Facts about historically Black Greek organizations
1. What makes historically Black Greek organizations different from other sororities and fraternities?
A. Historically Black Greek organizations were founded to bring African-Americans together and develop unity on college campuses early in the 1900s at a time when opportunities, of this nature, for Blacks did not exist. The common mission statement for all historically Black Greek organizations is best articulated in the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s (NPHC) mission statement. Find out more about the NPHC and Black Greek organizations at www.nphchq.org.
2. Why is it important for Black Greek organizations to strive for unity? What is the NPHC?
A. Unity among Black Greek letter organizations was first implemented in 1930 at Howard University. In this year, the National Pan-Hellenic Council was formed as a governing body to aid organizations in a bond of common causes. It is important that each person commit to the purpose of their founders and the organization’s goals for the “upliftment of the black race.”
3. Which historically Black Greek Organizations are at Harris-Stowe?
Alpha Eta Chapter: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beta Delta Chapter: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.: email@example.com
Beta Nu Chapter: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Omicron Sigma Chapter: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.: email@example.com
Alpha Omega Chapter: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gamma Eta Chapter: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.: email@example.com
Zeta Rho Chapter: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpha Delta Chapter: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority: email@example.com
* With the exception of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Greek Life organizations in St. Louis are considered citywide chapters. Citywide means that the chapter may consist of several universities at any given point, including Harris-Stowe, SLU, WASH U, UMSL, Fontbonne, Webster and Maryville.
4. How do you become a member of a Black Greek letter organization at Harris-Stowe?
- Be a full-time student
- Meet the minimum GPA requirement, 2.5 cumulative GPA. (Some organizations may require a higher cumulative GPA)
- Have a minimum of 15 earned credit hours (some organizations may require more credit hours)
- Attend at least ONE Greek Life 101 session
- If a transfer student, have to be enrolled at Harris-Stowe for one complete semester
- No disciplinary infractions within a year
6. Are the Alpha’s and AKA’s, Delta’s and Omega’s, Kappa’s and SGRho’s brother/sister organizations?
A. No, formally the only constitutionally bound organizations are Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
6. Are there nicknames, chants, steps unique to each of the Black Greek Organizations?
A. Yes, however, only the privilege of membership would allow you or someone else to use the nickname, call, chant or step. Therefore, they are only to be used by members of the Greek community. Non-Greeks who attempt to imitate members of the Greek community are considered disrespectful and may be shunned from membership.
7. Why do Black fraternities and sororities use Greek letters instead of an African-based alphabet?
A. It is important to understand that the Greek writing system and philosophies has very close ties to Africa, particularly Eygpt. Each of the NPHC organizations employs some type of reference to Africa within the organization.
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