Sunday, April 3, 2022 marked a historic day at Iowa State University as the new National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Plaza was officially unveiled on the northwest lawn of the Memorial Union, becoming the largest NPHC Plaza west of the Mississippi. Over 350 students, alumni and friends attended the NPHC Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which concluded an NPHC Alumni Reunion weekend filled with activities celebrating the accomplishments of the council and recognizing their bright future at Iowa State.
“This plaza is a statement to the broader campus and community of Iowa State’s deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and to creating a culture of unity.”
Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen
"Iowa State University finally has a space on campus to honor historically Black organizations and show respect to the legacy NPHC organizations embrace—service, education, philanthropy, and empowerment.”
Iowa State University Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Toyia Younger
The 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, facilitate 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 Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
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.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the NPHC plaza took place on May 22nd, 2021. Speakers at the event remarked on the importance of the plaza as a reminder of the impact of the Divine Nine at Iowa State and at institutions throughout the United States, and a step towards greater equity and inclusion. The structure honors the contributions and amplifies the voices of the historically black fraternities and sororities that make up NPHC, as well as individual members who have made significant contributions to ISU, Ames, the state of Iowa and beyond.
Your gift ensures the service, history and traditions of the National Pan-Hellenic organizations at Iowa State University are remembered and celebrated. Thank you for supporting this important addition to Iowa State University's campus!
To make a donation on behalf of a smaller group please use the "In Honor of" option on the donation page. For example, if the Fall 2022 Initiates want to contribute together, please click on the "make a gift button, select the "In Honor of" option when redirected to the donation page and enter "Fall 2022 initiates."
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Ames, IA 50010
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