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The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established in 1930 at Howard University as the national coordinating body for the nine historically African American Fraternities and Sororities which had evolved on American college and university campuses. Blatant racism had prevented many African American students on historically white campuses from joining general fraternities and sororities. Therefore, African American students established fraternities and sororities to enhance their collegiate experiences. These organizations do not restrict membership to African Americans; however, they have maintained an African American focus in their social and philanthropic activities. The USC chapter of the NPHC was charted in 1995. Because the NPHC is comprised of service based organizations, the members of our organizations excel not only in the classroom but also in the community by addressing issues like poverty, education, political awareness, public health and many others. As leaders of the USC community, our members hold executive board positions in other many organizations on and off campus and strive to enrich the lives of others at USC. While NPHC organizations recognize the social aspect of Greek college life, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities. The NPHC and its respective members have pledged to devote their resources to service in their respective communities, realizing that the membership experience of NPHC organizations goes beyond organizational membership during an individual's college career. A lifetime commitment to the goals and ideals of each respective organization is stressed. The organizations that comprise of the NPHC are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. If you are interested in joining a NPHC chapter, please register at In the "General Information" box, please be sure to type "Interested in NPHC."

For more information about National Pan-Hellenic Council, please contact NPHC President at or



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