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National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

NPHC History

The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established in an age when racial segregation and disenfranchisement plagued African Americans, the rise of each of the black fraternities and sororities that make up the NPHC bore witness to the fact that despite hardships African Americans refused to ascend to a status of inferiority. The NPHC was formed as a permanent organization on May 10, 1930 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1937.

The UT Arlington NPHC was formed in the mid 1990's as more and more of the "Divine Nine" NPHC organizations solidified their presence on campus. Currently, UT Arlington is home to eight (8) of the nine NPHC organizations (the exception being Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.). Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities. The individual member is also expected to align with a graduate/alumni chapter, following graduation from college to perpetuate the purpose of the council.

How to join an NPHC Organization at UT Arlington

The National Pan-Hellenic Council hosts an event called "Meet the Greeks" at the beginning of each semester for interested students. This event encourages interested students to meet members and learn more about NPHC and its member organizations at UT Arlington. In addition, throughout the year individual chapters hold Informational Sessions (sometimes called Interest Meetings or Rush). Informational sessions give interested students and NPHC chapters the chance to discuss the benefits of membership in greater detail. It is at the Informational Sessions where interested men and women are given an introduction to the specific organization, its members and information on chapter programs and policies on membership. NPHC also encourages interested students to do independent research on a fraternity or sorority. Some good books for this independent research include Black Greek 101 by Walter Kimbrough and African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision edited by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks, and Clarenda M. Phillips.

After a person applies to an organization and has been accepted, the new member education period begins. Typically, this period involves classroom sessions with a chapter advisor that educate potential new members about the history, policies, and programs of the organization. The overall Intake process is different for each fraternity and sorority, so interested students should consult a representative from the organization they wish to join for specific membership information. The University community does not know potential new members until they are initiated.

To find out more about joining NPHC chapters, contact us by the following:

  1. Fill out the online web request for information here
  2. Attend Meet the Greeks on Thursday February 4th at 7pm in the University Center Rosebud Theater (Business casual, $5 admission)
  3. Visit the Fraternity and Sorority Life office (Lower Level of the University Center, Suite B160)
  4. Email the NPHC advisor, Johnny Robinson at
  5. Contact the individual fraternities and sororities chapter Presidents, for a list of chapter presidents click here. 

2016-2017 NPHC Officers


Ody Osakwe  

Vice President

Ty Rhodes


Yoel Zehaie 


Darinisha Turner  

Recruitment and Retention

Jalen Harrington  


Matthew Gaddy  


Tevin Broussard 

Community Service

Ashley Peebles 

Current NPHC Chapters at UT Arlington

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Zeta Mu Chapter
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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Zeta Chi Chapter
National Website:
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Lambda Chi Chapter
National Website:
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Iota Phi Theta Fraternity
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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Mu Beta Chapter
National Website:

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Theta Chi Chapter
National Website:
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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Nu Iota Chapter
National Website: