Oldest Latino Fraternal Organization Welcomes Seven-Year-Old New Member and Creates Awareness
Monday, October 24, 2016
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PHI IOTA ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC.
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Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Oldest Latino Fraternal Organization Welcomes Seven-Year-Old New Member and Creates Awareness About People with Disabilities
New York, New York - October 2016
During a historic ceremony that took place in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, October 22, Phi Iota Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. inducted seven-year-old Jax Atrin Rivera-Mayorga into its brotherhood as the
youngest individual to ever join a Latino Greek-lettered organization and possibly any fraternal organization.
Jax is the son of Dr. Hector Rivera, Phi Iota Alpha fraternity brother from the Mu Chapter at Columbia University, and Jessica Mayorga, two-term president of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc., a women’s leadership and service organization with historic ties to the fraternity.
Jax was born with complex disabilities as the result of an undiagnosed in-utero infection that has caused him to live with severe cerebral palsy, minimal intended use of his limbs, and deaf-blindness. Considering that with his disabilities, Jax is not likely to attend a formal college or university, Jax’s parents petitioned the Board of Trustees (BOT) and National Management Team (NMT) of Phi Iota Alpha to extend the opportunity to join the brotherhood to Jax at this early age. Most importantly, this request became time-sensitive when Jax reached the crucial age of seven, surpassing life expectancy for children documented to have the same illness as Jax. “When we received the request from Bro. Dr. Rivera and long time friend Mrs. Mayorga, the BOT unanimously agreed to act. We immediately put the gears in motion to adjust our policies & procedures and making this unprecedented request a reality. We are all very happy that this day had finally come. Welcoming Bro. Jax Atrin Rivera-Mayorga into the ranks of our illustrious brotherhood is not only a joyful moment, but one of our proudest thus far in our 85 year history!“ said Bro. Dr. Dennis H. Camacho, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Jax’s parents are also overcome with joy: “As Jax’s father, it has always been my dream to bring him into this organization that has had such a positive impact on my life,” said Dr. Hector Rivera, Jax’s father. “As the oldest Latino Greek fraternity in this nation, it is fitting that my brothers also be the first to open our doors to someone like Jax, standing with us to build awareness and respect for disabilities at both ends of the spectrum.”
“Phi Iota Alpha has taken a brave and important action in inducting Jax to this amazing brotherhood,” said Jessica Mayorga, Jax’s mother. “They have demonstrated the importance of breaking down barriers that are too often built around individuals with disabilities and are promoting acceptance, diversity and humanitarianism through this endeavor. These brothers are true trailblazers and regarded as valuable members of our extended family.”
Jax is now a full member of Phi Iota Alpha and a part of the Mu chapter at Columbia University. Within the organization, his brother name is “Siempre Sonriente” (always smiling,) a true reflection of Jax’s personality. Brothers from the Alpha, Beta, Delta, Zeta, Mu, Nu, Tau, Chi, and Alpha Mu Chapters were present at Brother Jax’s, “Siempre Sonriente”, crossing ceremony.
“This is truly a momentous occasion in the history of our brotherhood, and as a father and the Executive Director of Phi Iota Alpha, I couldn’t be prouder of my fraternity for taking this bold step and granting Jax full membership in our brotherhood,” said Francisco Lugo, Executive Director of Phi Iota Alpha. “We are truly honored that Jessica and Hector have given us the opportunity and privilege to officially welcome Jax into the realm of Fi Iota Alfa.”
Since 1931, Phi Iota Alpha has set precedents for Latino Greek leadership in the global community. For over 85 years, Phi Iota Alpha has cultivated and inspired Latino men nationwide to become leaders of their communities across Latin America and the United States. Open to all men, this distinguished brotherhood includes many professionals and former presidents of Latin American countries. Today Phi Iota Alpha, the Oldest Latino Fraternity in existence, continues to lead as the preeminent Latino fraternal organization with chapters throughout the United States.
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - The Oldest Latino Fraternity in Existence