Members of the National Panhellenic Council at Northwest hosted their annual NPHC Forum Aug. 29.
Out of the historical nine black Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, there are four active on campus: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Rho Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. President Kylan Harrell said he has been to four forums and this was his second one as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.
“This is basically to inform freshmen,” Harrell said. “I know it’s hard — first getting to college and not really understanding the do’s and don’ts, you have people telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. This is just easier layout to set the guidelines and standards before the school year starts off.”
The Alphas were founded Dec. 4, 1906 at Cornell University by seven African American men. Their motto is “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.”
Nu Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. President N’ninah Freelon said she has been to all the forums and this is her second one since she has been a member of DST.
“I feel like it’s important for us to have a forum so we can get into people’s heads what Greek Life is, and just start eliminating any type of stereotypes about black Greek-lettered organizations,” Freelon said. “I think that is the main importance of having an NPHC forum and just getting people aware of who we are before we start really doing stuff on campus.”
DST was founded Jan. 13, 1913 at Howard University by 22 women with the motto “Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom.”
“We are so much more than the surface,” Freelon said. “We’re so much more than the strolling and service. We actually put in work. You have to put in work to be a part of our organization. We work hard, period.”
Junior Hope Williams said this year’s forum was more interactive than last year because of participation from the audience and the panel.
“I think last year there were less people and less interaction,” Williams said. “This year, I think the panel was more involved with the people and the people were more involved with the panel. I think people came out of their shell.”
Rho Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Treasurer Brian Dunn said he is thankful for the participation and turn out.
“Compared to last year, we had a lot more crowd participation,” Dunn said. “I would like to thank the incoming freshman for showing their support, and I want to extend my hand out more; if anyone has any questions they can see me on campus and definitely reach out.”
Freelon quoted the Gamma Theta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity President Jackson Barnes during the forum, “Actually staying a part of the organization and staying active is actually harder than becoming.” Freelon said that’s what she wants people to take away from NPHC organizations.
Phi Beta Sigma was founded Jan. 9, 1914 at Howard University by three African American men with the motto of, “Culture For Service and Service for Humanity.”
Iota Theta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi President Richard Venerable reflected on his first ever NPHC forum.
“It’s a humbling experience,” Venerable said. “Being a part of something bigger than myself and being the face of my chapter, to bring in anyone who is interested in men of Omega.”
Omega Psi Phi was founded Nov. 17, 1911 at Howard University by three collegiate men with the motto, “Friendship is essential to the soul.”
Freshman Enaisia Hamilton said the forum informed her of what NPHC fraternities and sororities are on campus.
“It’s a great way to know what each was because I didn’t know how many they had in the first place like the Alphas or just the sorority in general,” Hamilton said. “It’s good seeing all of them come together and all the black people coming together just to watch them is good too.”