|IOTA TODAY AND TOMORROW
Today, Iota Phi Theta 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, membership is not restricted by race, creed, or national origin. The fraternity consists of over 100 undergraduate and alumni chapters with nearly 15,000 members around the world. The fraternity colors are Charcoal Brown and Gilded Gold. The fraternity motto is "Building A Tradition, 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 chapters include:
*The Southern Christian Leadership Conference
*The National Federation of the Blind
*The National Sickle Cell Foundation
*The United Negro College fund
*Big Brothers of America
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it highlights the type of community involvement and spirit that exists within the Iota Phi Theta brotherhood.
Additionally, Iota Phi Theta is a member in good standing of both the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), a conglomerate of the nine African-American greek-letter organization that are predominant in this country. As a member of both these organizations, Iota Phi Theta is able to directly affect issues of importance to not only the fraternal community at large, but the black race as well.
As times change, so shall Iota Phi Theta. The last several years have brought new difficulties and challenges to the fraternity world. As always, Iota has sought to meet these challenges head-on. Recently, the entire fraternity system revamped its method of initiating members by eliminating the tradition of 'pledging.' Iota Phi Theta was at the forefront of this movement and has summarily developed a Brotherhood Intake Program which has become the standard of comparision on many college campuses. In addition, Iota Phi Theta has been a catalyst in the movement to promote greater harmony and respect among the various fraternal organizations. As we continue to grow and strengthen, so will our committment to make meaningful contributions to society in general with particular emphasis in the African-American community.
Our plans for the future include:
*The creation of a National Philanthropic Foundation.
*Centralizing our efforts toward a single, National program of service to the community.
*An increased focus on the training and development of our members.
Throughout America, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated 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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