Chapter Corner

Mentoring Program Aims to Support Young Men of Color

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Chapter Corner | 0 comments

Originally published on Union’s website.

When Alvaro Peters ’14 arrived at Union, the first generation college student from Malden, Mass. could have used a mentor to help navigate the challenges he faced.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Peters, a double major in History and Africana Studies.

Whether it was dealing with issues involving academics, social life or how to get involved in the community, Peters felt something was missing. So last spring, he and his Alpha Phi Alpha brothers – Joseph Mason ’13 and De’Sean Suarez ’14 – revived Phenomenal Males, a group that was launched by the fraternity in the early 1990s but had been dormant in recent years.

Acting as role models and mentors, members strive to challenge young men to live responsible lives, develop their talents, get involved in the community and build their self-esteem. Aimed primarily at males of color from multicultural backgrounds, the group has grown to 11 members this term. Meeting weekly, the group hopes to “raise the standard of scholarship and manhood and to reassess the term ‘success’”, said Jason Benitez, director of Multicultural Affairs and the group’s unofficial advisor.

Members also connect regularly with students at nearby Schenectady High, offering tips on preparing for college and how to present themselves in a positive manner.

Peters is pleased with the early results of the group’s efforts.

“We hear from students all the time,” said Peters, whose email signature includes a quote from Frederick Douglas, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

“They text or email to discuss their grades, or to say, ‘I didn’t do so well. I could use some help with a quiz.’ Someone might also have a question about a relationship. That’s the beauty of it; we are there for everything.”

The group is pushing to get officially recognized by Student Forum. In the meantime, it hopes to raise its profile with an event on Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Old Chapel: Suited for Success.

Attendees will get tips on business etiquette, dress and success from a panel featuring Benitez; Bob Soules, director of the Becker Career Center; Matt Malatesta ’91, vice president for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment; Sunni Solomon, director of Greek Affairs; Hans-Friedrich Mueller, the William D. Williams Professor and Chair of Classics; Eric Noll, director of Human Resources; and George Timmons, associate provost, Center for Online Education, Learning and Academic Services at Excelsior College.

Those who attend will receive a free tie, courtesy of a campus collection by Phenomenal Males.

For more information on the event or to learn how to join the group, contact Peters at


Bro. Peters Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Chapter Corner | 0 comments
















Congratulations to Brother Peters on his recent induction into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Onward and Upward!

Union College Volunteer of the Week: Alvaro Peters ’14

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Chapter Corner | 0 comments

Originally published on the Union website.

By: Maura Driscoll ’15


The Kenney Community Center Volunteer of the Week is Alvaro Peters ’14, a history and Africana studies interdepartmental major from Malden, Mass.

A returning resident advisor for Davidson Hall, he is also involved in various other organizations on campus, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Peters is also a Posse Scholar, as well as a tutor for COCOA house and president of the Pi Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Additionally, Peters is a member of the Black Student Union, the Academic Affairs Council and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society.

Currently, he is working with Phenomenal Males to put on an event called Suited for Success, which provides local males with the knowledge and tools to succeed professionally, at Union on Feb. 28. In this workshop, faculty, staff and administrators will demonstrate skills such as tying a tie, business etiquette and share advice on image management and self-esteem.

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Fear of a Black President

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Chapter Corner, News | 0 comments

by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor of the Atlantic.

This article outlines the paradox that has been highlighted during President Obama’s presidency: how a white President can speak more openly about race than a Black President; in addition, to supplementing a narrative of the manifestations of racism towards black integration and the black response.

A Snippet

The irony of President Barack Obama is best captured in his comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, and the ensuing fray. Obama has pitched his presidency as a monument to moderation. He peppers his speeches with nods to ideas originally held by conservatives. He routinely cites Ronald Reagan. He effusively praises the enduring wisdom of the American people, and believes that the height of insight lies in the town square. Despite his sloganeering for change and progress, Obama is a conservative revolutionary, and nowhere is his conservative character revealed more than in the very sphere where he holds singular gravity—race.

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Congrats to Bro. Peters

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Chapter Corner, College Days | 0 comments

Congrats to Bro. Peters

I find it imperative to provide such deserving yet underprivileged youth with an above average education, as they often fall victim to a lack of resources and fulfilling educational experience of which they consequently suffer a great deal. – Bro. Peters

Vote Mason 4 Multicultural Affairs

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Chapter Events, College Days | 0 comments

Vote Mason 4 Multicultural Affairs

UPDATE: On behalf of the Internationally Renowned Pi Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., we would like to congratulate Bro. Joseph Mason for securing the most votes to become an executive board member of Student Forum, as the V.P. of Multicultural Affairs! (more…)


Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Chapter Corner, College Days | 0 comments


On behalf of the Internationally Renowned Pi Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, we would like to thank everyone who came out to show support to our three newly initiated SPR 12 Neos; your presence was very much appreciated. Now, having crossed the burning sands into Alphadom, these three dynamic young men are anxious to add value to the Union College Moneygram money transfer and Capital District communities. Just as we have high expectations from them, you should as well.
Thank you again,
Internationally Renowned Pi Pi

Trayvon Martin Rally and ‘Hoodie’ March in Providence

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Chapter Corner | 0 comments

3.27.2012: A community rally and march Tuesday evening in Providence in support of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin drew close to 300 neighbors, many wearing hoodies similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot . The march follow short speeches from community leaders, such as Bro. Raymond Watson, and started at Madeline Rogers Recreation Center and proceeded to the Chad Brown community basketball court where participants were able to voice opinions and comments about the incident. Trayvon Martin was the Florida high school student who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. (more…)