National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for Grand Valley's historically African-American fraternities and sororities, these organizations are also known as "The Divine Nine". Our NPHC is currently composed of seven of the nine NPHC organizations:

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

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List of National Pan-Hellenic Council Fraternities and Sororities


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

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. For over three decades the Nu Gamma Chapter at Grand Valley 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


Iota Phi Theta - Eta Omicron Chapter

On September 19, 1963, at Morgan State College (now Morgan State University), 12 students founded what is now the nation's fifth-largest, predominately African-American social service fraternity: The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated. As Iota Phi Theta continues to grow and strengthen, so will its commitment to making meaningful contributions to society in general, with particular emphasis in the African-American community. Throughout America, Iota Phi Theta ® has come to represent excellence in all areas.

National Founders Day: September 19th, 1963 

Chartered at Grand Valley: June 19th, 2009

Fraternity & Sorority Life is a part of the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.