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Phiota co-authors book chapter on the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities

    Tallahase, Florida – April, 2009

    Dr. Juan "Varadero" Guardia and colleague Dr. Susana M. Muñoz, a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., have written the first book chapter on the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities. The book, Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities, discusses the origins and backgrounds of diverse fraternities and sororities, including Black, Asian, Latino/a and Native American. In addition, it also addresses multicultural, gay, and religious organizations as well.

    Juan and Susana's chapter, "Nuestra Historia y Futuro (Our History and Future): Latino/a Fraternities and Sororities," covers the early activism and foundation of Latino student organizations, the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities, interview excerpts with fraternity and sorority founders, including Tiberio C. Faría, former Phi Iota Alpha trustee and member since 1956, and current research on Latino/a fraternities and sororities.

    Below is more information on the individual book chapters.

    • 1. From the Beginning: A History of College Fraternities an Sororities
    • 2. Links, Legacies, and Letters: A Cultural History of Black Greek-letter Organizations
    • 3. Asian Americans in Sororities and Fraternities: In Search of a Home and Place
    • 4. Nuestra Historia y Futuro (Our History and Future): Latino/a Fraternities and Sororities
    • 5. Preserving and Creating Traditions: A Native American Emergence in Greek Organizations
    • 6. Multicutural Fraternities and Sororities: A Hodgepodge of Transient Multiethnic Groups
    • 7. Challenging the Heterosexual Model of Brotherhood: The Gay Fraternity's Dilemma
    • 8. Praising God and Maintaining Tradition: Religious Diversity within Fraternities and Sororities
    • 9. Rushing the Wall, Crossing the Sands: Cross-Racial Membership in American College Fraternities & Sororities

    Brothers and Sisters: Diversity in College Fraternities and Sororities, edited by Craig L. Torbenson and Gregory S. Parks with a forward by Edward G. Whipple, is published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Pre-order available at Target.com andAmazon.com. Street date: May 30, 2009

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    Founded on December 26, 1931 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to supply voice and vision to the goals of Pan-Americanism throughout the world. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the Latino community's development through many notable Phiota men, including former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, The Oldest Latino Fraternity in Existence, continues to serves our community as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.

    Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - The Oldest Latino Fraternity in Existence

Phiota co-authors book chapter on the history of Latino/a fraternities and sororities