Phi Pi Fraternity, Inc., which is a nationally recognized social and
service organization, is one of the nation's newest Black Greek lettered
organizations. It is comprised of college and professional men
across the nation.
Erik A. Martin, Ralph Laplanche, and Chris Woulard wanted to be a part
of a brotherhood that would uplift African Americans through scholarship
and community service. They immediately started laying the foundation
for a new predominately black organization. These three young men had a
vision to build an organization that would provide service to the black
community and spread brotherhood, love and unity among all people.
Additionally, their organization would be founded on the belief that all
men are created equally and would not subject perspective members to any
form of physical, intellectual, emotional and/or spiritual abuse known
as "hazing." Instead, the fraternity would seek to uplift individuals,
promote positive images and build strong, successful leaders who will
make a difference in their communities. Martin, Laplanche and Woulard
saw their vision become a reality on April 6, 1986 as Beta Phi Pi
fraternity was founded on the campus of Western Illinois University in
The goals of Beta Phi Pi are best expressed by the mottos of the
fraternity, which are "We Build Men, Men Build Futures" and "Striving
for Success, Stressing Excellence." Members are committed to promoting
brotherhood, self-improvement, African American pride and equal rights.
Beta Phi Pi stresses the importance of serving and giving back to ones
community and also to make a difference in the world. Each member of
Beta Phi Pi brings different qualities and attributes to the
organization. Due to the youth of the organization, each brother has the
opportunity to make history.