Phi Rho Eta (ΦΡΗ) is a nationally incorporated, fraternity that was founded on August 22, 1994 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The founders are LaMont Taylor and Marvin Randolph.
The founders, Marvin Randolph and Lamont Taylor, were raised in neighborhoods that overflowed with the social diseases of drugs, violence, poverty, and hopelessness. Randolph and Taylor met as brothers of the Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, and while there determined the ideas and implementation for Phi Rho Eta. The founders had an idea to establish an organization on the premise that it would promote the principles of pride, respect, and excellence. They sought to form a brotherhood that would work to set the standard of manhood, an organization comprising charismatic men striving to model and teach exemplary positive behavior.
Since its founding date, Phi Rho Eta has striven to benefit the community. Phi Rho Eta is concentrated in the Midwest but has plans to expand. As of 2012[update], Phi Rho Eta has not become a member of any national fraternity council such as the National Pan-Hellenic Council or North-American Interfraternity Conference.
The national philanthropy of the fraternity is the Mentor Teacher Brother program (MTB). Mentor Teacher Brother is the polestar community development program of Phi Rho Eta. As the name illustrates, MTB revolves around the core concepts of mentorship, learning, and brotherhood. The program is designed to cultivate positive principles and attributes through one on one interaction, group learning, and unity.
The intake period is what a potential member of the fraternity engages in before being initiated as a member. This period is the time the potential member learns of the organization's history, principles and tenacity of brotherhood. The process is designed to develop brotherhood and transition new members into their roles as charismatic members of Phi Rho Eta.
Hazing is against the fraternity's official policy. There is a zero tolerance against any kind of hazing. Individuals involved in hazing face severe disciplinary action by the fraternity and authorities.