NPHC Construction | Photo by Christian Peters | The Wright State Guardian
Wright State University’s (WSU) National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) shared Oct. 2 will be the new opening day for the memorial plots.
The plots, honoring nine historically Black and Brown fraternities and sororities, are set to be completed slightly before Oct. 2.
The Council originally planned for the memorial to be opened by move-in weekend 2021. The project, delayed due to supply issues among other setbacks, was then set to be completed by the end of September.
The project also experienced setbacks and delays due to inclement weather.
The unveiling ceremony will take place on Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. It will be similar to the groundbreaking ceremony with featured speakers and a reception to follow.
The ceremony will also include an official ribbon cutting.
According to Gina Keucher, program director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, the plots are a visible symbol of recognition, especially to students who struggle to feel like they were important on WSU’s campus.
“It is an absolute statement that you have a home here, that you have a space on this campus,” Keucher said. “I’m really hoping that is a way for them to hear the administration and their real desire and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
NPHC plots were originally started on historically black college campuses, but the idea made its way to predominantly white college campuses, such as WSU.
WSU is believed to be one of the first predominantly white public universities in Ohio to create such a plot.
At Cornell University in 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha was the first Greek-letter Fraternity established for African American men. The NPHC was created 24 years later, in 1930.
Today, the NPHC includes the divine nine historically black greek letter fraternities and sororities.
“Plots on campus serve as a recognition of the historical importance of land and how land was denied to black families,” Daishane Moore, president of NPHC at WSU, said.
According to Adrian Williams, Former Student Body President and Kappa Alpha Psi member, the Divine Nine and the NPHC started from African American students trying to find a home on campus.
“In the early 1900s, they [African Americans] were allowed to get an education at predominately white institutions, but they were not allowed to do any of the activities that kind of make the college experience the full thing, so they formed their own.”
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