Beta Nu Nu Chapter History
Beta Nu Nu Chapter History
On Friday, November 30, 2018, in Shanghai, China, at the Chi Mu Nu Chapter Chartering, Brothers Clarence "Tony" Lamar from Mexico and Robert Morgan Jr. from Texas met with the fraternity senior leadership to promote the expansion of the fraternity. The senior leadership included the 41st Grand Basileus, Brother David Marion, and the 13th District Representative, Brother Trevor Hodge, to promote Omega Psi Phi International's expansion with a Chapter to the United States Southern Border in Mexico. Other key figures in this meeting included Brother Ricky Lewis, the First Vice Grand Basileus, and Brother Raymond "Raybo" Bourgeois, the International MSP Chairman.
Brother Lamar impressed the idea of a chapter in Mexico to compliment the three chapters of Canada's United States Northern Border. Mexico is the United States' second-largest trading partner and second-largest export market (after Canada). U.S. relations with Mexico are strong and vital. The two countries, the United States and Mexico, share a 2,000-mile border with 55 active land ports of entry. The two countries directly impact the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, including trade and economic reform, education exchange, citizen security, drug control, migration, human trafficking, entrepreneurship, innovation, energy cooperation, and public health. The scope of relations between the United States and Mexico is broad and goes beyond diplomatic and official relations. It encompasses extensive commercial, cultural, and educational ties, with $1.7 billion of two-way trade. During regular economic and health times, hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border legally each day. In addition, 1.5 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico, and Mexico is the top foreign destination for U.S. travelers. Mexico is the home to many American ex-pats, especially Black American ex-pats in Mexico Baja California peninsula.
The United States has a robust series of educational and cultural programs with Mexico. These programs work with young leaders, students, civil society, and entrepreneurs. They provide English language learning, advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, strengthen civil society, provide exchange opportunities, and expand economic opportunities. Mexico is the leading country in this hemispheric-wide initiative to partner with U.S. universities, colleges, and community colleges. To date, a total of 60 Innovation Fund grant-winning teams between Higher Education Institutions in both countries are working across nine Mexican states and 24 U.S. states to provide academic training. The purpose of this initiative is to allow underserved students to gain technical skills and prepare for the workforce in areas such as public health, STEM, sustainable agriculture, technology, business development, education, and others. With the strong relationship the United States has with Mexico, it was unquestionable to pursue Omega International presence within the country of Mexico.
After a fact-finding meeting in January 2019 in Otay Mesa, Mexico, between the 13th District Representative, Brother Hodge, the 13th District Expansion Chairman/ Former 13th District Representative, Brother Matthew Coleman, Brother Lamar, and Brother Morgan, the charter application was finalized and submitted to the Fraternity's Supreme Council for approval. In 2019, the fraternity continued to expand its global footprint south of the border when on March 22, 2019, the Supreme Council approved the charter of Beta Nu Nu Chapter in Tijuana, Mexico. On the charter were 19 members officially welcomed into the 13th District during the chartering celebration on June 22, 2019, in Tijuana, Mexico.