Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands


NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed though movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Everett B. Ward, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Paulette Walker, Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mary Wright, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Robert Clark, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Deborah Catchings-Smith, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan A. Mason Sr., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Antonio (Tony) Knox, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.



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Serious Sigma Summit Message from Bro. Micheal Cristal


…like all of our national conferences, security initiatives are always discussed with the hosting hotel during the initial planning of our conferences; as a result of the mass shooting that has taken place in Orlando, our plans are to have a follow-up conversation with our hotel contact to see if they’re reviewing their security best practices and making adjustments where needed; please know your leadership team always take the safety of our attendees into consideration when planning national meetings


Brother Micheal Cristal
International First Vice President & Chair, Serious Sigma Summit.

Jonathan A. Mason, Sr. Pastoral Installation

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