Iota Phi Theta

Iota Phi Theta
Iota Phi Theta Conference and Conclave

Place: Columbus, Ohio

Date: July 19-24th, 2005

It was this perspective that led to the founding of Iota Phi Theta and the establishment of it's purpose; "The development and perpetuation of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Fidelity, and Brotherhood among Men of Color."

The founders understood that to congregate within the framework of an organization yet be allowed to maintained one's individuality is fundamental to the Black race. From this, they felt that the preservation of one's individuality should be a basic tenet of any organization which would exist to benefit the African-American condition.

Iota Phi Theta was founded on September 19, 1963, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The 12 founders of Iota were unique because, for the most part, they were 'non-traditional' students. Most were 3 to 5 years older than the average college student.

Some were married, some were service veterans, and some were holding full-time jobs in addition to their academic pursuits. Because of their increased level of maturity and experience, their vision of the concept of 'fraternity' was much different than the prevailing norm at the time. Iota Phi Theta was born out of their desire to consummate this


Today, Iota Phi Theta exists as 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 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.


Conclave 2005 Welcome to the 2005 Conclave!

In the summer of 2005 the Columbus Graduate Chapter - Alpha Eta Omega, and the Ohio State University Chapter Beta Mu will present to the membership the greatest conclave experience to date.

To achieve this goal we made a conscious decision to involve and showcase as much of the city as we could. From the Brewery District to the South to the Arena District to the North - all within walking distance of the hotel.

Columbus has so much to offer including North America's largerst indoor/outdoor mall - Easton Town Center. We will of course have shuttles for the shop-aholics in the Frat!

The 2005 National Conclave will be held on July 19-24th. The host hotel is the Hyatt on Capitol Square. The Hyatt on Capitol Square is located in the heart of downtown across from the Capitol Building.

The Hyatt is attached to the City Center Mall and features a penthouse fitness center, 400 newly renovated guestrooms, and an upscale restaurant.

And please note that July 19-24th is also the week of the annual Jazz and Rib fest sponsored by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.

Get ready to enjoy yourself because the Conclave will be held in conjunction with the Michelob Jazz and Ribfest the largest free jazz and rib festival in the world. The Hyatt on Capitol Square is only a few cigy blocks from the

Riverfront where the Jazz and Rib fest is held.