The first Black Greek-letter organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha) was founded on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on December4, 1906. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity currently has more than 850 chapters around the world and a membership in excess of 185,000. Alpha Phi Alpha was originally founded by seven undergraduate students at Cornell who were later referred to as “The Seven Jewels” by the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. One Jewel, Charles Henry Chapman, articulated a founding principle of the fraternity when he said, “We must never lose sight of the fact that we must take part in the development not only of ourselves but of all humanity.” With this vision Alpha Phi Alpha encouraged scholarship, fellowship, good character, and service to the entirety of humanity. In 1906 when racial tension at Cornell caused many black students to leave the campus, members of the fraternity vowed to continue their education and encouraged African American students to follow their example. From that point forward, Alpha Phi Alpha members viewed the acquisition of education as central to the progress of all African Americans. They recognized the need to form a safety network for minority students to encourage each other in their quest for education and in the parallel fight for justice and equality.

This year, the Neophyte Training team has designed a curriculum to help you navigate the convention and prepare you for leadership of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. We are honored to champion this noble endeavor. Our team initiated a pre-survey to get a better sense of your needs coming into the Convention and we have assembled materials and coordinated short training modules to accommodate your requests.

Moreover, we have worked with the leadership of your district directors to identify the key priorities in training and we are looking forward to discussing topics ranging from “Business and Brotherhood” to “Roberts’ Rules of Order.”