Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity

   Beta Eta Chapter

Founded: December 26, 1931 (National founding date)

Founded at GVSU (September 8, 2009)

Nicknames: Phiotas , Leoñes

Colors: Gold , navy blue , red , and white

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Link to Chapter website.

Brief History of frat: Phi Iota Alpha's mission is to develop leaders, and create innovative ways to unite the Latino community. Our fraternity's roots extend to the late 1800s to the first Latino fraternity, and the first Latino student organization in the United States.

Our brotherhood is composed of university, and professional men committed towards the empowerment of the Latin American community. We do this by providing social, cultural programs and activities geared towards the appreciation, promotion and preservation of Latin American culture.

The Grand Valley State Colony, now the Beta Eta Chapter, of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. accredits its foundation to a single student, S. Omar Gonzalez who saw the necessity for a Latino fraternity in which he could consider the brotherhood as a Familia. 
Professionalism, friendship, and a noble emphasis in the Latin American culture are only a few ideals that drew Gonzalez to the Phi Iota Alpha. For everyone the process of joining the Phiotas is very different, however for Gonzalez, it was an unusual process because he was independently responsible for developing and founding the Fraternity at Grand Valley.

The illustrious Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. Colony was officially recognized on September 2, 2009, and continues to cultivate new interest and professional members who are willing to make changes to the Latino community.

Inez Escareño
Grand Valley State University
Programming Chair
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


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