Week of Events
Each fall NPHC hosts a week of events to welcome students back to campus. This year we were able to collaborate with other campus partners including African American Studies, Black Cultural Center, Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue 360, the Black Male Excellence Network (BMEN) and Breaking Bread as well as several student organizations including the Multicultural Greek Council, NAACP, Black Graduate Student Association, and the Black Student Union.
The annual NPHC Yard Show serves to promote unity and inclusion within the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and is also a showcase for the Purdue Community to see the accomplishments of the council. The event is free to all guests and includes live entertainment and a celebration of the council’s near 80 year existence. The event includes entertainment and recognition of the nine member organizations and their members, and will be a welcome to all new members who have joined in the last academic year.
In order to provide an opportunity for students to learn more about all of the NPHC organizations and to help educate students on the purpose of each organization, NPHC hosted a symposium. At the beginning of the symposium, the students learned about this history of NPHC and who the organizations are. They also were given tips on ways to express interest in the future. Afterward, the students visited rooms for each of the organizations and learned more specific information about each organization and their local chapters.
State of the Black Community at Purdue
In the fall NPHC also hosted a panel discussion on the state of the Black community at Purdue. This event was held in Loeb Playhouse and was attended by several hundred students. The purpose of this event was to bring together organizations aimed toward the advancement of minority students, and the unity of all collegiate members. This event was designed to foster a sense of positivity and awareness about many of the issues that exist on campus, and to provide advice and support to those who have inquiries. The Exponent featured an article on their front page about the event as well. Our Master of Ceremonies, Cason Brunt, who is the Director of the Breaking Bread Initiative and Black Male Excellence Network, directed questions to the panel who included representatives from faculty, staff and students.
NPHC worked with Project Sweet Peas this fall to provide items for families who have infants in intensive care and those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
Council Development Workshops
This year, the National Pan-Hellenic Council received a SOGA grant to be able to bring Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. to present All We Do Is Step and Stroll?! This interactive event discussed the origins and purpose of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and ways to create an empowered, relevant community.
Rasheed Ali Cromwell, Esq. is one of the leading authorities on fraternity and sorority life on college campuses. Through, the Harbor Institute, Mr. Cromwell has provided consulting, and dynamic workshops and keynote speeches for thousands of students and administrators at more than 175 higher education institutions in the areas of Black and Multicultural Greek Lettered Organizations.
Annually Purdue's NPHC hosts a Step Show competition in the spring semester. All of the member organizations in good standing compete to be the step show champions! Each year there is a theme selected by the council and the individual organizations create a show based on this theme. This high energy event showcases the personalities, and talents of NPHC!