NPHC Plot Project
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.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has already raised $10,000 to install a large plaque that honors the seven Brothers that chartered the Omicron Chapter at Pitt in 1913. Separately, the 1985 Initiates paid for a small plaque on their own. Now, we are working to raise an additional $10,000 for a large plaque to honor the Seven Jewels who founded the Fraternity in 1906. The large plaque for the Seven Jewels is already in place and our progress toward fulfilling our $10,000 commitment is shown on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I give any amount towards the Seven Jewels plaque?
Of course! Just edit the amount you want to give on the gift processing page and write “Seven Jewels Plaque” in the Special Instructions box.
Can I still make a donation for an Oval engraving?
Unfortunately, the extended deadline for this opportunity has already passed. We still encourage you to donate to support our Seven Jewels plaque.
What is the donor wall referred to at the end of the giving form?
The online donor wall allows others who visit this site an opportunity to see your personal contributions to this endeavor. You can choose the level of anonymity you wish to have, and we hope your contributions will encourage other Alphas to give! This page is now specifically designed to track progress towards the Seven Jewels Plaque pledge, so if you gave to another plaque or oval engraving and don’t see your name on the online donor wall here, no worries -- your name is still displayed on the online donor wall over at the main fundraising page: engage.pitt.edu/nphcplot.
To learn more about this project, please contact Shahid Madni at email@example.com
Contributions received for this project shall be used in accordance with the purpose described herein, the terms in the FAQs and applicable law.