In the Fall of 2020, we launched a campaign to create a garden plaza on campus to physically represent and honor the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters on campus. Through this project, our goal is to create an inclusive community at UW-Madison that recognizes the historic impact that our Black Fraternities and Sororities have had. Through these efforts, we were able to break ground on April 24th at the Vilas Green located on East Campus Mall. See photos from the April dedication ceremony here. Our community dedicated this location for the Divine Nine Plaza and hope to have a public unveiling in the Spring 2022.
A gift of any amount will make a huge impact. The first 20 donors to each chapter who make a gift of $1,000 or more will be listed on their Greek Chapter monument. There is only space for 20 names on each monument so recognition space is limited!
There is also recognition at the entry to the Plaza for gifts at $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 levels. Please reach out to Kelly De Haven for more information.
As the culture throughout the nation shifts to be more inclusive, it is important for UW–Madison to follow and lead in the areas that make significant impacts on campus culture and creates a sense of belonging for all students. The Divine Nine Garden Plaza project is not simply a desire for a few students, but a necessity for the entire community. Invest in inclusion. Donate today.
We have received a Chancellor’s Challenge gift of $25,000 highlighting her commitment to the importance of this project. NPHC alumni – Candace McDowell (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), Monte McDowell (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.), Lorraine McDowell (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.), and Vanessa McDowell (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), Michael Jackson (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc), and another alumnus (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Xi Chapter), have joined Chancellor Blank’s challenge for a total collective gift of $100,000. They are challenging the campus community, alumni, and friends to raise the remaining $100,000 needed.
Donate to the Divine Nine Fund