The History of the Fraternity's Education Mission:
The basis of the Education program lies in the traditional emphasis that the Fraternity places on education. During the 1945 Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the Fraternity underwent a constitution restructuring which led to the birth of education as an international program. The program focuses on programming and services to alumni and collegiate in the Fraternity. Programs such as scholarships, lectures, college fairs, mentoring and tutoring enhance this program on local, regional and national levels.
A Message from the Director of Education:
It is our mission as an Organization and a Chapter to develop the young minds of African American and Latino/a American students. We believe that Students of Color have an active, creative and enriching minds as well as a sense of understanding and compassion for their collective community and the greater world as a whole. We focus on the total development of the students: morally, intellectually, social emotionally and physically. This is done by partnering with all the stakeholders to ensure that students have the essential tools in their toolkit to become global citizens.
We continue to partner with several Massachusetts programs which pushes the envelope and promotes education as a primary function for Students of Color. Several programs are the high school and middle school Tenacity Challenge and the BU Calculus Project. The High School Tenacity Challenge is an inter-district academic scholarship competition for Latino and African-American students who prepare for a complex history argument, a literacy analysis of work of an African-American or Latina author rendered as a performance, an art mural and a math/science quiz bowl. The Middle School Tenacity Challenge, pushes middle school students to become leaders as they promote leadership challenges within their schools and communities, give their analysis of a body of text and challenge others in the math competition.
The Chapters yearly involvement has assisted in affording 24 scholarships yearly ranging from $300 to $1,000.00 per student. It continues to be our pleasure to see such transformative work while also strengthening their intellectual risk-taking, collaboration, a spirit of team competition and intensive academic learning.
The Chapter also works with and sponsors The BU Calculus Project which was designed to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics. The Chapter believes in their mission of instilling a mindset that attributes success to hard work and resilience; promoting collaboration among Students of Color; and improving mathematics problem skills as they have the ability to learn from one another.
Bro. Akil Mondesir