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Membership selection in NPHC is an individualized process that is different for each organization. Chapters choose the time when they will take new members. This process, known as intake, generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of membership education. The membership process culminates with initiation and a probate, or "coming-out" show in which the organization's new members are revealed to the community.
Joining a chapter in the NPHC is a lifelong commitment to a far-reaching national organization that is both exciting and rewarding. The brotherhood/sisterhood and dedication to community service that you will share as a member of an NPHC organization is unlike any other.
Interested in joining an NPHC fraternity or sorority? Below are a few tips to get you started:
Research the various organizations within the NPHC. Look for a fraternity or sorority that encompasses the values, goals and objectives that are most fitting with your own. Visit their national and local websites and look for any publications that discuss the origin and basic tenants of the organization.
The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.
Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities by Walter M. Kimbrough
Look for flyers, Facebook invitations and other publicity about programs and functions that will be hosted by the chapters that you are interested in. Events are most frequently advertised on the bulletin boards around campus. Your attendance can not only show your interest in the organization, but also give you a better understanding of their programs and make connections with the members.
Once you have identified the organization that you are interested in joining, do not be afraid to introduce yourself. Choosing the organization that you would like to join is a serious decision, and one that can be greatly impacted by your interactions and conversations with the members.
Chapters seek new members that have an understanding, genuine appreciation and respect for the organization. Excellent candidates for membership are those that have researched its history, exemplify its standards and values, have leadership and community service experience, and can be a positive addition to the chapter. Take a moment to identify the personal experiences, accomplishments and beliefs that you can bring to the chapter as a new member.
An organizations informational/interest meeting is where the criteria for membership are explained. Informational meetings may be publicized via flyers or by a direct invitation from the chapter.
To learn more about the values, history and how to join specific organizations, please visit their chapter or national website.