The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek letter fraternities and sororities, known as the Divine Nine. NPHC was formed in 1930 their mission is to promote the well-being of its affiliate fraternities and sororities, facilitates the establishment and development of local councils of the NPHC and provides leadership training for its constituents.
Iowa State University is home to eight of the nine national pan-hellenic international organizations: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho. Each organization was established on the tenets of brotherhood/sisterhood, high scholarship, leadership and service to others. The NPHC chapter elects peers to serve in leadership roles to further the vision and mission of the four NPHC organizations. These students promote scholarship, leadership and service to others through collaborative events, cultural awareness and promote organizations at chapter and university events.
Across the United States, NPHC organizations have established physical areas on college campuses that serve as gathering spaces for events, visiting members and to recognize each of the member organizations. Nationally, these spaces are often called plots, and can be traced back to the days of slavery and reconstruction. A plaza promoting the historically Black fraternities and sororities that are part of the NPHC will be constructed at ISU on the grassy area next to the Memorial Union, at the heart of Iowa State’s campus. The plaza will serve as a space to honor the many contributions and deep impact of the NPHC fraternities and sororities at Iowa State, nationally and worldwide, and construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2021.
Your gift supports construction of the plaza and ensures the service, history and traditions of the National Pan-Hellenic organizations at Iowa State University are remembered and celebrated. Thank you for helping make this important addition to Iowa State Univeristy's campus a reality!
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Sources: https://sfe.dso.iastate.edu/articles/nphc-plaza, https://nphchq.com/