Gamma Chi, the local chapter of the historically African American fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has been reactivated at Pittsburg State University, thanks in part to the leadership of alumnus Damon Broadus (BA ‘91, MS ‘94).

He clearly remembers the impact the last reactivation of the chapter had on his life; he was a sophomore when it was brought back in 1989 after being offline since the early 1970s. Having grown up in urban Kansas City, trying to assimilate in a small, white, rural community was a culture shock.

Broadus, a pre-law and social science major, said joining the fraternity changed that; it gave him a group with which he could identify, and “made all the difference,” he said.

He now serves as the Board President of the Brothers of Gamma Chi Educational Foundation, and led the effort to reactivate to pay it forward with the help of Jason Kegler, assistant vice president of Student Life, and Steve Erwin, vice president of Student Life. The process took three years.

Their mission remains the same: “We develop leaders, and promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our community,”