#WeAreTKE

It's time to author the next chapter of TKE history.

Our Dedication to Inclusion

We consider no man from the standpoint of those qualities and advantages he has not attained by personal effort. We stand for men whose manhood has withstood the test of trying conditions. We deem sterling character and staunch uprightness to be necessary qualifications to membership in this fraternity.

- Declaration of Principles, 1907-1908 -

On May 30, 2020, Tau Kappa Epsilon released a statement about the murder of George Floyd, discussing the role TKE and its men can play in the improvement and healing of our communities.

Since then, the Grand Council and the Professional Staff of Tau Kappa Epsilon have been listening.

We have been appreciative of the vital feedback of our membership asking us to do more.

The Grand Council and Professional Staff have held dozens of conversations with our members about how we take the next step, and we support the call for us to use our vast network to be better listeners, to be better educated and to model the way for change in society as leaders.

It's time to author the next chapter of TKE history.

We maintain that exclusiveness is the direct antithesis of a true fraternity.

- Declaration of Principles, 1907-1908 -

Since our Declaration of Principles, written in 1907-1908, Tau Kappa Epsilon has maintained the idea that exclusiveness is the direct antithesis of a true fraternity. Our Founders believed in an entity that would value all equally, leave a mark on the world, and instill dedication to its members for life.

#BlackLivesMatter.

Tau Kappa Epsilon wholeheartedly condemns racism in all forms as it has no place in our Fraternity nor in the world today.
 
#LoveIsLove.

Tau Kappa Epsilon is proud to support our members in the LGBTQ+ community as inequality has no place in our Fraternity nor in the world today.

On June 12, 2020, the Grand Council of Tau Kappa Epsilon announced its first four steps to advance our diversity, further our inclusion and champion the spirit that we take pride in as members of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

It will take the entire TKE Family to elevate what our organization can be, expand our impact and to advance our mission. It is incumbent upon all of us to celebrate our heritage by authoring our next chapter in a fashion that further honors our bond and our principles.

Strategic Committee on
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Grand Council approved a 5-year strategic plan in March 2020. This plan was nimble in its creation to allow for sustained monitoring and adjustment to reach our potential. TKE is announcing the formation of a Strategic Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This committee will be charged to establish proposals to augment the strategic plan and present them to the Grand Council for consideration and adoption. Additionally, this committee will be tasked to seek out further educational opportunities and potential strategic partnerships for the Offices of the Grand Chapter and our membership with outside organizations.

In the formation of this critical committee, Venerable Grand Prytanis James Hickey, Ph.D. has named Grand Grammateus Ryan Vescio to serve as Chairman of the Strategic Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and its three subcommittees.

Frater Hickey is proud to appoint more than 60 men to represent our diverse membership.

View the Committee

Conference Education

TKE Educational Conferences such as the Regional Leadership Conferences will host candid, genuine, and authentic conversations on diversity and inclusion.

Officer Education

TKE will be forming Diversity and Inclusion training that will be required to be completed by every officer within Tau Kappa Epsilon. These leaders form our future and their modeling towards an even greater TKE is critical.

New Member Education

TKE will be forming Diversity and Inclusion training that will be included as part of our new member education. Our new members have the ability to shape the future of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

To Believe in the life based upon integrity, justice, sincerity, patience, moderation, culture, and challenge in order to serve as a responsible, mature member of society.

- Creed of Tau Kappa Epsilon -

Our Dedication to Inclusivity

Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity has never changed our membership selection policy since founding in 1899. We do not discriminate against individuals based on their race, religion, creed, orientation, and/or personal beliefs. We believe that the fraternity experience develops men toward personal growth, professional development and contribution to society. We encourage any man interested in committing to excellence to consider joining our TKE family. We reaffirm our devotion to use our ideals and principles to positively impact our campuses and communities.


Strategic Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

The purpose of the TKE DEI Committee is to review and discuss both current efforts to recognize the presence of differences which may exist within our organization based upon race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. The Committee is tasked to develop methods to identify and support the entire membership of Tau Kappa Epsilon more fully. This includes the decision making processes and development opportunities within Tau Kappa Epsilon. The DEI Committee will make recommendations to the Grand Council as to how to further the diversity, equity and inclusion our organization was founded upon.

 

Ryan J. Vescio Esq.

Ryan J. Vescio Esq.
Rho-Omega '02
University of South Carolina


Ryan J. Vescio (Rho-Omega, South Carolina) first initiated into the Rho-Omega chapter but soon transferred to the Xi-Iota chapter at the University of Central Florida. Ryan has served on the Alumni Volunteer Academy Advisory Board, the TKE 2010 Task Force, was Province Advisor for the Apollo Province and served as Grand Province Advisor the following year. He has served on the Grand Court as Chief Grand Justice and was appointed as the Judiciary Committee Chairman in 2011, serving in that role until he was elected Grand Pylortes in 2015. As the current Grand Grammateus, Frater Vescio was selected to serve as the Chairman of this committee. For more about Frater Vescio, visit TKE.org/GC.
Kevin W. Bradley

Kevin W. Bradley
Lambda-Pi '80
Northeastern Illinois University


Kevin Bradley (Lambda-Pi, Northeastern Illinois) is the Senior Advisor, Global Inclusion & Diversity for Zebra Technologies. He has over 30 years in Human Resources as a recruiter, business partner, EEO/AA Compliance leader and D&I leader, where he has developed D&I strategies and Employee Resource Groups from the ground up. In addition, he has facilitated workshops/clinics, the management of training solutions and OFCCP compliance review oversight. He is also a former Board Member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals and former advisor to the Asian Pacific Islander Scholars organization.
Dennis L. Fish

Dennis L. Fish
Xi '99
Washington University


Frater Dennis Fish (Xi, Washington) is the Associate Director for Program Operations at the U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Center. Before joining the Civil Rights Center in 2014, Dennis was Senior Technical Advisor in the Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, Office of Education and Assistance. Dennis received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 and his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2002. He resides with his family in Arlington, Virginia.
Dominick Gillette

Dominick Gillette
Delta-Zeta '20
Southeast Missouri State University


Dominick Gillette (Delta-Zeta, Southeast Missouri State) has recently attained his bachelor's degree and is currently pursuing a master's and a Ph. D. During his time with TKE, Frater Gillette has held the roles of Prytanis and Pylortes with the Delta-Zeta chapter. He is a graduate of the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. TKE Leadership Academy XXXIII in 2019, attended Conclave 2019 and participated in the 2020 Fraternity For Life virtual ceremony in 2020.
Ajay Patel

Ajay Patel
Gamma-Theta '21
University of Florida


Frater Ajay Patel (Gamma-Theta, Florida) studies philosophy and psychology, focusing on pre-clinical and counseling at the University of Florida. He has served as the Epiprytanis for the Gamma-Theta chapter and recently attended the Elmer & Donna Smith RLC in 2020.
Eric S. Ratinoff

Eric S. Ratinoff
Xi '93
Washington University


Eric Ratinoff (Xi, Washington) is co-founder and principal of The Mouse and the Elephant, a diversity, equity and inclusion training and consulting firm. He served as Executive Editor for the Ferguson Commission report and co-authored “A Seat at the Table,” an award-winning diversity and inclusion column for the New Hampshire Business Review. Frater Eric is also the founder and Chief Storyteller for the strategic storytelling firm Story First. A recent project, “In St. Louis: Five Years Later,” examines racial equity work in St. Louis since Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. Eric chairs the Board of Advisors for Xi Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jacob L. Rhymes

Jacob L. Rhymes
Beta-Zeta '22
Louisiana Tech University


Frater Jacob Rhymes (Beta-Zeta, Louisiana Tech) is a political science major at Louisiana Tech University and plans to pursue a law degree. He serves as a Student Recruiter, is a member of the Pre-Law Society and is also a Student-Athlete Tutor at Louisiana Tech. In addition, Frater Rhymes serves as the Social Co-Chair and Judiciary Board Freshman Representative for the Beta-Zeta Chapter.
Edwin D. Robinson

Edwin D. Robinson
Theta-Nu '16
Southeastern Louisiana University


Edwin Robinson (Theta-Nu, Southeastern Louisiana) currently serves TKE as Grand Province Advisor of the Apollo Province and is working toward his elementary education degree at Western Governors University. Frater Robinson works at a non-profit in Bradenton, FL, as a Veterans Services Program Manager, helping homeless veterans obtain and maintain stable, permanent housing. He volunteers with his church, Big Brothers, and other veteran service organizations. Throughout his time with TKE, he has attended numerous programs and events, including Province Forums, Regional Leadership Conferences, Leadership Academy and the Alumni Volunteer Academy.
Randy M. Sabbagh

Randy M. Sabbagh
Nu-Pi Colony '82
University of Delaware


Frater Randy Sabbagh (Nu-Pi, Delaware) is the Principal Technology Risk Manager focusing on Cyber-Resilience for a leading financial firm. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in Diversity & Inclusion programs. Such programs include co-founding his firm's LBGTQ+ and Hispanic Employee Resource Groups and mentoring Intern and first and second-year staff on their career paths to leverage and celebrate what they bring to the table—letting their voices be heard. Frater Sabbagh currently serves as Province Advisor for Fiesta Province.
Tyler M. Salley

Tyler M. Salley
Mu-Upsilon '14
Illinois State University


Frater Tyler Salley (Mu-Upsilon, Illinois State) is an Industrial Psychologist and Organizational Development professional and is committed to helping people live their best life at work—so they can do the same at home. With time spent in both public and private sectors, Frater Salley has experience in employee & leadership development, people analytics, diversity, equity & inclusion programming and management consultation. During his time at the Mu-Upsilon chapter, Salley served the Fraternity as Rush Chair and Prytanis. He holds a master's in applied behavioral sciences, a bachelor's in psychology and is a certified Change Management Practitioner (CMP).
Joe L. Shepherd Jr.

Joe L. Shepherd Jr.
Upsilon-Delta '20
Saginaw Valley State University


Joe Shepherd Jr. (Upsilon-Delta, Saginaw Valley State) is a 4th-year political science major with a minor in psychology at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. During his collegiate time with TKE, he has attended the Great Lakes Province Forum in 2018, the Donald R. Tapia Regional Leadership Conference in 2019 and Conclave 2019 in Orlando.
Dr. Christopher M. Torres

Dr. Christopher M. Torres
Zeta-Kappa '10
Portland State University


Dr. Torres (Zeta-Kappa, Portland State) is a faculty member at the State University of New York at Potsdam. His research agenda encompasses social justice issues pertaining to physical and sedentary behaviors regarding issues of inequality, the built environment, and other social determinants of health. Dr. Torres is a Fellow of the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, has served on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and as Interim Director for the SUNY Potsdam Center for Diversity. Currently, Dr. Torres is the NCAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Liaison for SUNY Potsdam athletics.
Col (Ret) George Torres Jr.

Col (Ret) George Torres Jr.
Epsilon-Eta '81
Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Retired Colonel George Torres Jr. (Epsilon-Eta, Southwestern Oklahoma State) served thirty years in the United States Air Force, reaching the rank of colonel. During his time in the Air Force, he held several key positions of command and leadership in the Nuclear Weapons (ICBM/Bombers/Joint) Operations and Maintenance and Munitions disciplines at Wing and HHQ command levels. He earned his ROTC Commission at the University of Oklahoma in 1981. Frater Torres lives in Fort Worth, TX, and serves as the Grand Province Advisor for the Lonestar United Province.
Damon  Veras

Damon Veras
Gamma-Theta '23
University of Florida


Damon Veras (Gamma-Theta, Florida) is a sophomore at the University of Florida, majoring in political science. Frater Damon’s professional background is in campaign consulting. He developed his skillsets in campaign finance and digital organization through his Finance & Operations internships with local County Commission and School Board races in his hometown of Miami, Florida. He is involved in his chapter as the Histor, Social Chair, and Social Development Chair. He is involved in student government, the Inter-Residence Hall Association and Hispanic Heritage Month at the University of Florida. He’s a proud son of immigrants and a first-generation college student.
Micheal Weaver

Micheal Weaver
Epsilon-Upsilon '21
Northwestern State University


Micheal D. Weaver (Epsilon-Upsilon, Northwestern State) is the current Prytanis of the Epsilon-Upsilon chapter at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He is currently serving his second term in office. Since joining the Epsilon-Upsilon chapter, Frater Weaver has held the offices of Crysophylos, Hypophetes and Hegemon. In addition to officer roles, he has led his chapter by serving as the recruitment chair. Frater Weaver also attended the 2018 Louisiana Fall Province Forum, the 2019 Elmer & Donna Smith Regional Leadership Conference and Conclave 2019 in Orlando.
Dr. Steve R. Yacovelli

Dr. Steve R. Yacovelli
Rho-Psi '93
Millersville University


Dr. Steve Yacovelli (Rho-Psi, Millersville) is the owner & principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a leadership, change management and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando with affiliates around the globe. Frater Yacovelli holds a bachelor's in speech communications from Millersville University, a master's in educational policy & leadership from The Ohio State University and a doctorate of education in instructional technology & distance education from Nova Southeastern University. As a member of the LGBTQ+ Community, “Doc Yock” has spent much of his personal and professional time fostering a consciously inclusive world.

DEI Subcommittee on History, Traditions and Education

 

This subcommittee will be focused on reviewing and highlighting TKE's History and Traditions of inclusion, and how we can showcase our legacy. Further, this subcommittee will make recommendations on how we can integrate our history and traditions within providing DEI education for the members of TKE.

 

Ayo H. Adebisi

Ayo H. Adebisi
Omicron-Nu '19
Florida Institute of Technology

Dr. Nathaniel Chapman

Dr. Nathaniel Chapman
Sigma-Alpha '09
Florida International University

Tom M. Cruz

Tom M. Cruz
Upsilon-Xi '11
Oakland University

Kabir S. Dhillon

Kabir S. Dhillon
Upsilon-Psi '22
California State University-East Bay

Dr. Chris A. Dieni

Dr. Chris A. Dieni
Tau-Omega '08
Carleton University

Sal Espino Jr.

Sal Espino Jr.
Alpha-Alpha '12
Wabash College

Andrew Foley

Andrew Foley
Xi-Omega '20
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Gregory T. Halloran

Gregory T. Halloran
Sigma-Gamma '13
State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Dr. Levi J. Harrel

Dr. Levi J. Harrel
Epsilon-Sigma '10
University of Central Oklahoma

Kobina A. Intsiful

Kobina A. Intsiful
Zeta-Zeta '14
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Steve A. Jones

Steve A. Jones
Delta '72
Knox College

Rick P. Lowrey

Rick P. Lowrey
Mu-Omega Expansion '84
George Mason University

Dante L. McClain

Dante L. McClain
Tau-Zeta '20
Western Connecticut State University

Mr. Joe E. Moss

Mr. Joe E. Moss
Theta-Eta '89
University of South Dakota

Calvin Rizzo

Calvin Rizzo
Beta-Epsilon '20
Trine University

Mecael L. Yuan

Mecael L. Yuan
Epsilon-Xi '01
Shepherd University

DEI Subcommittee on Social Engagement

 

This subcommittee will be focused on discussing and recommending whether TKE should become involved in the engagement of social issues. This engagement could be focused internally amongst our members, or externally on issues within society. This group will discuss which societal issues exist that the Fraternity could positively impact, how best to do so, and make recommendations to the DEI committee on action to take.

 

Oscar R. Barillas

Oscar R. Barillas
Delta-Epsilon '22
Cleveland State University

COL-RET Humberto J. Buitrago

COL-RET Humberto J. Buitrago
Mu-Omega Expansion '81
George Mason University

Jose A. Caisabanda II

Jose A. Caisabanda II
Kappa-Eta '22
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Tim D. Clegg II

Tim D. Clegg II
Beta-Omega '01
Missouri State University

Rabbi Joseph M. Domosh

Rabbi Joseph M. Domosh
Theta-Zeta '86
Rutgers University, Newark

Puneet Dusari

Puneet Dusari
Alpha-Eta Colony '23
Rutgers University

Mr. Michael A. Gill-Branion

Mr. Michael A. Gill-Branion
Mu-Upsilon '06
Illinois State University

Zack D. Heller

Zack D. Heller
Lambda '21
University of Wisconsin-Madison

John R. Kerry

John R. Kerry
Mu-Zeta '10
Nicholls State University

Mr. Jeffery LaRue Boger Winchester

Mr. Jeffery LaRue Boger Winchester
Theta-Iota '23
Northern Michigan University

Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez
Sigma-Alpha '15
Florida International University

Christopher J. Sherry

Christopher J. Sherry
Theta-Pi Colony '95
California State University, Chico

Raymond P. Simeon

Raymond P. Simeon
TKE Colony 794 - Barry '11
Barry University

Michael D. Steele

Michael D. Steele
Rho-Alpha '02
Winthrop University

David W. Towne Esq.

David W. Towne Esq.
Omega '97
Albion College

Chandler S. Waelder

Chandler S. Waelder
Zeta-Pi '21
Culver-Stockton College

DEI Subcommittee on Recruitment and Retention

 

This subcommittee will be focused on how we can enhance our recruiting efforts to attract additional members of every background, a pillar within our Fraternity. This includes recruiting collegiate men, along with identifying and recruiting alumni from diverse backgrounds as volunteers. This group will discuss and make recommendations on how we further improve retention and engagement of members of all backgrounds.

 

Mr. Rashawn L. Armston

Mr. Rashawn L. Armston
Pi-Omicron '
Northern Kentucky University

Abdul K. Bangura

Abdul K. Bangura
Mu-Zeta '23
Nicholls State University

Daniel K. Barrow

Daniel K. Barrow
Alpha-Pi '09
George Washington University

Dr. Rene Cintron Ph.D.

Dr. Rene Cintron Ph.D.
Iota-Upsilon '00
University of West Alabama

Jeff Dingess

Jeff Dingess
Upsilon-Delta '16
Saginaw Valley State University

Mazen A. Hammoud

Mazen A. Hammoud
Rho-Tau '18
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Abel Kassa

Abel Kassa
Epsilon-Alpha '18
Saint Louis University

David A. Mendoza III

David A. Mendoza III
Pi-Eta '84
Texas A & M University

Joseph D. Moss

Joseph D. Moss
Iota-Upsilon '98
University of West Alabama

Benny C. Rieth

Benny C. Rieth
Sigma-Xi '17
St. Norbert College

Dylan Santalo

Dylan Santalo
Gamma-Theta '20
University of Florida

G. Scott S. Spence

G. Scott S. Spence
Beta-Beta '87
North Carolina State University

William C. Takewell

William C. Takewell
Iota-Theta '12
Centenary College of Louisiana

Omar Williams

Omar Williams
Xi-Iota '14
University of Central Florida

Kobe B. Wilson

Kobe B. Wilson
Delta-Epsilon '23
Cleveland State University

Zach R. Woodbeck

Zach R. Woodbeck
Epsilon '20
Iowa State University