Inspired By Excellence & Ingenuity
The history of the Eta Beta chapter is one that has changed the history of UTC. In the summer of 1963, the then University of Chattanooga, admitted nine black students into their graduate program. This was very important because this desegregation was the act that allowed the desegregation of the undergraduate department in 1965. On a global scale, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was continuously expanding during this time looking for men of similar thinking and goals. During this time there was a local chapter here in the city of Chattanooga, the Kappa Iota Chapter (1945), which currently serves as the graduate chapter for the Eta Beta chapter.
In the spring semester of 1971, several undergraduate students heard rumblings of the expansion of the organization and inquired about possibly starting a chapter on the campus. These young men enlisted the help of Little H. Mason who would become the adviser for the Eta Beta chapter. This first initiation class for the Eta Beta chapter would be called the 12 Disciples.