Omega Psi Phi

Omega Psi Phi aims to inject the social and academic atmosphere of campus with enthusiastic approaches of increased awareness of and focused pathways toward friendship, inclusion, equity, and celebrating diversity. The fraternity also maintains a realistic and passionate approach to academic achievement.

Nationally mandated programs include:

  • Achievement week – observed each November, it is designed to recognize those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to community uplift. A High School Essay Contest is to be held in conjunction with Achievement Week.
  • Scholarship – promotes academic excellence among the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters provide financial assistance to student members and non-members.
  • Social action programs – Chapters participate in activities that will uplift their communities. Some of the activities include: voter registration, Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charitable organizations. 
  • Talent hunt program – provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.
  • Memorial service – March 12 of each year chapters conduct an appropriate service to recall the memory of those members who have entered into Omega Chapter.
  • Reclamation and retention – a concerted effort at the international, district and local levels to retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to full participatory status.
  • College endowment fund – Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to historically black college and universities in furtherance of Omega's commitment to provide philanthropic support.
  • Health initiatives – Chapters facilitate, participate and coordinate activities that promote good health practices. Some of the programs are the Charles Drew Blood Drive and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.
  • Voter registration, education and mobilization – Chapters facilitate and participate in activities that uplift their communities through the power of the vote.
  • NAACP - Every district and chapter of the fraternity is required to maintain a Life Membership at Large in the NAACP. All members of the fraternity are encouraged to join the NAACP.

The Xi Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. was founded May 12, 1971. It stands as the first National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organization founded on predominately white campus in the state of Arkansas. The brothers of Omega at that time played a fundamental role in assisting other NPHC chapters in getting established on Henderson State's campus.