UK NPHC strives to make a difference on campus and beyond

By Grace Colville

The NPHC retreat in August 2022. Photo courtesy of Chloe Kellom.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2023) — The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) was founded May 10, 1930, on Howard University’s campus in Washington, D.C. Each organization within the council operates under NPHC’s mission of fostering the cooperative action of its members in addressing matters of mutual concern.

The University of Kentucky NPHC is the coordinating body for eight of the nine historically Black fraternities and sororities. It exists under the umbrella of UK Fraternity and Sorority Life which is housed in the UK Office for Student Success. The council organizes educational and cultural programs as well as community service projects for members and the larger university community. Its signature program is the annual Homecoming Step Show, which has become a tradition on campus.


Hurt, however, knew he was going to be in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. since he was “knee-high.” His confidence led to his election for president, and next he’s hoping to join NPHC council.

“The best way to affect an organization is to be a part of it,” Hurt said. “There are a lot of people who are members at large and come to meetings and just vote yes. Your vote is important, but your voice is better.”

Hurt’s connection to his fraternity growing up also extends into a deep nurturing of Black history in his childhood. He recalls his dad teaching him about Black history as often as possible.

“I feel very connected to Black History Month because, we’re African Americans. And to be celebrated in a place where you once didn’t belong or weren’t even considered human is a great thing,” Hurt said. “Me being Black, I wake up and celebrate it every day.”

The UK NPHC is home to the Epsilon Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Rho Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., the Mu Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Mu Theta chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the Iota Mu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., the Mu Omicron chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and the Zeta Psi chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.