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History

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is currently composed of nine (9) International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a permanent organization with the following charter members: Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities. In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities joined the Council. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority joined in 1937 and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity completed the list of member organizations in 1997.

The stated purpose and mission of the organization in 1930 was “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” Early in 1937, the organization was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois and became known as “The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated.”  Here are the following NPHC organizations in founding order:

1906 Cornell University Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

1908 Howard University Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

1911 Indiana University Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

1911 Howard University Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

1913 Howard University Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

1914 Howard University Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

1920 Howard University Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

1922 Butler University Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

1963 Morgan State University Iota Phi Theta Fraternity

Membership Intake Process

Top 5 Things To Do To Show Interest:
1. Attend chapter and NPHC programs and events.
2. Attend an Interest Meeting or Informational for that chapter.
3. Get to know the members of the organization.
4. Research the group you are interested in.
5. Show your own involvement on campus (i.e. get involved in clubs, community service, etc.) 

What is an Interest Meeting?
NPHC groups hold Interest Meetings in which they discuss their national and chapter’s history, philanthropy, and requirements to become a member.

What and when is Membership Intake?
Intake is the process of membership selection used by fraternities and sororities belonging to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).  The process is similar for each organization. All groups require that selected members have a certain number of academic and community service hours as well as certain grade point averages. However, the length of the process is different, and range from three days to four weeks. For more information, please check the individual organizations’ websites.

Signature Programs

NPHC Week
The National Pan-Hellenic ouncil (NPHC) at Texas Woman’s University hosts its annual NPHC week during the month of October.  The goal of the week is for the council to gain more visibility and prominence on campus, increase awareness of NPHC organizations, and foster a sense of community among its members.

NPHC Interest Meeting Forum
This open forum will allow interested individuals to acquire information regarding the TWU NPHC Organizations, interest meetings, NPHC org basic knowledge, financial obligations, academics, etc. The NPHC Forum is held during the Spring semester. 

So You Think You Can Stroll
This signature program highlights the best of the best in strolling and promotes unity amongst the governing councils.  NPHC Organizations pair up with NPC Sororities and teach them how to stroll. The NPC sororities then compete with each other and are judged by the TWU Student Body based on creativity, organization, crowd participation, and individualism.  

Greek Made
This signature program, presented by the NPHC at TWU, helps dispel myths and stereotypes about NPHC organizations through skits, & parodies.

Resources:

Divine Nine:  The History of African-American Fraternities and Sororities in American by Lawrence C. Ross 

Black Greek 101:  The Cultural, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities  by Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough 

African American Fraternities and Sororities:  The Legacy and the Vision by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, and Clarenda M. Phillips 

Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century:  Our Fight Has Just Begun by Gregory S. Parks, Marc Morial, and Julianne Malveaux

Soulstepping:  African American Step Shows  by Elizabeth C. Fine 

NPHC Headquarters Website:    www.nphchq.org

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