Since the first day students were enrolled in 1870, Indiana State University has embraced its commitment to diversity. The Divine Nine, which refers to the nation's nice historically Black Greek-letter fraternities and sororities, was founded as early as 1928 at Indiana State and became an integral part of the black student experience. Each semester, our Divine Nine organizations raise funds for their philanthropies, provide service hours to our communities, and serve in leadership roles at the institution.
We are excited to provide a space and a beautiful structure that recognizes the long history and many contributions that our Divine Nine organizations have made and continue to make on our campus. The space will be named the "NPHC Plaza" and will remind those walking by it of these organizations' significance and legacy at Indiana State University.
The NPHC Plaza will be situated in Library Park on campus, south of Cunningham Memorial Library and between the New Theatre and Root Hall. It is a highly visible campus space surrounded by walkways and trees where many faculty, staff, and students travel as they move around campus.
The Plaza's 910 square feet open circle design corresponds with the quarter circle of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organization. The structure comprises red bricks and neutral concrete resembling the university's Arch at Cherry and 3rd Streets. Each pillar of the structure will be 8 feet high and 5 feet across and be dedicated to one member of the Divine Nine, providing nine total pillars. The structure will be around a circular concrete patio stretching north and south. It will have benches for visitors to sit and reflect on the contributions of the Divine Nine at ISU.
The cost of the Plaza is approximately $750,000, of which the university will contribute two-thirds of the funding. We are seeking donor support for $250,000 for the project. Construction of the Plaza will begin when the fundraising has totaled $250,000.
NPHC Plaza Designed by Meticulous Design and Architecture (Indianapolis, IN)
Founders: $25,000 and above
Charter: $15,000 - $24,999
Lifetime: $10,000 - $14,999
Legacy: $5,000 - $9,999
Brother-Sister: $2,500 - $4,999
Service: $1,500 - $2,499
Community: Up to $1,499
Only donations of $2,500 and above will be placed on the recognition piece at the NPHC Plaza. Multiple people can donate together to reach giving thresholds for recognition, but only the group name will be displayed on the recognition piece at the plaza. All donors will be contacted in advance of any recognition effort at the Plaza, in order to ensure proper recognition of names, pledge lines, etc.
If you are interested in making a multi-year pledge to support the plaza, please contact Andrea Angel, Vice President of University Advancement/CEO of the ISU Foundation by eamil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional items are available to help you spread the word about the NPHC Plaza Project. These include a letter and various social media images that can be downloaded by visiting our website.