THE ROAD TO NPHC:
KNOW WHO WE ARE. Be comfortable with yourself. NPHC membership is a lifelong commitment; you must know who you are before you devote yourself to an NPHC organization.
DO YOUR RESEARCH. Learn about ALL the organization within NPHC (visit National websites). Suggested Reading: - Divine 9 by Laurence Ross - Black Greek 101 by Walter Kimbrough - African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and Division by Gregory S. Parks
ATTEND PROGRAMS, especially those hosted by NPHC, but attend Chapter sponsored programs for all NPHC Chapters! Get to know the NPHC, while they get to know you! Do not hesitate to engage in conversation with them. Attend seminars, informational programs, meet & greets, community service, academic and social events. At these programs, you will learn more about individual organizations and chapters. - Attend Black Greek 101, this is a great way to learn about the NPHC community at YSU. This is a place to ask questions about general membership! - Attend a Step Show
TAKE NOTES at programs, especially Black Greek 101
UNDERSTAND that each Chapter holds a membership process on their own timeline and not all Chapters take new members in any given academic year. Also know that each National Organization has slightly different requirements for potential new members and do not take first semester students who have not earned credit hours.
ASK QUESTIONS, we want you to ask real questions!
BE ATTENTIVE, demonstrate your interest with your actions.
Every NPHC Organization believes in developing leaders. START YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS EARLY and get involved in other campus organizations. NPHC organizations cannot offer membership to first semester first time students. Our organizations are looking for students who can demonstrate their ability to balance academics with involvement. Get involved in things that matter to you and help you develop your leadership skills.
GET TO KNOW NPHC, while they get to know you! Do not hesitate to engage in conversation with them!
EXPRESS INTEREST – with respect! - Once you have decided which organization is for you, it is best to speak directly with a current chapter member of the respective organization. This will be discussed in depth during Black Greek 101.