The first way to show interest is to attend a Greek 411. This program will give you the basics about joining an organization and introduce you to all the chapters. From there it is highly encouraged to research the organizations to find out more information about them to determine which one might be right for you. Through research you can determine which organization(s) you are most interested. It is then up to you to go out and support the organization’s programs and talk with the individual members. You should attend programs for all of the active NPHC organizations on your campus.
It is difficult for a student-athlete to join a NPHC organization simply due to the time commitment, however it can be done. As with any new obligation, it is important to develop good time management skills so that you can handle the extra commitment. Joining any student organization is going to require a time commitment. If you are a student athlete and interested in joining any greek letter organization, it is recommended that you talk with your coach to inform him/her of your intentions.
Each organization has a different process, some last for a weekend and some may last up to 6 or 8 weeks. It is similar to taking a “class” based on the organization. There is a lot of history and information to learn. Regular scheduled meetings, typically with a graduate chapter advisor, are to be expected.
The undergraduate chapter is engaged with other college/university activities and as well as community activities. The sponsoring graduate chapter will expect undergraduate chapter members to participate in some of their activities as well. Graduate chapters are very engaged in the community supporting many civic and community service based activities. Both levels of membership can require a significant time investment.
All NPHC organizations are open to anyone who identifies with the LGBTQ community. There are no policies prohibiting membership in any of the organizations.
When you initiate into a chapter, you have all the rights and responsibilities of every member at the inter/national level. Your local chapter designation is a way to identify which school and/or which the chapter you initiated into. By initiating into the local chapter, you are in effect initiated into the national chapter.
Each organization is founded on religious principles however none require you to denounce any of your religious beliefs. Your relationship with your God is yours to maintain and the organization will not interfere with that relationship if you do not let it.
There will be events and programs that will be required. The time commitment will be what you make of it, but be mindful that you will get so much more out of your organization than you put in. It is also important to realize that you are making a lifetime commitment by joining an organization.
The initial fee for affiliation at the undergraduate level can be a pretty big financial investment. It is often times based on your academic status (sophomore/junior/senior). After the initial fee there is typically an annual fee paid to the collegiate chapter and this varies based on the Chapter’s budget. Graduate chapter membership fees are based on the annual fee each member must pay to the inter/national organization and the graduate chapter’s budget.
Hazing is not tolerated by any of the organizations nor NKU and it is the expectation that hazing does not occur. Individuals participating in hazing (hazing someone else or allowing themselves to be hazed) face potential disciplinary action through the University and the inter/national organization. Consequences may also include criminal charges. The organization will also face consequences and may be suspended or expelled from campus.
Each organization has its own values, all of which will oftentimes align in some way with your personal values. The organization’s values can often give you a better understanding of your own personal values and even further your dedication to these values.
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