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During the fall 2022 semester, The Ohio State University is excited to unveil the historic National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Plaza. This project recognizes the contribution and impact NPHC has made on the campus community, honoring and celebrating the nine historically Black, Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities at Ohio State, known as the Divine Nine.
The NPHC Plaza will help promote a sense of unity, not only amongst the organizations at Ohio State, but for the Black community as a whole. Research shows that many predominantly white institutions (PWIs) are not focused on Black students finding their sense of community. These institutions will state that each student has a place at their institution, but it is up to the Black students to find their place (Swift, 2020). Approximately 6% of all students who attend Ohio State are Black/African American, and the NPHC Plaza will serve as a beacon of light, showcasing the growing diversity on-campus, serving as a central space for Black students to find their sense of community and an education asset to students on campus while also honoring Black history, heritage and tradition.