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Phi Rho Eta

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Type  Social
Colors  Maroon ██ Old Gold ██
Scope  National
Symbol  Phoenix
Founded  August 22, 1994; 22 years ago (1994-08-22) Southern Illinois University
Motto  Pride, Respect, Excellence

Phi Rho Eta (ΦΡΗ) is a nationally incorporated, fraternity that was founded on August 22, 1994 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The founders are LaMont Taylor and Marvin Randolph.


Phi Rho Eta is based on the three principles of pride, respect, and excellence through community development, academics, and social interactions.


The founders, Marvin Randolph and Lamont Taylor, were raised in neighborhoods that overflowed with the social diseases of drugs, violence, poverty, and hopelessness. Randolph and Taylor met as brothers of the Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, and while there determined the ideas and implementation for Phi Rho Eta. The founders had an idea to establish an organization on the premise that it would promote the principles of pride, respect, and excellence. They sought to form a brotherhood that would work to set the standard of manhood, an organization comprising charismatic men striving to model and teach exemplary positive behavior.

Since its founding date, Phi Rho Eta has striven to benefit the community. Phi Rho Eta is concentrated in the Midwest but has plans to expand. As of 2012, Phi Rho Eta has not become a member of any national fraternity council such as the National Pan-Hellenic Council or North-American Interfraternity Conference.

National programs

The national philanthropy of the fraternity is the Mentor Teacher Brother program (MTB). Mentor Teacher Brother is the polestar community development program of Phi Rho Eta. As the name illustrates, MTB revolves around the core concepts of mentorship, learning, and brotherhood. The program is designed to cultivate positive principles and attributes through one on one interaction, group learning, and unity.


Phi Rho Eta has both undergraduate and graduate chapters.

Undergraduate chapters

  • Alpha - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Beta - Chicago State University - City wide
  • Gamma - University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Delta - University of Louisville Inactive
  • Epsilon - Eastern Illinois University
  • Zeta - Northern Illinois University
  • Colonies

  • Western Illinois University
  • West Virginia State University
  • University of Missouri
  • Graduate chapters

  • Eta Alpha - Chicago Alumni
  • Eta Beta - University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Graduate Chapter
  • Membership

    New members of the fraternity are accepted on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Membership intake

    The intake period is what a potential member of the fraternity engages in before being initiated as a member. This period is the time the potential member learns of the organization's history, principles and tenacity of brotherhood. The process is designed to develop brotherhood and transition new members into their roles as charismatic members of Phi Rho Eta.

    Stance on hazing

    Hazing is against the fraternity's official policy. There is a zero tolerance against any kind of hazing. Individuals involved in hazing face severe disciplinary action by the fraternity and authorities.


    Phi Rho Eta Wikipedia

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