Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was founded on September 19, 1963 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The 12 founders of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. were unique because, for the most part, they were "non-traditional" students. Most were 3 to 5 years older than the average college student. Some were married, some were service veterans, and some were holding full-time jobs in addition to their academic pursuits. Because of their increa sed level of maturity and experience, their vision of the concept of "fraternity" was much different than the prevailing norm at the time. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. was born out of their desire to consummate this vision.
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. exists as a nationally incorporated social/service fraternity which continues to remain true to the original aims of its founders. While the fraternity's membership is comprised primarily of African-Americans, mem bership is not restricted by race, creed, or national origin.
The fraternity consists of almost 100 undergraduate and alumni chapters with nearly 10,000 members located in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The fraternity colors are Charcoal Brown and Gilded Gold. The fraternity motto is "Building a Tradi tion ... Not Resting Upon One".
As Iota has grown, it has endeavored to maintain a standard of excellence and leadership on campus and in the community. Individual chapters involve themselves in activities that allow members the opportunity to give of themselves and enrich the lives of others. A partial listing of involvements undertaken by Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. chapters includes:
As we continue to grow and strengthen, so will our commitment to make meaningful contributions to society in general with particular emphasis in the African-American community. Throughout America, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. has come to represent
excellence in all areas. We are and shall remain dedicated to our founders' vision of "Building a Tradition ... Not Resting Upon One!"
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