The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is comprised of five historically African-American fraternities and four historically African-American sororities. These nine organizations were founded during an era where black students were limited in their ability to join fraternities and sororities while in college. As a result, social justice, advocacy and community support are in the DNA of everything the “Divine Nine” does on campuses nationally. Here, at the University of Pittsburgh, the NPHC provides life-changing support systems for black students in a variety of ways, including mentorship, programming, academic initiatives, philanthropy and service, and social events.
To celebrate this rich history, and to embed this legacy at Pitt and in western Pennsylvania for many generations to come, the University of Pittsburgh has proudly constructed an NPHC Plot at the heart of Pitt’s campus, which is now on display in Schenley Quad for everyone to see, share, and celebrate. The Plot celebrates each of the “Divine Nine” fraternities and sororities with their seal, information about their founding, and the names of supporters who helped make the Plot possible.
The design of the nearly 40-foot network of steel louvers honors the Black Greek letter organizations while paying homage to the region’s Industrial history. Pitt is now one of only a handful of Predominantly White Institutions in the nation to host such a plot, providing a central location for NPHC members to honor their legacy.
Your support of this historic initiative will aid Pitt’s efforts to recruit more students of color, increase student participation in NPHC chapters and enhance alumni engagement.
The Plot was unveiled at Homecoming in 2021 with over 400 alumni, students, staff and supporters in attendance. The national president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., Vanetta Cheeks-Reeder (NURS ’83), traced the idea of a “plot” all the way back to the Civil War, when some freed slaves were said to have been promised 40 acres and a mule. “These plots on campuses across the country are our spaces, they are our 40 acres,” said Cheeks-Reeder at the Plot’s Unveiling.
“This is a special moment in Pitt history,” said Kenyon Bonner, Vice Provost for Student Affairs. “This is a blue, gold, and black moment. This is welcome home.”
We’ve since been inundated with requests to allow further engravings on the Plot. As such, our fundraising deadline for the Plot has been extended to December 31, 2021. However, all remaining engravings will go on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make your donation soon if you don’t want to miss the opportunity to commemorate your (or a loved one’s) name on this Plot!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I want to give towards both a general fund and an oval?
For example, if I wanted to give towards a $2,000 oval name, as well as $400 towards the general plaque fund, I would select the “Gold oval naming opportunity” but increase the total amount to $2,400 on the giving instructions page. We will apply the $2,000 towards engraving your name in an oval, and will place the remaining balance (i.e. $400 in this instance) towards your organization’s plaque fund - or general support for the Plot.
What if I want to give towards two or more oval naming opportunities?
Please make only one transaction at a time for each oval naming opportunity.
Will my Greek letters be included in the 30-character limit for my oval name?
Your 3 Greek letters will be added on the end for free. The 3 Greek letters do not count toward the 30-character limit, so no need to put your organization in the 30 characters.
Is this endeavor exclusive to Pitt or the NPHC?
This opportunity is open to all. Whether or not you are a part of the Panther community or the Divine Nine, your support will help make history and spread the universal values that the NPHC embodies.
What if you exceed your fundraising goal for the Plot?
We will apply all funds towards covering the Plot’s construction, followed by its upkeep and maintenance. Any donations that exceed this amount could be funneled towards supporting our NPHC student organization’s operating funds.
To learn more about this project, or for instructions on how to make an offline or group/line gift, please contact Shahid Madni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Contributions received for this project shall be used in accordance with the purpose described herein, the terms in the FAQs and applicable law.