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Inauguration Ceremony 2018

Join us for the inauguration of our International Grand Polaris, Bro. Andre R. Manson and International Grand Vice Polaris, Bro. Sean D. Housen! 

The event will take place on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The ceremony will feature founders of the Fraternity, current and former fraternal leaders, and a host of friends and associates.

Grand Council members will be duly sworn into office during this event.

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Council of Presidents Response to Incident in Charlottesville, VA

The Council of Presidents stand together with our membership against the violence and protest that occurred this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. by the evil, racist, thoughtless individuals who identify themselves as white supremacist. As anti-racism organizations, we are committed to purposefully identifying and challenge issues of race and color and the impact on our members and others.

Click here to read the full response.

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2017 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

GREETINGS, Iota Family and supporters,

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Iota Teams and IOTA Family members will once again walk/run on behalf of children fighting cancer and their families. I want to extend my deepest gratitude and say THANK YOU and God Bless ALL those who supported our Fraternity and participated in Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.'s National Fundraising drives for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital over the past 4 years of the Clark/Gilbert administration.

Our Iota Phi Theta/St. Jude partnership allows our Fraternity to show its societal relevance by serving a population of the most deserved, 'at risk' youth in our country. With over 40% of the children and families receiving the FREE treatments for the most dangerous cancers being African American, St. Jude is truly a charity worthy of our support. In the course of one day, the IOTA Family presents a unified, coordinated group that impacts children worldwide. It is an opportunity for the world to see that the Brothers of Iota and the Sweethearts of ISI, Inc. are a true 'family' that works together to improve the conditions of our people, especially our children.

Therefore, I hope that we ALL continue our tireless efforts to support St. Jude. For those of you who have visited St. Jude, you know firsthand the importance of this endeavor; for those who have never visited St. Jude, I hope you have an opportunity to do so, in the near future, to see how your efforts make a TRUE difference in the lives of the children and families St. Jude serves.

Again, THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU and GOOD LUCK in your St. Jude fundraising endeavors this year!

Robert Clark, Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Oakland, CA
"One Focus, One Direction, One Fraternity!"

St. Jude in African American History:

To view the agreement between St. Jude and Iota Phi Theta as a National Silver Team, click here.

To view our National Page, click here.

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Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands

NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed though movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Everett B. Ward, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Paulette Walker, Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mary Wright, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Robert Clark, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Deborah Catchings-Smith, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan A. Mason Sr., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Antonio (Tony) Knox, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Iota Phi Theta Partners with Affinity Consultants

Iota Phi Theta® to Enhance Licensing Program through Partnership with Affinity Consultants

Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity, Inc., the fifth largest predominantly African American social-service fraternity that exemplifies scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity, and brotherhood among men, selected licensing market leader Affinity Consultants ( and to advance the depth and scope of its licensing program.

"The impressive licensing technology and custom approach to brand management that
Affinity brings to the table will be a game-changer for our vendors and our members," said
John Davenport, general counsel of Iota Phi Theta®. Kevin Bennett, Executive Director of
Iota Phi Theta® added, "This partnership will help us protect the strong history and
heritage of Iota Phi Theta's® property rights through fair, consistent and accessible
licensing policies and processes. Affinity's vision for continued investment in technology
that facilitates our vendors' success is both forward thinking and impressive."
Dan Shaver, president and founder of Affinity Consultants, added, "Our interest in working
with Iota Phi Theta® was driven by their inclusive and proactive vision for fraternity
leadership and commitment to the greater community. Our entire team is honored to
partner with Iota Phi Theta® to reinforce the Fraternity's brand through streamlined online
licensing processes and to deliver unmatched benefits for their licensed vendors."

Iota Phi Theta® and Affinity Consultants will formally invite all past and current vendors to
apply for a license in the coming weeks.

Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity, Inc. was established in 1963 at Morgan State College (now
Morgan State University), and is an international organization with more than 250 chapters
in 40 states, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Korea. To learn more visit

Affinity Consultants, Inc. represents the brand interests and manages the licensing
programs of more than 115 membership-based clients, including fraternities, sororities,
honorary societies, professional fraternal organizations and trade associations. To learn
more, visit

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Kevin Bennett, Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity, Inc.
Karina Shaver, Affinity Consultants

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