HIGH POINT, N.C., May 3, 2021 – High Point University recently dedicated an area in the center of the Greek Village to recognize and celebrate the National Pan-hellenic Council and HPU’s Black fraternities and sororities.
Plaques for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated will be added to the area, along with landscaping and other features. It will represent the presence of HPU’s Black Greek-letter organizations on campus symbolically and physically, and give alumni and current members a location for reflection and celebration.
These four organizations are part of the National Pan-hellenic Council’s Divine 9. Future Divine 9 organizations chartered on HPU’s campus will receive recognition in the space as well.
During the dedication ceremony on April 29, HPU NPHC members Sydney Sullivan and Alon Parker welcomed the audience and retraced the founding of the National Panhellenic Council, which was founded in 1930 during a time when minority students did not have access to all opportunities on college campuses.
“Over the years the National Pan-hellenic Council has been striving to grow in membership, in impacting our community and also in helping minority students have a successful experience,” said Parker. “We have achieved much and still have more goals to achieve. The only way to achieve those goals is to do it together through inclusiveness. If you are here today and you don’t know someone, please introduce yourself, because we’ll only be able to accomplish those goals as a family.”
HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein also spoke to students, faculty and staff during the ceremony.
“The plaques residing here will be in this beautiful spot that serves as a passageway where everyone can see them,” said Qubein. “There’s no question that we’ll build something beautiful, and you will all be very proud of it.”
Qubein, who immigrated from the Middle East to America as a teenager, reiterated HPU’s commitment to supporting and preparing all students to achieve success and significance.
“Together, we can always achieve good things,” said Qubein. “We’re all created by God almighty. He breathed in our nostrils and gave us all life; we are all one. This university is a God, family and country school, so we are committed to the values and the principles that bring equality to one and all, and that makes diversity a healthy and fundamental part of the foundation of High Point University.”