National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established in 1930 at Howard University as a national coordinating body for the nine historically African American Fraternities and Sororities which had evolved on American college and university campuses by that time. Blatant racism had prevented many African American students on historically white campuses from joining general fraternities and sororities. African Americans were denied admittance to large numbers of campuses which still prohibited blacks from attending. Therefore, African American students on both types of campuses established fraternities and sororities to enhance their college experiences. These organizations did not then nor do they now restrict membership to African Americans. They have developed, however, a distinctive African American style in their activities both social and philanthropic.
|1906~||Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.||~Cornell University|
|1908~||Alpha Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc.||~Howard University|
|1911~||Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.||~Indiana University|
|1911~||Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.||~Howard University|
|1913~||Delta Sigma Theta Fraternity, Inc.||~Howard University|
|1914~||Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.||~Howard University|
|1920~||Zeta Phi Beta Fraternity, Inc.||~Howard University|
|1922~||Sigma Gamma Rho Fraternity, Inc.||~Butler University|
|1963~||Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.||~Morgan State University|
NPHC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment philosophy and aim to assure the continuance of academic achievement, political awareness, and community service. We strongly encourage those interested in the Membership Intake process to contact the respective NPHC organizations for more information.
Membership selection in NPHC is an individualized process that is different for each organization. Chapters choose the time when they will take new members. This process, known as intake, generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of membership education. The membership process culminates with initiation and a probate, or "coming-out" show in which the organization's new members are revealed to the community.
In order to participate in the intake process with any NPHC organization at JSU you must first attend NPHC Convocation. This event will give you the opportunity to learn more about the seven NPHC organizations which are currently active at JSU.