May 3, 2019 | by Erineka Johnson
UL NPHC Gains New Members

The UL NPHC gained over 100 members this semester, and new members of these historical African American organizations are eager to leave their mark on the campus and their prospective organization.

Paige Pigee, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Epsilon Beta Chapter, said being apart of her sorority has changed her life. The Epsilon Beta chapter has not been active on campus since 2017.

“It’s great to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I love how the organization was founded on the principles of sisterhood and service,” Pigee said.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC), also referred to as the Divine Nine, is a global organization housing nine black Greek-letter organizations.

“Member organizations of NPHC include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.,” Pigee said.

All together the Council’s membership exceeds 1.5 million individuals around the world.

All of these organizations are currently active at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette , except Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The spring semester was very eventful on campus for members of NPHC.

 

UL NPHC allows students the opportunity to be apart of history and promote unity among its members and address problems of  those organizations.

“Campus feels whole again now that most of our black Greek lettered organizations are back active and I definitely feel the unity between everyone. In all of the NPHC organizations we strive to implement programs based on our founding principles, and so far we are doing amazing ,” Pigee said.

There was a total of five new membership presentations held this semester.

Photo credit : UL NPHC

“Even though we are all apart of different organizations we come together and we definitely plan on leaving our mark on this campus and showing others that all NPHC organizations are excellent,” said Pigee.

Pigee believes that NPHC organizations gives students the chance to be involved in something that is bigger than themselves. The NPHC continues to uphold traditions while also breaking boundaries, and Pigee said she thinks there will be a lot to watch out for in fall 2019.

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