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Divine Nine Garden Plaza - How gifts make a difference

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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.

Donations to this fund will help us to create a physical garden plaza at the Vilas Green and place historical markers to recognize all nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters — also known as the Divine Nine — to honor and appreciate the rich contributions this community has made at UW–Madison. NPHC students have led this effort, with critical partnerships with the other three Greek councils (Interfraternity Council, Pan Hellenic Association, and Multicultural Greek Council); the Student Inclusion Coalition, and UW–Madison administration.

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Creating a garden plaza set within the heart of campus will honor the considerable legacy of the NPHC chapters and further cultivate a campus community that invests in inclusion and creates a sense of belonging for Black students. Placing historical markers to publicly recognize and celebrate the NPHC is not a new tradition nationally, but this act would make UW–Madison the first in the state to stand alongside students and create a physical space on campus to honor them.

It is not too late to make a lasting impact through your gift. Donate to the Divine Nine Garden Plaza fund and help us honor the history of NPHC and create a more inclusive campus community for the future where all are seen.

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