Phi Iota Alpha
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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity is a brotherhood dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Latin American Culture.
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Members of Phi Iota Alpha share a lifelong commitment to Latin American culture. Involves intellectual development, cultural consciousness, personal growth, personal achievement and social awareness. Members of Phi Iota Alpha believe that the Latin American community in the United States and in the Latin American countries are in need of new sources of intellectual capital to identify, address and solve the difficult challenges they face. Therefore, the organization is dedicated to developing in its members an awareness of the common values and traditions of the nations of Latin America and to preparing them to become active participants in the process of advancing the social and economic conditions of all Latin Americans.
The fraternity instills in its members a Global Latino perspective. This is an orientation that transcends the existing national boundaries that have separated Latin America. It builds on the spirit and traditions of Pan-Americanism, and supports and promotes actions leading to an eventual unification of all the countries of Latin America.
- Promotion of personal, community, and Pan-American development through the ideals of Simón Bolívar and José Martí as well as other Pan-American intellectuals and their philosophies;
- Creation of a Latin American consciousness,
- Intensification of education with a Latin American character;
- Economic and social mobilization of Latin American communities globally;
- Intensification of contact between Pan-American Countries with the intention of forming a unified network of professional and economic contacts in order to ultimately achieve the unification of Latin America;
- Conservation of the integrity of the Latin American character.
- Rejection of war and violence as a means to achieving unification.
The organization has five pillars, respected historical figures from Latin America:
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Don Simón Bolívar
Don Benito Juárez
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Don José Martí
Phi Iota Alpha chose to use Pan-American symbolism to be more representative of the goals and ideals of the organization. Phi Iota Alpha utilizes motifs from the Pan-American revolutionary period and uses images and colours depicting the time of Latin American revolutionaries and thinkers to represent the organization. This is in contrast to most other Latino fraternities that traditionally echo themes from the Pre-Columbian period of Latin American history. Phi Iota Alpha's constant reference to Pan-American ideals in hymns and poems are further examples of Phi Iota Alpha's mission to imbue with a Pan-American cultural perspective.
The Colours of the fraternity in Spanish Heraldry are oro, azur, gules and plata.
The Colours of the fraternity in English Heraldry are or, azure, gules and argent.
The Colours of the fraternity in Spanish are oro, azul marino, rojo and blanco.
The Colours of the fraternity in English are gold, navy blue, red and white.
The badge is the most prominent symbol of membership. The Official Badge of the Fraternity is a gold pin in the shape of a Roman fasces topped with a double-edged ax and crowned in the superior of the fasces of six stars, each star with an argent pearl at its centre. The fasces are held together by two ropes in gold that tie the fasces at the top and at the bottom and in which the middle is tied in the form of an x-shaped cross. In the middle of the fasces, above the ropes lies an argent riband in which engraved to it are the Greek Letters Phi Iota Alpha. The badge dies at the bottom with a golden sphere that culminates the fasces.
The official flag consists of three bands in or, azure, and gules of equal height. The Greek letters ΦΙΑ in Or are located on the azure field at the center outlined with argent. The chapter letter is carried on the Gules band sinister in argent. The flag is modeled after the flag of Simón Bolívar's Republic of Gran Colombia. The short-lived republic that consisted of present-day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama.
Coat of Arms
The Fraternity insignia, coat of Arms or crest, consists of a blazon composed of an Or (gold) Shield, Gules Chevron lowered a third charged with six argent stars, three dexter, three sinister. At the fess point, under an oval azure field, the Latin American Map in Or, surrounded by a steel chain made of twenty-one links. The Greek Letters Phi Iota Alpha in azure in dexter, fess point and sinister of the chief, occupying a third part of the canton. At the base, a Phrygian Cap in gules facing dexter. The principal bordure is double in azure and argent, respectively. The shield is crowned with a frontal steel helm with nine bars and adorned with argent lambrequins falling at dexter and sinister. The crest is formed by a Roman fasces in Or, in vertical position, and a Double-edged Ax. A pair of Lions Rampant with sanguine tongues supports the shield. The riband for the motto at the Lions' feet, in argent, with azure letters states: Semper Parati Semper Juncti.
Phi Iota Alpha's membership is predominantly Latino and Hispanic American in composition. Members come from the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. As Phi Iota Alpha expanded, the ranks of membership grew to include a plethora of prominent and accomplished, educators, politicians, businessmen, and four former presidents of Latin American countries.
- Eric Arturo Delvalle – Former President of Panama
- Carlos Roberto Flores – Former President of Honduras
- Mariano Ospina Pérez – Former President of Colombia
- Carlos Lleras Restrepo – Former President of Colombia
- Miguel Hernandez Agosto – Former President of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico
- Alfonso Robelo Callejas – Founder of the Democratic Movement Party of Nicaragua
- Emilio Bacardi – Former mayor of Santiago, Cuba and son of Bacardi Founder Facundo Bacardi
- Enrique Oltuski- Deputy Minister of Communication for former President Manuel Urrutia Lleo of Cuba – Author of Vida Clandestina: My Life in the Cuban Revolution
- Manny De Los Santos- City of New York 72nd Assembly Male District Leader of Inwood/Marble Hill
- Eduardo Vallarino Arjona- Former Ambassador of Panama to the United Nations
- Guillermo Chapman Jr. – Latin American Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee member, Chairman/CEO of INDESA and current Board of Director of the Panama Canal Authority
- Harry A. Diaz- Current Ambassador of Panama to the Russian Federation & Community of Independent States
- Osvaldo Velasquez- Former Council Member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, an organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
- Luis Bacardi- of the Bacardi family.
- Manuel J. Cutillas- Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bacardi Ltd.
- Manuel Gaetan- Former President Emeritus of the Bobbin Group of Miller Freeman, Inc.
- Orlando A. Gutierrez- Former President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Ernesto E. Blanco, P.E.- Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Tomas L. Lopez-Gottardi- Professor of Architectural Design, Urban Design, Drawing and Theory/History University of Miami- School of Architecture
- Juan R. Guardia, PhD- Director of Multicultural Affairs and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State University
- Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Ed.D.- Dean of Multicultural Life, Macalester College
- José Luis Solache- President of Lynwood, California School District
- Osvaldo Velasquez- Professor of Medicine of The Universidad de Panamá
- Roberto Antonio Gordillo- President of the National Association of Librarians and Archivists of Mexico & Director of the National School Librarians and Archivists of Mexico & Deputy Director of Libraries and Archives of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico.
- Jorge Avellán- Reporter for MyTV20 Detroit WMYD, Detroit
- Omar Cabrera- Sports Reporter for Telemundo WNEU and Boston Latino TV, Boston
- Jose Sanchez- Author of "From Hell to Hell"
Fraternal dates of celebration
- April 14 (Pan American Day)
- September 15 – October 15 (National Hispanic Heritage Month)
- October 12 (Day of the Race)
- December 26 (Founding Day Anniversary and Day of the illuminated Latin Americans)
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