The Work of the Divine Nine
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, otherwise known as the “Divine Nine”, has a rich history rooted in the fight for social justice among African-Americans. Its mission, created in 1930, is “unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek Letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations”. The organizations on the campus of Davidson College (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) aim to address local and international issues that highlight social, political and racial justice matters. This poster examines the development of a permanent framework for the cohesive and collective functioning among individual organizations apart of the National Pan-Hellenic Council at Davidson College. The project was inspired by initial conversations between the NPHC members held during the NPHC retreat as it addressed the topic of support for programs and events between the organizations. As a result, strategies for accountability linked to the values and tenets of the governing body of the NPHC were created.