About the Gentlemen of Alpha Psi Rho
The Gentlemen of Alpha Psi Rho live a Lifestyle reminiscent of Renaissance men: one of self-empowerment, innovation for what a Fraternity can be, and care for the community. Being a Gentleman of Alpha Psi Rho is not a part-time occupation—it’s a way of living. Fueled by challenge, others’ skepticism and a purpose of becoming high-caliber men, Alpha Psi Rho’s fire burns forever. No Brhother “deactivates.” Because of this, Alpha Psi Rho Men are among the most passionate, innovative, and involved. Throughout the year, you will hear about what Alpha Psi Rho is doing for our Asian Pacific Islander Culture.
“We, the Gentlemen of Alpha Psi Rho, strive to achieve Brotherhood through active participation in the community by promoting Asian/Pacific Islander awareness. Through fostering scholastic achievement, we shall mold future leaders who will actively pursue the apex of life. Our cultural background shall provide us with the strength and unity to attain greatness. Through brotherhood, we will produce high-caliber men who will be triumphant in the face of perseverance. We are the Gentlemen of Alpha Psi Rho.”
“Creating a history involves a series of events and dates, but most importantly it is something worth remembering. As the Founding Fathers of Alpha Psi Rho began to write the first chapter of a legacy, they found it necessary to remember what had motivated them to breathe life into their brotherhood. Through fate ten Founding Fathers came together to bring a new sense of support to the people of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry. As we reflect upon the struggles our ancestors faced in adapting and surviving in the United States of America, we continue to emulate their hardships. Alpha Psi Rho will strive to become a predominant force in American society. The Founding Fathers composed of Jason Valoroso, Kenny Fong, James Kuniyoshi, Jeremy Quirante, Jay Balanay, Kenny Ortega, Frederick Lucina Jr., Reuel Andaya, Anthony Gambol, and Benjamin Abiva. Alpha Psi Rho was founded on March 1, 2000, and was established upon the beliefs of brotherhood, academics, prosperity, and strength.”
“…Triumphant in the face of perseverance.”
To understand Alpha Psi Rho, you must understand its roots. The Founding Fathers of this Brotherhood grew up in the 90’s, the era of the L.A. Riots, Desert Storm, gangsta rap and the slaying of hip-hop icons. At the same time, Asian and Pacific Islander-Americans were struggling to find their identities in the United States. Some found prosperity in gangs. Others pursued higher education to understand themselves culturally and become capable gentlemen in this country. The Founding Fathers enrolled at San Diego State University and became involved in cultural organizations. However, they wanted to be around people who have similar interests, lived a similar lifestyle, and hungered to make greater impacts in the community—a sense of involvement that never existed and a brotherhood like no other. In 2000, the Ten Founding Fathers founded Alpha Psi Rho at San Diego State University.
Alpha Psi Rho was forged upon four simple yet iron principles: Brotherhood, Academics, Prosperity and Strength, which provide for an unyielding foundation yet limitless potential. Since the conception, Alpha Psi Rho had always been the alternative/underdog/x. Due to ever-constant opposition and disbelief, innovation and hustle has become a motif in the Alpha Psi Rho Lifestyle. Because this dynamic is fundamental to the organization, Alpha Psi Rho continues to elevate and dominate as San Diego’s most recognized, involved API-interest Fraternity. Through such passion and dedication toward common goals, a true tradition of brotherhood was cultivated. This Lifestyle continues today and has become the essence of being a Gentleman of Alpha Psi Rho.