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Teach for America and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Partner to Promote Educational Equity

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Teach for America and Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Partner to Promote Educational Equity

New York, New York - November 2015

Teach For America today announced a national partnership with Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This partnership affirms Phi Iota Alpha’s dedication to scholarship and leadership as well as Teach For America’s ongoing commitment to include diverse, talented leaders in the effort to end educational inequity.

Today 25 percent of the nation’s students identify as Latino compared to only 7.8 percent of teachers.  Furthermore, of that 7.8 percent, only 2 percent are Latino Males.  As the Latino population continues to grow, that divide will only continue to expand unless more young Latinos choose teaching as a career path.  Both TFA and Phi Iota Alpha are committing to change these statistics through professional and leadership development opportunities.    

As the oldest Latino fraternity in existence, Phi Iota Alpha’s mission is to develop dynamic leaders and create innovative ways to unite the Latino community. The brotherhood consists of over 60 chapters and nearly 20 colonies of young professionals working together to empower Latin Americans.

Francisco Lugo, Executive Director of Phi Iota Alpha said, “The brothers of Phi Iota Alpha find great value in the education and empowerment of youth in neighborhoods with low socioeconomic status. Joining forces to combat the lack of education among our youth will bring together two great organizations that foster excellence and equity in education.”

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Today, 8,800 corps members are teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education—and among them are more than 4,300 Latinos.

With the help of Latino Greek Letter Organizations like Phi Iota Alpha, Teach For America responded to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic’s call to action by  committing to recruit an additional 2,400 Latino undergraduates and professionals to teach in low-income public schools nationwide over the next three years, with at least 30 percent of those educators teaching a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.

“This fall Teach For America brought 600 new Latino teachers to classrooms nationwide as the beginning of a lifelong commitment to ending educational inequity,” said Veronica Lucena, manager of Teach For America’s Latino Community Initiatives. “We are proud of the many contributions of our current Latino leaders working in schools and communities across the country—but we must do more. As we work side-by-side to achieve our ambitious goal of recruiting 2,400 new Latino educators, Phi Iota Alpha will be an important partner in efforts to increase diversity in our education system and expand opportunities for our students.

As a leadership development organization, TFA works to develop its corps members professionally and help them become leaders within their schools and communities. Teach For America launched its Latino-based Greek Partnerships in 2012 in order to bring more Latino leaders to the field of education and expand opportunities for students. Other Latino-based Greek partners include Kappa Delta Chi, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Sigma Lambda Gamma, and Sigma Lambda Beta.

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About Phi Iota Alpha

The Phi Iota Alpha Latino Fraternity fosters a life-long commitment to the Latin American culture. With an emphasis on intellectual development, cultural consciousness, personal growth, personal achievement and social awareness, Phi Iota Alpha strives to instill in its members a Global Latino perspective. The fraternity strongly encourages scholarship through the pursuit of undergraduate degrees, advanced degrees, and the attainment of professional credentials that strengthen its individual members. 

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today, 8,600 corps members will be teaching in 52 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 42,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter


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