Beta Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc

The oldest existing Latino fraternity

Fall 2008: Los defensores del grito eterno


  • Name: José "Sincrónic" Paredes
  • Education: Health Science & Psychology
  • Traits developed through Phiota: Phi Iota Alpha has taught me the values of what it means to be in a family as well as working in a professional setting. I am learning new things and I have learned that one must overcome any impediments that life might throw at you. It has also taught me to be proud of my culture and to never forget where I came from.


  • Name: Sebastian "Gavião" Acosta
  • Education: Biology Major
  • Traits developed through Phiota: Through Phi Iota Alpha, I have learned that even though each Latin American country has its own culture, all Latinos have faced similar struggles and we all should have tolerance for our differences, thus bringing us one step closer to the ideals of Pan-Americanism. This organization has made me more culturally concious and has given me the opportunity to develop strong bonds with a diverse group of brothers on both a professional and personal level.


  • Name: Nicholas "Anlucero" Figueroa
  • Education: BA Hispanic Languages and Literatures and Minor in Latin America Caribbean Studies at Stony Brook University; MA Hispanic Languages and Literatures w/ concentration in Hispanic Linguistics at Stony Brook University
  • Traits developed through Phiota: Phi Iota Alpha has taught me what it means to truly have pride in where one comes from and to appreciate—not only the struggles of one's family—but the daily obstacles that they battle to overcome. As a brother reminiscing upon my process, I have learned professionalism, leadership, gained men that I truly call my brothers, but most importantly, realized the importance of Pan-Americanism for the benefit of not only all people of the Latino cultures, but every culture. A sense of FamIliA and brotherhood from Phi Iota Alpha has helped shape me into who I am today.