‘We support each other. We love each other’ | Divine Nine fosters community

Avery Hill | The Daily Collegian | Jan. 22

Graphic by Annika Shastry

The Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi was chartered at Penn State in 1921 as the first of six National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations currently housed by Penn State.

Penn State’s Divine Nine features six Greek organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

These chapters of historically Black organizations have provided students at Penn State with a sense of community, service opportunities and resources to grow personally, professionally and academically for decades.

For Kairee Hunter, secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha’s Gamma Nu Chapter, joining a fraternity was a way to become a role model for young men in his community.

“I’m from Baltimore,” Hunter, a fourth-year studying animal science, said. “I didn’t really grow up with the most positive male influences in my life.”

Alpha Phi Alpha’s “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” program “concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement,” according to its site.

Through the program, Hunter went to his former high school to share his experience as a Penn State student with his community.


Phi Beta Sigma’s Lambda Lambda Chapter programming chair, Jayson Archer, saw the longevity of the brotherhood firsthand growing up.

Archer, a second-year studying aerospace engineering, is a legacy member of the fraternity, with his father being a member at Syracuse University.

“In 2020, my dad almost passed away from (COVID-19),” Archer said. “His brothers from his chapters and other chapters in the surrounding area … they were at our house in an instant.”

Archer’s decision to join the Lambda Lambda Chapter was reaffirmed after meeting International President of Phi Beta Sigma Chris V. Rey, as well as International President of Zeta Phi Beta Stacie NC Grant.