Joining an NPHC Organization
Jun 23, 2015 by Emily Perrin Britt
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (or NPHC for short) is the coordinating body for the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities. NPHC at UK is the largest in the state with all nine national organizations active on campus and over 100 members each year. Joining an NPHC organization is different in some ways from joining another fraternity or sorority, so here's some additional information about Membership Intake.
NPHC organizations use a process called Membership Intake to take new members into their chapters. The Membership Intake process (or MIP for short) is all about educating prospective members on the history of both the organization and chapter, as well as working on collaborative projects and service events related to the mission and purpose of the organization. Unlike the Panhellenic or Interfraternity Councils, this process is organized by each chapter independently. There is not a structured recruitment process that all chapters participate in together. Some chapters have membership intake every semester, while others will have MIP every other year. It is up to the chapter to determine when they would like to have new members.
Even though each organization hosts membership intake independently, the structure of each group’s process is similar. MIP begins with a formal informational session or formal rush where prospective members can learn about the organization, policies and expectations related to the intake process, and what they need to do in order to apply. From here, applications are usually submitted and then selected candidates will participate in educational meetings over the course of a few weeks. Membership intake is completed with a formal ceremony called initiation when the prospective members are officially members of the fraternity or sorority.
This year the council here at UK has instituted NPHC 101 which is a mandatory, educational program occurring on September 10th. All students interested in participating in MIP for an NPHC organization must attend NPHC 101 to be eligible for selection to participate in a chapter’s membership intake process for that semester. NPHC 101 will cover more information about each organization, the membership intake process at UK, and you will be able to ask any question you have about NPHC and the member organizations.
Learn more about NPHC organizations and membership intake at the NPHC website at www.kentuckynphc.com.