University of Memphis National Pan-Hellenic Council holds plot dedication ceremony

Sept. 12, 2021 — The University of Memphis’ National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapter held a plot dedication ceremony at the Alumni Mall on Sunday to highlight the visibility, value and vibrancy of the historically African American fraternities and sororities at the UofM. .

The event will included remarks from current and previous NPHC executive boards, University administration and alumni. An official NPHC dedication of the plots and a ribbon-cutting concluded the event.

The plots, which utilize existing trees that line the Alumni Mall Lawn, Mitchell Hall, Clement Hall and Ellington Hall, will aid in future recruitment, retention, engagement and fundraising efforts of students and alumni of color, and complements one of the University’s core values of diversity and inclusion.

About National Pan-Hellenic Council Plots

Unlike chapters within the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, NPHC chapters typically do not own housing facilities as this model of representation is not supported by the structure of the Inter/National Headquarters and local alumni chapters of these groups. Instead, plots are typically used on college campuses across the country to provide representation and sacred space for these groups. The largest of the symbols of Black fraternalism on college campuses is the plot which symbolizes the organization and appears in various forms.

About the National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded on May 10, 1930, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., with the purpose of fostering cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern and promoting the well-being of its affiliate fraternities and sororities, while providing leadership training for all members. 

About the UofM NPHC Chapter

The UofM local NPHC chapter and affiliate organizations continue to impact the community by raising awareness of social issues, volunteering for local projects and philanthropies, and hosting events and activities to engage the campus community.

For more than 50 years, the nine fraternities and sororities at the UofM have worked to create leaders, promote communication and increase civic engagement on the UofM campus. Currently, all nine of the NPHC organizations are active on the UofM’s campus with more than 150 total collegiate members.

  • 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.
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.