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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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Iota Leadership Conference Transportation Discounts!!!!!

Iota Leadership Conference Transportation Discounts!!!!!

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Kean University Brothers Making A Difference

Kean University Brothers Making A Difference
Kean University Brothers of Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity Inc. bought a plot of land in Newark for $1,000. The city ran a special program on Valentine’s Day, selling couples empty lots for a cheap price if they agreed to build on the land and live there for five years.

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Iota Phi Theta Centaur Walks Through the 2016 NFL Draft

Iota Phi Theta Centaur Walks Through the 2016 NFL Draft
The 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, and Iota Phi Theta will be represented on both sides of the football.
  • Bro. Shilique Calhoun (4-Gamma Mu-15), Michigan State Defensive End, was drafted to the Oakland Raiders. He was the 12th player picked in the 3rd round, making him an overall 75th draft pick.
  • Bro. Lawrence Thomas (3-Gamma Mu-15), Michigan State Defensive Tackle, was signed to the New York Jets as a Free Agent.
  • Bro. Chris King (3-Eta Nu-13), Duquesne Wide Receiver, was signed to the Arizona Cardinals as a Free Agent.
  • Bro. DeAnthony Arnett (1-Gamma Mu-15), Michigan State Wide Receiver, was signed to the Seattle Seahawks as a Free Agent.
  • Bro. RJ Williamson (2-Gamma Mu-15), Michigan State Safety, was signed to the Green Bay Packers as a Free Agent.
Congratulations to these brothers as they continue to perform their craft on the professional level.
The above photo is credited to Bro. Ted Wheat.

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Grand Polaris Response to Orlando Shooting

Grand Polaris Response to Orlando Shooting
This week, on June 17th will mark the sad 1-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, which left nine African American souls dead. Last night, 50 souls (and the number may rise) were lost in what is now being described as the worst mass shooting in American history.

The common denominator is not just the availability of guns, but HATE. I've been teaching ethnic relations, psychology of race and prejudice courses through my 25+ years as a college educator; I am a diversity officer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary; and, I participate in and support causes and programs that try to end hate and abuse towards all people. Yet, sometimes it feels like we (those who care about our fellow man) are trying to plug holes in a dam with our fingers and toes.

I'm not going to even try to analyze and provide solutions in this writing to the causes and reasons why our society and its people never seem to learn from such events. I will simply say that, if you're reading this, understand that we all participate in varying degrees to the continued hate in our country: When we don't address the smallest of insults/injuries to other human beings, HATE inevitably grows. From the stereotypes (FALSE images) of others, to the manifestation of derogatory slurs ("'they' are ghetto, can't drive, or look/act/smell funny, etc."), to active discriminatory actions ("I won't let/don't want 'them' to come in here, live here, shop here, join my organization …"), to worse (abuse, rape, murder, genocide …), all of these practically guarantee that hate and hate-inspired events such as this most recent will persist.

Therefore, I plan to keep 'plugging the holes in the dam' and will simply pledge to work even HARDER to treat my fellow man, regardless of race/ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status, the same way I would want to be treated: with Decency, Respect and Humanity, and most importantly, with LOVE. If humanity is to have a chance, I hope more of you pledge to do so, as well.

Prayers and Blessings to ALL the souls lost to this senseless violence.

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." - 1 John 4:18

"Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." – Reverend/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In sympathy,
Robert Clark, Grand Polaris
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Oakland, CA

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