Jul 2, 2024

Fulfilling Your Potential: Richard Steiner-Otoo

Pursuit of Greatness
Fulfilling Your Potential: Richard Steiner-Otoo

Phi Delta Theta is full of young leaders, making an impact on their college campuses daily. For four years, Montclair State University was home to Richard Steiner-Otoo, ’24. With the support of his campus community and Phi Delta Theta, Richard developed a desire to become the greatest version of himself.

From starting his collegiate journey as just another face in the crowd on orientation day to speaking in front of his entire graduating class during Montclair’s commencement ceremony, Richard thanks the support of his Fraternity for his success.

Joining Phi Delta Theta as a freshman, Richard embraced the Fraternity’s values and quickly took on various leadership roles that challenged and shaped him. One of Richard’s standout experiences was serving as treasurer and recruitment chair, where he managed a significant budget of over twenty thousand dollars and spearheaded recruitment efforts that bolstered the chapter’s visibility on campus.

I am filled with pride and gratitude for the experiences and accomplishments that have shaped me into the leader I am today . . . embracing a brotherhood that pushed me to grow personally and professionally made me better.

Richard Steiner-Otoo, Montclair ’24

Before these roles, he made a remarkable impact by serving as chair of service, alumni relations, and fundraising for his chapter. By organizing events like the annual alumni barbecue, which allowed members to connect with their brothers who graduated and gave past generations a chance to reestablish their connection with the chapter, Richard strengthened the bonds of his chapter slowly but surely.

Through his service, coordinating initiatives such as Color a Smile, which brought joy to children’s hospitals and retirement homes with over five-hundred colorful drawings, Richard led his chapter by example, always making time to give back to the community.

Richard’s leadership extended beyond Phi Delta Theta, serving as vice president of the honors program advisory board and president of the Student Government Association for two years. Through his work with the Center for Student Involvement, Richard enhanced his peer’s experience and fostered a vibrant campus community. His commitment to the community was further honed as a member of the Order of Omega.

A highlight of Richard’s fraternity experience was when he was chosen to represent the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition in Washington, DC. Richard was one of seven Phis who advocated for anti-hazing legislation alongside other Greek leaders, underscoring his dedication to meaningful causes.

“Representing the voice of our community was an honor, and I am incredibly grateful to Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for selecting me for this impactful opportunity,” Richard shared. “A major highlight of this visit was speaking to staffers about anti-hazing policy. At least one student dies from hazing on a college campus every year. It was a full-circle moment to have worked with my chapter over the years to host our annual anti-hazing event at Montclair and now, working to enact meaningful change across the US that can save lives. By championing legislation against hazing, we’re promoting a culture of accountability, empathy, and mutual support within our university communities. Another great part of this visit was meeting Phis from all over the country. Hearing about their experiences in their chapters was fascinating, and it was amazing to work with such an incredible team. This experience has been invaluable for me as an undergraduate aspiring to work in public service or policy.”

Richard’s story with Phi Delta Theta is a powerful example of how the Fraternity cultivates leadership. His journey, filled with impactful service and advocacy, highlights the value of these opportunities that Phi Delta Theta offers its members.

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