Fraternity and Sorority Life

Foster Courage in Life and Learning

Over 150 years ago, Fraternity & Sorority Life at UW-Madison was founded to instill the values of brotherhood and sisterhood, leadership, scholarship, service, and philanthropy in our students. UW-Madison FSL is home to over 4,000 students and nearly 60 chapters, each associated with one of four councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and Panhellenic Association (PHA).

Our members are leaders in the classroom and community. We contribute to campus and the surrounding communities by creating opportunities to support and participate in philanthropic and service-oriented activities and events; offering educational and personal development programs; providing a variety of ways to engage in leadership development; and by supporting the academic mission of the institution through research, scholarships, and a strong commitment to academic excellence.

This fall, we have launched a campaign to create a garden plaza on campus to physically represent and honor the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters on campus, also known as the Divine Nine. Through the garden plaza 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. Invest in inclusion. Donate today.

Donate to the Divine Nine Fund

All FSL GPA is 3.533 compared to all campus GPA at 3.527.

FSL supports 28 Interfraternity Council, 14 Panhellenic Association, 12 Multicultural Greek Council, and 6 National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters.

Fraternity & Sorority Life includes over 4,000 active members each year.

Divine Nine Garden Plaza –
Invest in Inclusion

Since 1946, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) has been a pillar of community, service, and strength for the Black student population at UW–Madison. Through campus leadership, community investment, academic achievement, and advocacy, the NPHC has been — and continues to be — a cornerstone for the survival of communities of color on this campus. Yet, as you make your way through Langdon Street and University Avenue, Van Hise to Engineering, the Kohl Center to Camp Randall, the near 75-year contributions of the fraternities and sororities of the NPHC are lost, unrepresented, and invisible. Nothing exists to physically represent the survival of these groups through years of discrimination, prejudice, and blatant racism.

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

The Impact of NPHC

“Alpha and the NPHC has not only been my stronghold and safe space, but through personal experiences and collaborative efforts, Greek life has also been the root of my personal and professional growth. Through Greek life, I found my purpose and expanded upon my passions of serving the community and helping others.” – Vershawn Hansen, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Class of 2020

“Members of NPHC show up for each other whether that be attending each other’s events or providing emotional support, we genuinely care about the well-being and success of each other.” – Victoria Millet, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Class of 2019

“This project will be significant to us. It will show we’ve endured and we’ve persevered in an environment that wasn’t cultivated for us to be a part of.” – Breonna Taylor, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Class of 2019

“Our NPHC does a great job with what we have, there are quality people in each chapter.” – Karon Sims, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Class of 2019

“For so many reasons, I never felt like the traditions that defined student life at UW-Madison was something that I could partake in. Joining a Black Greek Letter Organization gave me a deep sense of belonging at an institution that for so long told me that I couldn’t exist in those spaces.” – Marquise Mays, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Class of 2018

“I have learned the art of networking, public speaking, organization, and communication through being a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.” – Annie Griffin-Phipps, Current Student


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