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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. called to "D9" White House Meeting

Meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss critical issues

(Baltimore, MD) – At the request of the 23rd International Grand Polaris of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Sean D. Housen, Sr., the immediate past Grand Polaris, Andre Manson, will join the other presidents of the National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations for a meeting this afternoon with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House. The NPHC organizations, popularly referred to as the 'Divine 9,' will meet with the vice president to discuss a myriad of issues impacting the Black community. Vice President Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., one of the Divine 9 sororities.

International Grand Polaris Housen stated, "We are pleased that Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. will be represented today by my immediate predecessor, Brother Andre Manson. Iota is an organization that was birthed during the civil rights movement and continues, to this day, to have a very strong social justice orientation among our hundreds of undergraduate and graduate chapters." 

The meeting today will take place against the backdrop of several urgent matters confronting the Biden administration. The topics on the agenda include a discussion on voting rights and efforts in certain states to implement laws that will curtail access to the ballot for Black people and people of color; the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on communities of color, and equitable health care in the United States.

"These are all issues," remarked Mr. Housen, "that impact Iotas and our families across the country. I am pleased that our 22nd International Grand Polaris, Mr. Manson, will join with our fellow Divine 9 organizations to discuss these critical issues. We are thankful to Vice President Harris for the invitation to participate. As always, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is prepared to do its part to uplift our community any and every way possible."

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., with its national headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded on September 19, 1963, on the campus of Morgan State University (nee College). Today, the fraternity has over three hundred chapters nationwide and overseas. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. became a member of the National Pan Hellenic Council in 1997, formally transforming the NPHC into the 'Divine 9,' a designation for the fraternities and sororities that were originally founded to include Black students in Greek life.

For further information, contact National Director of Communications, Walter Fields, at 973.738.7876 or via email.

                                 These are all issues, that impact Iotas and our families across the country. I am pleased that our 22nd International Grand Polaris, Mr. Manson, will join with our fellow Divine 9 organizations to discuss these critical issues. We are thankful to Vice President Harris for the invitation to participate. As always, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. is prepared to do its part to uplift our community any and every way possible.

Bro. Sean D. Housen, Sr. - 23rd International Grand Polaris

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