National Pan-hellenic Council

Created in 1930, the National Pan-Hellenic Council is a coalition of historically African American fraternities and sororities. Southwestern University currently recognizes one National Pan-Hellenic Council chapter, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The council’s leaders uphold the community’s standards, manage recruitment and work with other student organizations to host social and service events. It also serves as a liaison between members and the general campus community.

Alpha Kappa Alpha

Established in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first sorority created for African-American women. The Sorority is a Multicultural Sorority dedicated to creating a college experience that is meaningful and productive. Alpha Kappa Alpha participates in programs both on campus and off, including major fundraisers, such as “One Million Backpacks” and “Change for Change.” The organization is also know for cross-cultural collaboration with other campus organizations and for promoting diversity and community service at Southwestern University.

Alpha Kappa Alpha - Upsilon Alpha Chapter
National Founding Date: 1908
National Incorporating Date: 1913
Southwestern University Charter Date: 2015
Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Flower: Pink Tea Rose
Programs: Launching New Dimensions of Service
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Membership requirements:

Purpose: to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards; promote unity and friendship among college women; alleviate problems concerning girls and women; maintain a progressive interest in college life; and to provide service to all mankind.