History of the NPHC
On May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University in Washington DC, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a permanent organization. Each of the nine NPHC organizations evolved during a period when African-Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded others. Racial isolation on predominantly white campuses and social barriers of class on all campuses created a need for African-Americans to align themselves with other individuals sharing common goals and ideals. With the realization of such a need, the African-American Greek-lettered organization movement took on the personae of a haven and outlet, which could foster brotherhood and sisterhood in the pursuit to bring about social change through the development of social programs that would create positive change for Blacks and the country. Today the need remains the same. The stated purpose and mission of the NPHC in 1930 was and currently remains: “Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.” Early in 1937, the organization was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois and became known as “The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated.”
At the University of California, Los Angeles, the NPHC has existed since its founding with the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pi Chapter, who were the first Greek-letter organization at UCLA. The impact of the NPHC continues with men of the Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. having UCLA buildings named after them: both Tom Bradley International Hall and the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Xi Chapter became the first chapter in its region to be named “College Chapter of the Year.” The Mu Alpha Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. also has been named “College Chapter of the Year” within their organization. Today, the NPHC’s legacy rich in history continues with approximately 20 – 40 students dispersed throughout the organizations listed above. Quality over quantity has definitely been the theme here at UCLA.