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National Panhellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council at ETSU serves as the governing body for the campus historically African American fraternities and sororities. 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. NPHC organizations have a profound commitment to community service. They embrace the continuance of social actions, political empowerment and economic development. 


The NPHC member organizations at ETSU include,  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.Phi Beta Sigma, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. To become a member of either one of these organizations, undergraduate students must meet specific membership qualifications and criteria. Potential new members should be in good standing with the university, have good morals, strong values, and campus and community involvement. Such requirements are designed to promote the building of strong end effective chapters.

Each NPHC group conducts its own membership intake process. Chapters advertise their membership intake process through flyers labeled interest meeting, informational, or meet and greet which all students are welcome to attend and express interest in and learn more about and organization.

  

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 5 Helpful Hints on joining an NPHC Organization

  • Research us!  We are all have separate national websites that talk about our purpose, passion, and goals.  Reading our websites will give you a better perspective on what we look for in potential members. You can find links to these on the Fraternities & Sororities Tab!

  • Come talk to us! We are very friendly and LOVE when people ask about our organizations!
  • Attend our programs.  Not only do we host these programs to educate and uplift the community around us, but also to recruit members who have the same passions as we do.
  • Scholarship.  Remember, you are a student first.  We have certain GPA requirements that new members must meet.
  • Get Involved!  Being diverse in other clubs and organizations on campus is a great way to show leadership skills and build relationships with other community members.   

National Pan-Hellenic Council Benches on the ETSU Campus

In the 1900s, with fraternities and sororities on the rise, seven men at Cornell University saw a need for a social, educational, fraternal organization for black men. They were excluded from the current fraternal system due to racism, and founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in response. Since the founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, eight other historically black fraternities and sororities were founded, under the governing council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council. 

The letters and the names these organizations bare are sacred to members. NPHC members do not allow anyone to wear or utilize their letters, unless they are a member of the organization. 

These benches showcase these historically black organizations to campus, while reminding these NPHC members how far they have come. In the beginning, these organizations and their members had to be kept secret, especially on the campuses of recently desegregated universities. Today, members can proudly showcase themselves to the world. 

Despite wearing different letters and baring different colors, all of these organizations were founded for the betterment of black people and their communities as a whole. Members of these organizations have gone on to be activists, astronauts, artists, presidents and more.

Today, these organizations host members of every race, creed and color who support their mission and values. Members of these organizations work for the betterment of all people, assisting in community service projects, voting initiatives and raising money for various charitable organizations, all while proudly displaying their letters across their chest and on their bench.

 

 Are you interested in joining? Complete the Fraternity and Sorority Life Interest form

 

 If you need to call attention to a student of concern, please review information about ETSU's CARE Report.

If you wish to submit a complaint, infraction, or incident regarding a fraternity or sorority click here.

 

 

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