The Black Greek Council is made up of traditional African-American Sororities and Fraternities, these organizations also go by the Divine Nine.

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1906 Cornell University - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

1908 Howard University - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

1911 Howard University - Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

1913 Howard University - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

1914 Howard University - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

1920 Howard University - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

1922 Butler University - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

1963 Morgan State University - Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

Black Greek Council

The Black Greek Council (BGC) at Grand Valley State University is currently composed of eight out of the nine of the International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities within The Divine Nine. BGC 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.

Alpha Phi Alpha - Iota Epsilon Chapter

Since 1974, the Iota Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has worked to uplift the Grand Valley community through social, civic, and educational action. Iota Epsilon has served as one of the most powerful forces in GVSU Greek life. The chapter's participation in our nationally mandated programs such as "Go to High School, Go to College", "A Voteless People is A Hopeless People", and "Project Alpha" has helped with the development of the Grand Rapids community.

National Founders Day: December 4th, 1906 

Chartered at Grand Valley: December 4th, 1974

Alpha Kappa Alpha - Nu Theta Chapter

The Nu Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered April 19th of 1980 at a regional conference in Akron, Ohio.

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind.

National Founders Day: January 15th, 1908 

Chartered at Grand Valley: April 19th, 1980

Omega Psi Phi - Iota Pi Chapter

On Friday evening, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, and Frank Coleman. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

National Founders Day: November 17th, 1911 

Chartered at Grand Valley: March 9th, 1974

Delta Sigma Theta - Lambda Pi Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. Since its founding, more than 200,000 women have joined the organization. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a sisterhood of predominantly Black, college-educated women. 

National Founders Day: January 13th, 1913 

Chartered at Grand Valley: June 18th, 1974

Phi Beta Sigma - Nu Gamma Chapter

On Behalf of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Nu Gamma Chapter, here at Grand Valley State University, I would like to extend greetings to all who view this page. For over three decades Nu Gamma has been striving to uphold the principals of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service and will continue to do so on into the future. Currently, there are two active brothers on campus, and every day they strive to take Sigma to the next level. I send thanks to my brothers for continuing a tradition of excellence. GOMAB!

National Founders Day: January 9th, 1914 

Chartered at Grand Valley: April 24th, 1981


Zeta Phi Beta - Chi Xi Chapter

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920 as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C known as our Five Pearls, dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood.

National Founders Day: January 16th, 1920 

Chartered at Grand Valley: January 11th, 1992

Sigma Gamma Rho - Xi Nu Chapter

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development, and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

National Founders Day: November 12th, 1922 

Chartered at Grand Valley: February 4th, 1996

Iota Phi Theta - Eta Omicron Chapter

Founding Institution: Morgan State University

Colors: Charcoal Brown and Gilded Gold

Symbol: Centaur

Motto: Building A Tradition, Not Resting Upon One!

National Founders Day: September 19th, 1963 

Chartered at Grand Valley: June 19th, 2009