Thomás Rivera Educational Empowerment Conference
hosted by Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., Xi Chapter
TREE Conference is the largest Latino high school educational empowerment conference in the state of Oklahoma. The goal of the conference is to inform Latino high school students of the numerous resources available to assist them as they prepare to attend college.
This conference is named in honor of Dr. Tomás Rivera, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, who grew up working alongside his family as a migrant worker and who was later named the first minority chancellor at the University of California Riverside. The 15th Annual TREE Conference will be held on Friday, November xx, 2020 at the University of Oklahoma.
"Planting seeds of knowledge one student at a time..."
Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. is a service and social fraternity that was founded on November 25, 1987 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Although originally Hispanic-founded, the fraternity has grown in diversity and has adopted a “One Culture, Any Race” mentality that has been crucial to the success of our organization nationwide. Xi Chapter at the University of Oklahoma was established on November 23, 1996 as the first multicultural Greek organization on campus. Ever since our local inception, we have strived to give back not only to our campus but to our surrounding communities. At OU, Omega Delta Phi is best recognized for our efforts in hosting the TREE Conference.
Omega Delta Phi exists with two primary goals: to graduate our brothers and to serve our communities. At Xi Chapter, we have a 96% graduation rate—much higher than the university average. Academics are a priority for all of our brothers and it is demonstrated by the continued success of our brothers as alumni. Apart from
academics, the brothers are also known for our service and volunteerism to the community. Every semester, brothers total approximately 400-500 community service hours and are continually recognized on campus for our exceptional volunteerism.
At Xi Chapter, we decided to combine both of our goals as an organization to create the TREE Conference. Our hope is to not only promote higher education while giving back to our community but to create a network among our TREE scholars. We see this as a real possibility, as every year our TREE scholars become a part of the conference themselves and are crucial in volunteer efforts before and the day of the conference. Our TREE Conference has impacted the lives of many students, some so deeply they joined our brotherhood with the same strong beliefs in our goals and visions as an organization. As we continue to grow, we continue to make a difference.