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. Now, we are working to raise an additional $10,000 to honor the Seven Jewels who founded the Fraternity in 1906.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I give any amount towards the plaque?
Of course! Just edit the amount you want to give on the gift processing page and select “Seven Jewels Plaque” for your gift allocation.
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 Founders’ plaque.
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. The 3 Greek letters do not count toward the 30-character limit, so no need to put your organization in the 30 characters.
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!
What if I want to give towards both the Seven Jewels plaque and the 1985-Line plaque?
For example, if I wanted to give $100 towards the Seven Jewels plaque and $100 towards the 1985 Line plaque, I would increase the total amount to $200 on the giving instructions page. In the section labeled “Special Instructions: please confirm the distribution of your gift below”, please write that you’ve allocated $100 towards the Seven Jewels plaque and another $100 towards the 1985-Line plaque.
To learn more about this project, please contact Shahid Madni at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributions received for this project shall be used in accordance with the purpose described herein, the terms in the FAQs and applicable law.