Circular hedge-lined plots set with golden medallions to celebrate historically Black fraternities and sororities and serve as a gathering place is planned for the heart of Wright State University’s campus.
Wright State is believed to be one of the first predominately white public universities in Ohio to create such plots, which will be in the form of a plaza. It is designed to represent the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the umbrella group for nine historically Black Greek letter organizations.
Wright State held a groundbreaking ceremony for the plots, which will be in a grassy area near the “Turning Points” sculpture and outside University Hall, on May 20.
Donations to support National Pan-Hellenic Council Memorial Plots at Wright State can be made online.
Adrian Williams, former president of the Student Government Association who graduated in May, said that in the early 1900s many African Americans were denied a full college experience, including unable to get internships or join student organizations and clubs.
“So these organizations were founded to promote academic excellence, social excellence, social justice initiatives,” he said. “The purpose of the plots is to honor the history of each organization and NPHC as a whole and provide a gathering spot for both current members and alumni.”
The plots are also designed to underscore Wright State’s commitment to inclusion and present an educational and cultural opportunity for students, faculty and staff.
“My goal isn’t to stay at Wright State forever, but my goal is to create something that will and serve its purpose here at Wright State,” said Dai’Shanae Moore, Wright State NPHC president and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Xi Xi Chapter.
The plaza will be 42 feet six inches – or 510 inches – in diameter to reflect the 5/10/1930 date of the founding of the National Pan-Hellenic Council at Howard University. Seating around the edge of the plaza varies in height from 19 to 37 inches to represent the year the council was incorporated in Illinois in 1937. The paver entry to the plaza will be nine feet wide in tribute to the nine fraternities and sororities.
The main medallion set in the plaza’s stone base representing the council will be 30 inches in diameter. The other medallions representing the nine Greek organizations will be 19 inches in diameter.
All nine NPHC fraternities and sororities have a strong history at Wright State. They include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Pi Phi Chapter; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Chi Chapter; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Epsilon Rho Chapter; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Xi Tau Chapter; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Beta Mu Chapter; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Lambda Rho Chapter; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Xi Xi Chapter; and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Gamma Lambda Chapter.