Omega Delta Phi at University of Houston
National History | Chapter History

In the fall of 1987, seven distinct men of vision:
Joe Cereceres
Eugene Dominguez
Arturo Barraza
Juan Barraza
Tommy Hurtado
Chris Forbes
Elliot Bazaan ...

came together at Texas Tech University to form a brotherhood.

The purpose of this Brotherhood, a Service/Social fraternity dedicated to the needs and concerns of the community, is and shall be to promote and maintain the traditional values of Unity, Honesty, Integrity, and Leadership. This Brotherhood was founded in order to provide, to ANY man, a diverse fraternal experience which coincides with a higher education.

Since founding in 1987, Omega Delta Phi has been an organization perpetually dedicated to the idea of constant growth and improvement. We must work to form an organization which not only challenges the traditional perception of fraternities, but also deals with the issues of culture and race in a completely new perspective. Thinking out of the box is no longer an acceptable plateau; the box must now be removed completely.

What We Believe
Our motto of "Cresit Eundo - It grows as it goes" is reflective of the ever evolving world. Omega Delta Phi does not rely on the past to identify with the present and future. We realize that our future is controlled by the actions we do today. Elevating our standards and constant improvement are goals that every brother of Omega Delta Phi is instilled from their inception.

"One culture, any race." This paradigm accurately describes Omega Delta Phi's philosophy of inclusion. While proud to be a fraternity founded primarily by Latinos at Texas Tech University, Omega Delta Phi has always found itself in the position of appealing the people of many races and backgrounds. The question that begs to be asked is, "Why is this true?" It is that you will find that our ideals are universal. While other organizations focus on what they have been, Omega Delta Phi focuses on what it is becoming. Race is a limiting concept that forces people of a nationality and/or color into preconceived roles and expectations. However, any man will tell you that people of the same nationality can be different as night and day in their beliefs and ideals. A culture, however, is defined by a set of shared ideals, traditions, and values.

The men of Omega Delta Phi are founded on the concept that in order to truly grow as an individual, one must experience views which can challenge preconceived perceptions to foster growth and enlightenment. "One Culture, any race." This is a completely new way of looking at ourselves and the world we live in. "One culture, any race." A challenge to the closed minded to look beyond what they believe to be true and realize the truth is largely dependent on one's perspective. "One culture, any race." A philosophy that suggests the coexistence of various races can be a win-win situation if we are willing to learn from one another. "One culture, any race" is an ideal for a new millennium and a new fraternity.

Facts
Name: Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Nickname: O D Phi
Founding Date: November 25, 1987
Founding Place: Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas
Mascot: Knight
Official Colors: Scarlet and Silver
Supporting Color: Black
National Motto: Cresit Eundo
Ideal: "One Culture, Any Race"
Sacraments: Unity, Honesty, Integrity and Leadership
Goals: To graduate our brothers, To serve the community and promote higher education, To excel academically, athletically and socially

Academics
The men of Omega Delta Phi realize the importance of academic excellence at the University of Houston. The goal of our fraternity is to graduate each Brother. Mandatory study hours for pledges help instill regular study habits that carry over once they become actives. Our Brothers are also encouraged to attend workshops such as time/stress management, study/test skills, as well as resume writing and interview techniques. Over sixty percent of incoming freshmen will drop out of college before achieving a bachelor's degree, but ninety-five percent of all greek members graduate from college. The reason for this difference is that greeks are involved on campus. We provide the conditions to encounter, ascertain, and receive the countless adeptness needed to take to the path of graduation and beyond. Omega Delta Phi has a great track record of Brothers who have graduated and taken up jobs in their respective fields.

Community Service
What makes Omega Delta Phi unique is that community service, along with academics and brotherhood, is one of the major strengths our organization. Through community service, Omega Delta Phi is able to give back to communities that have already given us so much while at the same time creating a diverse cohesiveness with them. The Men of Pi Chapter are involved in several service opportunities around Houston such as tutoring programs at local schools, mentor programs at the Barrio Student Center, and several other ongoing projects. The Brotherhood is also involved with annual projects such as Thanksgiving Dinner at MECA, Bi-annual Bolivar Peninsula Beach Clean-Ups, and Operation School Supplies (OSS) and the Holiday Knight of Purr-fection toy drive. The Illustrious Knights of Omega Delta Phi, Pi Chapter, strive for, and complete, over 500 service hours a semester. What is important to remember is the quality of time and projects that the Men of Omega Delta Phi commit themselves to. Omega Delta Phi prides itself on the fact that we are not a "check writing" fraternity, rather we focus more on "hands-on" projects which allow us to achieve involvement on a personal level within various communities. It is with this personal commitment and interaction that one begins to realize the value of a person, their mind, and their heart

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