c)
  • Agreement with WSSU/UNCGA, and Agreement with Chapters, presented by Attorney Cory Williams.

National Officers Bruinton, Cason, Hicks and Hart covered the following:

  • Successful Chapter Operations/(Duties, Bylaws, Committees,  Financial Procedures, Tax ID#, Audit
  • Successful National Association Operations (Duties/Responsibilities)
  • Open Discussions/Good of the Order


The two-day event was well received by participants. Evaluations clearly reflected the success of the training, with many strongly stating that sessions were very informative and needed. One of the participants commented, “Very good meeting. This training was very informative and has truly helped me understand the importance of being a part of the NAA and what is required for each of us.”  Follow up training will be held yearly in June, and at Fall and Winter Board meetings.

When asked to expound on his thoughts of the training event, President Bruinton expressed the following sentiments: “Our National Association and supporting chapters are a vital part of the functionality of the university. Therefore, our operation should reflect strength in leadership, accordingly. I am very proud of the focus, collaboration and commitment of those who assembled for that purpose.”  He further concluded with this quote, “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


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