From the Chief Executive Officer

Dear Brothers,

I hope you enjoy reading this special edition of the digital Lion. We’re focusing this issue on some of the most important subjects our Brothers are dealing with today.

In this time of tumult, with so many on our campuses and communities focused on issues of social justice, what is the place for fraternities and sororities? Where and how do our Brothers play a role? On some campuses, these questions have fed into a movement now known as the “Abolish Greek Life” movement.

I firmly believe that Alpha Epsilon Pi is very relevant during these times. For decades, our Brothers have been leading forces of lasting global and social changes and we want to do everything possible to continue to empower them to work every day to make this world a better place for all.

So, this Lion issue is devoted to those among us who have provided an example to follow. From Brother Mickey Schwermer giving his life to register Black voters in Mississippi the 60s, to Brother Steve Rosenthal today serving his Mississippi community as mayor and helping to rebuild his town and lift up those who need support, to Brother Dale Schwartz who, along with his Tau chapter Pledge Brothers, helped defend the vulnerable against hatred at the Nashville lunch counters. I urge you to read the words of Brother Aaron Carpenter, who was a member of our undergraduate cabinet, who has experienced hatred and now seeks to build bridges on his campus and within both the Black and Jewish communities.

President John F. Kennedy once said, “The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.” I believe that we need the leaders who are in our chapters today to help lead us to a place where we are more just, more empowered and more equal.

AEPi develops and fosters leaders who will change the world. I’m proud to be a part of it. I know you are, too.


Jim Fleischer
Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Inc.

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