‘Divine Nine’ Plaza Honors the Legacy of Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities

Erika Johnson | October 26, 2023

Plaza is the first of its kind in California

UC San Diego recently became the first University of California campus—and first college in the state of California—to unveil a National Pan-Hellenic Council Plaza. The space recognizes the “Divine Nine,” a collection of historically Black Greek-letter organizations dedicated to community building and changemaking through fellowship. The courtyard is designed for the sororities and fraternities to host step shows, membership reveals and more. In addition, all Tritons and local community members are invited to learn about Black culture and identity.

The joyful celebration, held Oct. 21, was attended by a cheering crowd of sorority and fraternity members; campus leadership, students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as local community members. Many attendees wore their fraternity or sorority paraphernalia, representing the long legacy of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the governing body that was first founded in 1930 at Howard University to support student success as well as build community at a time when Black students experienced exclusion from social organizations.