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National Pan-Hellenic Council

What is the National Pan-Hellenic Council?

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing body for the 9 internationally recognized historically Black Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities known as the Divine 9. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

National History
The National Pan-Hellenic Council was established in 1930 at Howard University as a national coordinating body for the nine historically Black Fraternities and Sororities which had evolved on American college and university campuses by that time. Blatant racism had prevented many Black students on historically white campuses from joining general fraternities and sororities. Black were denied admittance to large numbers of campuses which still prohibited student of color from attending. Therefore, Black students on both types of campuses established fraternities and sororities to enhance their college experiences. These organizations did not then nor do they now restrict membership to people who identify as Black. They focus on social and philanthopic issues that affect uplift the Black community.

Bold - Active Membership at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 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.
  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. 

How to get involved & join? 
Whereas the Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) and Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) conducts formalized recruitment periods, NPHC organizations conduct recruitment as an individual process. This process is known as membership intake and is hosted throughout the year. Generally the process begins with an interest or informational meeting followed by membership education. 
The membership process culminates with initiation and a probate, or “coming-out” show in which the organization’s new members are introduced to the community.

Joining a chapter in the NPHC is a lifelong commitment to a far-reaching national organization that is both exciting and rewarding. The brotherhood/sisterhood and dedication to community service that you will share as a member of an NPHC organization is unlike any other.

Tips for NPHC recruitment
Attend Events

Look for flyers, Facebook invitations and other publicity about programs and functions that will be hosted by the organizations that you are interested in. Events are most frequently advertised on the OrgSync, the Black Scholar Hall, and EOP's African diasporic Cultural Resource Center (AdCRC -1st floor the Student Resource Building. Your attendance will show your interest in the organization, but also give you a better understanding of their programs and help you make connections with the members.

Say "Hello"
Once you have identified the organization that you are interested in joining, be sure to introduce yourself. Choosing the organization that you would like to join is a serious decision, and one that can be greatly impacted by your interactions and conversations with the member.

Be Prepared
Chapters seek new members that have an understanding, genuine appreciation and respect for the organization. Excellent candidates for membership are those that have good academic standing (3.0+ cumulative GPA or above), researched its history, exemplify its standards and values, have leadership and community service experience, and will be a positive addition to the chapter. Take a moment to identify the personal experiences, accomplishments and beliefs that you would bring to the chapter as a new member.

Attend an Informational
An organization's informational/interest meeting is where the criteria for membership are explained. Informational meetings may be publicized via flyers or by a direct invitation from the chapter.

Helpful Resources:

  • The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.
  • Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities by Walter M. Kimbrough

Interested in an organization that is not currently listed as active?
Become a pioneer in revitalizing one of the beloved NPHC organizations! Learn more about the organization's values, history and membership requirements on their national website. Once you have narrowed down your options, express interest to Jonathan Ng, Fraternity & Sorority Advisor by emailing Jonathan will be able to connect you with a local/regional representative of the organization to assist you in revitalizing the organization you have identified.  

Active Chapters Information 


 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (ΑΚΑ)
Local Chapters:
Nu Nu (Undergraduate - UCSB)
Xi Kappa Omega (Graduate - Oxnard, Serving Ventura County)
Founded at Howard University in 1908
Colors: Salmon Pink & Apple Green
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Programs of Service: Africare, Alzheimer's Association, American Heart Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, United Nations Association of the United States of America
National Website:

Chapter Advisor
  Linda Ryles - 805.455.4114

Delta Sigma Theta


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (ΔΣΘ)
Local Chapters:
Kappa Omega (Undergraduate - UCSB)

Founded at Howard University in 1913
Colors: Crimson and cream
Symbol: Fortitude
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. -  Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, Political Awareness and Involvement
National Website:

Zeta Phi Beta
"A community-conscious, action-oriented organization"
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (ΖΦΒ)
Founded at Howard University in 1920
Colors: Royal Blue and White
Symbol: Dove
National Programs: Z-HOPE, Elder Care Initiative, Storke's Nest, Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program (ZPAP), Adopt-A-School, World Elder Abuste Awareness Day, International Women of Color, Triple Negative Breast Cancer
National Website:

For more information about Delta Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, at UCSB

Inactive Chapters' Information
For more information on how to join, revitalize, or bring these chapters to UCSB contact Jonathan Ng at

Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΑΦΑ)
Local Chapters:
MU KAPPA (Undergraduate - UCSB)
XI IOTA LAMBDA (Graduate - Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, & Santa Barbara)

Founded at Cornell University in 1906
Colors: Old Gold and Black
Symbol: Great Sphinx of Giza
National Programs of Service: My Brother's Keeper, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College, Project Alpha
National Website:
Chapter President (Mu Kappa & Xi Iota Lambda)
Chapter Advisor
DaShaun Quick Evins - 310.431.8564



Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (ΚΑΨ)
Founded at Indiana University in 1911
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Symbol: Diamond
Programs of Service: Guide Right, Kappa 6 Point Plan, Senior Kappa Week, IKare, Diamonds in the Rough
National Website:
Chapter Advisor
  Rickey Charles - 310.259.8176


Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (ΩΨΦ)
Founded at Howard University in 1911
Colors: Royal Purple and Old Gold
Symbol: Lamp
National Programs of Service: Achievement Week, Scholarship, Social Action Program, Talent Hunt Program, Memorial Service, Reclamation and Retention, College Endowment Fund, Health Initiatives, NAACP
National Website:


Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (ΦΒΣ)
Founded at Howard University in 1914
Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
Symbol: Dove
National Program: American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Boy Scouts of America and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Living Well Brother-To-Brother, Project Vote
National website:

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (ΣΓΡ)
Founded at Butler University in 1922
Colors: Royal Gold and Blue
Symbol: The Poodle
Service Marks: Project Reassurance, Operation Big Bookbag, Hattie McDonald Cancer Awareness & Health Program, Project Cradle Care, A3 4 Life- Ask. Accept. Act.
National Website:  

Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (
Founded at Morgan State University in 1963
Colors: Charcoal Brown & Gilded Gold
Symbol: The Centaur
National Program: The National Iota Foundation, The I.O.T.A. Youth Alliance, the INROADS Partnership
National website: